Think of Hawaii and you no doubt picture endless beaches, tropical vegetation and exotic charm - a dream that becomes a reality as soon as you enter its beautiful cruising grounds. A yacht is by far the best way to meander through the channels and waterways intersecting the eight main islands and over 120 minor reefs and islets.
Dive into the blue water surrounded by lush palms, and discover thriving coral reefs teeming with colourful marine life that ensure fantastic diving and snorkelling opportunities. Each island is different and distinct it its own way, made up of active volcanoes, enticing waters, Polynesian culture and delicious cuisine. White sand and volcanic sand beaches are lapped by azure waves dotted with tanned surfers.
With a coastline stretching 750 miles and 132 islets, shoals and reefs, Hawaii’s spectacular beaches come in all shapes, sizes and colours – including black, whilst a kaleidoscope of tropical fish, colourful corals and exotic marine life waits beneath the surface of the water. The six main islands of Kuai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui and Hawaii’s Big Island are one of the most isolated archipelagos in the world but they are well worth the trip to get there.
Whilst the island landscapes overflow with lush rainforests, volcanic deserts, fresh floral scented beaches and sea cliffs worn by time, one of the main natural attractions in Hawaii are its tumbling waterfalls. From the magnificent 442ft Akaka Falls in Hilo to the dramatic Opeakaa Falls in Kuai with scenic mountain backdrops, quaint villages and flowing rivers just add to the magical experience.
Take a long walk along the gorgeous Lanikai beach that stretches along the Windward Coast before snorkelling in the calm waters. Hapuna Beach on Big Island is often considered one of the world’s most beautiful beaches with perfect alabaster sands sloping into crystal-clear waters. Used countless times in Hollywood movies as a backdrop to paradise, the stunning Haena Beach boasts golden sand and turquoise water, fringed by verdant cliffs. Step back in time and experience Hawaiian life in its purist form on the island of Molokai, where ancient traditions and values still form a strong part of modern life in a setting of magnificent waterfalls, towering cliffs and rippling sand dunes.
For a taste the spirited Hawaiian nightlife and entertainment, visit the thriving cultural centre of Honolulu with a mixture of exquisite beaches and colourful city life. The beach park Nawiliwili on the east side of Mount Wai’ale’ale holds a medley of treasures within its deep valleys and canyons, towering mountains and magnificent waterfalls. Take a helicopter tour of the island of Niihau and absorb the traditional Hawaiian way of life of the some 250 locals living simply and peacefully among their beautiful surroundings. Cruise alongside the dramatic cliffs of Kauais Napali coast, taste some of the world’s best coffee in the verdant hills above Kona, and feel the warmth of the Aloha spirit in Maui.
- Try your luck at big-game fishing off the Kona Coast.
- Sunbathe on the golden crescent of Hapuna Beach on Big Island.
- Spot humpback whales that migrate to the warm waters between December and April.
- Snorkel and dive with fish that swim right up to you in Hanauma Bay.
- The calm, shallow waters of Kahaluu Beach on Big Island are perfect for beginner snorkelers and children.
- Take in the views of the reddish-gold coloured sands fringed by volcanic cliffs of Kee Beach, Kuai.
- The annual Merrie Monarch Hula Festival on Big Island, a huge hula extravaganza held the week after Easter.