Tropical Weather and a laid-back pacific island vibe are just some of the things that make Hawaii unique. The Kilauea volcano’s lunar surface contrasts sharply with the lush green woods dotted with exotic flora on these islands, which sit atop enormous volcanic mountaintops protruding out into the ocean.
Mountain of Hawaii
In the spectacular Na Pali coast, waterfalls cascade like tears, while on Kauai, the Waimea Canyon was cut deep into the rock by ancient rivers. In the Big Island, you’ll find an active volcano, while on Oahu you’ll find Pearl Harbor and its rich history.
Ocean life is abundant in the Pacific Ocean, which surrounds them all and provides unlimited options for snorkelling and scuba diving, as well as surfing and swimming after a long day at the beach. Perhaps the most memorable aspect of the islands is their inhabitants, who are so kind that they make you feel like you’ve stepped into a fantasy world.
Waimea Canyon, Kauai
Located on Kauai’s west side, Waimea Canyon is one of Hawaii’s most stunning natural vistas, measuring 16 kilometers wide and over 1 kilometer deep. Craters, cliffs, crevasses, and even a few rainbows in this rocky wonderland produce centuries of volcanic activity, rainfall, and erosion. Waimea Canyon Road, available by self-driving or guided excursions like those offered by Roberts Hawaii, provides stunning views of the area’s natural splendor. Get trail maps from Kokee Museum and explore the ridges, forests, and valleys in more detail. Downhill biking with Outfitters Kauai or a helicopter ride with Blue Hawaiian Helicopters is two more options to see the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.”
The only two active volcanoes on the island of Hawaii, Mauna Loa and Kilauea may be found at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Kilauea Visitor Center is the best place to get the most up-to-date information on volcanic activity and park maps. Adventure abounds, with steam vents, lava tunnels, hiking routes, and cycling through the jungle all available. Check out the Volcano Art Center and Volcano House, where you may eat and drink while taking in the stunning views of the volcanoes of Kilauea and Halemaumau.
Napali Coast, Kauai
Along Kauai’s Napali Coast, a 24-kilometer length of water dotted with over kilometer-high sea cliffs, you’ll find some of Hawaii’s most spectacular landscapes. Book a boat tour, sunset sail, or sea cave rafting experience with Blue Dolphin Kauai for the best views of this natural marvel. Keep your camera handy! You can catch anything from flowing waterfalls and isolated beaches to the splashing spinner dolphins of Hawaii and the bopping green sea turtles of the Great Barrier Reef! With Safari Helicopters or Wings Over Kauai, you can take your photography to the next level by flying over the island in a tiny aircraft.
Mauna Kea, Island of Hawaii
Mauna Kea, the state’s highest point, may be found on the island of Hawaii. Because of its low humidity, clear skies, and lack of light pollution, this is the finest place on Earth to see the night sky with the biggest telescopes. It is booking a stargazing excursion with Mauna Kea Summit Adventures or Hawaii Forest & Trail.
At sunset, guests soar above the clouds for a breathtaking view of the sunset, followed by a stargazing session with unimpeded views of the night sky. Take pleasure in viewing all of the northern hemisphere stars and a substantial fraction of the southern-hemisphere stars at the same time. Dress warmly for the 4,200-meter altitude, as it can get chilly.
Located on the Hawaiian island of Maui, Haleakala Volcano Crater is a popular tourist destination known for its spectacular dawn and sunset views (sunrise viewing reservations required). Winter in Hawaii may be chilly and sometimes snowy due to the island’s high elevation.
More than a million tourists flock to this part of Hawaii every year. There’s something eerie about the mountain environment, with dark and empty valleys blending with odd lava formations and silversword plants that appear like something out of a science fiction film. Take a downhill bike ride with Bike Maui or go hiking and camping in Haleakala National Park to get a sense of the surrounding nature and the people there.
One of Oahu’s two main mountain ranges, the Koolau Range, was formed by volcanic eruption and wind, and erosion throughout time. Nearly 60 kilometers of the Windward Coast of Oahu run parallel to the spectacular rock face of this region. Self-driving the Interstate H-3 Freeway or taking a Circle Island Tour that encompasses it are two of the simplest ways to enjoy this natural splendor.
The “huge hills” are covered in lush greenery when the rains come, making it hard to overlook them. Visit the Byodo-In Temple at the foot of the Koolau Range, which is a short detour away. In Japan, the Byodo-In Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a history spanning more than 950 years, is being re-created in miniature. To mark the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the first Japanese settlers in Hawaii, a stunning Buddhist temple was erected on the island of Oahu.
Iao Valley, Maui
The 365-meter-tall Iao Needle may be found amid Maui’s tropical paradise, Iao Valley. Kamehameha I defeated the Maui army in 1790 at this natural landmark, which is revered by the Hawaiian people and has historical importance. The Valley Isle Excursions trip or driving yourself to the destination is a great way to view it. Following the parking lot’s walkway to the observation deck, take a stroll into the adjacent rainforest. Signage throughout the region provides a wealth of information about the location.
Diamond Head, Oahu
Hawaii’s most famous natural landmark, Diamond Head, is the postcard-perfect backdrop to Waikiki Beach. Previously used as a military station, this dormant volcano is now available. Visitors may reach the peak through stairwells, tunnels, and a bunker via a defined route on the crater’s inner slope. A fantastic approach to learning about Oahu is visiting the overlook, which offers a panoramic perspective of the island. Visit Hawaii Forest & Trail for information about guided excursions. Make plans for a Saturday morning trek and visit the KCC Farmer’s Market, only a few miles away (7:30-11:00 am).
Puu Pehe, Lanai
One of Lanai’s most recognizable natural landmarks, Puu Pehe, may be found off the island’s southern shore between Manele Bay and Hulopoe Bay. This sea stack is also known as Sweetheart Rock because of its Hawaiian history. The Four Seasons Resort Lanai is a short walk from the site, making it convenient for both locals and tourists. Once you’ve made it through Hulopoe Beach, you’ll see a succession of tidal pools and the tomb-link marker shortly after. Observing the sunset in this tranquil location is a wonderful experience.
Kalaupapa Cliffs, Molokai
Hawaii’s least-developed island, Molokai, has the world’s tallest sea cliffs at Kalaupapa Cliffs on the northern peninsula. People with Hansen’s Disease (leprosy) were exiled to Kalaupapa, a distant territory that is difficult to reach. At the moment, the only way to see the breathtaking cliffs of the escarpment is from above, so be sure to get in touch with Makani Kai Air if you’re interested in learning more.