Whether you’re headed to the Aloha State for your honeymoon or for your annual family vacation, here are a few of the top attractions, breathtaking sights and fun Hawaii travel ideas that are sure to make your trip an unforgettable one!
The Big Island Botanical Gardens
Soothe the spirit and feed the soul by taking a stroll through the botanical gardens of the Big Island. The gardens (the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden and the World Botanical Gardens) feature thousands of different exotic plants, trees and flowers.
A Night Flight Over an Active Volcano
Sounds adventurous, doesn’t it? Hawaii’s big island is the only island on earth that is growing faster than it is eroding, thanks to the Kilauea volcano. Tourists can see the magnificent yet eerie sight of scorching lava spewing from an active volcano from the air courtesy of Big Island Air, the only company that offers night flights over the volcano.
Volcanoes National Park
Speaking of volcanoes, the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in the southern part of the Big Island is not to be missed! The park attracts more than 2.5 million visitors each year and encompasses more than 333,000 acres. The Kilauea volcano is the main attraction and visitors can see lava spew and flowing. The park is open 24 hours a day and make sure you check with park officials before you set out to view the sights!
The Rainbow Falls of Hilo
Just one of Hawaii’s many spectacular waterfalls, the Rainbow Falls were named so for the rainbows that appear every morning when the sun shines through the mists created by the falls.
Kona Coffee Tour
Calling all coffee lovers! Similar to the wine tasting tours offered in California’s Napa Valley, you can tour the coffee farms of internationally-known Kona coffee. You’ll enjoy seeing the specialty farms, mills, retail outlets, museums and beautiful country roads.
A protected marine sanctuary, Pawai Bay (near Kona) is one of Hawaii’s best places to snorkel and scuba dive. The bay is home to more than 600 species of tropical fish, manta rays, sea turtles and more. You may even see the occasional dolphin!
Walk Through Historic Honolulu
Like most major cities, Honolulu has its share of rich history, stunning architecture and downtown charm. Take a stroll through downtown Honolulu and discover a myriad of historic sites, delicious restaurants and quaint shops.