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Welcome to Hawaii

Anyone can see why the Pacific archipelago of Hawaii is a favorite pick for travelers: cobalt waters, powder-white beaches, volcanic peaks, indigenous wildlife, and rich traditional culture. Hawaii’s vibe is casual and laid-back, with life here mostly lived outside. Locals and visitors divide their time between chowing down on traditional island food, surfing or bodyboarding the waves, snorkeling or diving the coral reefs, or hiking over ancient lava flows.

Each main island offers both expected and unique experiences. Sail and snorkel off the coast of Maui; summit Mauna Kea, kayak with dolphins, and traverse volcanic crater rims on the Big Island; hike through rain forests and valleys on rugged Kauai; and check off Oahu's top things to do, from visiting Pearl Harbour to leaning to surf at Waikiki Beach. For seclusion, empty beaches, and authentic Hawaiin culture, Molokai and Lanai—the two least populated of the main islands—beckon.

Whatever your vision of a dream Hawaiian vacation, the recipe is simple: Choose your islands, choose your activities, choose your pace, book your trip, and enjoy.

Top 10 attractions in Hawaii

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Molokini Crater

Molokini Crater

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When was the last time you had a snorkel adventure inside of a sunken Hawaiian volcano, or enjoyed a freshly cooked BBQ lunch on the deck of a sailing catamaran? Thanks to its calm, crystal clear waters, bright coral reef, and 250-plus species of tropical fish, Molokini Crater is the most popular spot for snorkeling tours on Maui. Spend a day on a snorkeling tour as you explore the protected marine preserve and come face to face with some of Hawaii's most colorful marine life.More
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Na Pali Coast

Na Pali Coast

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With steep emerald cliffs, lush valleys, and remote cascading waterfalls, the Na Pali Coast is one of Hawaii’s most beautiful regions, and no visit to Kauai is complete without a visit to this magical coastline. There are only three ways to explore the Na Pali Coast—by air, by sea, and on foot—and each offers its own unique perspective.More
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Road to Hana (Hana Highway)

Road to Hana (Hana Highway)

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Tropical foliage, black sand beaches, rushing waterfalls and incredible views are the calling cards of the legendary, winding Road to Hana. The famous roadway along Maui’s North Shore (also called the Hana Highway) includes 600 hairpin turns and more than 50 bridges and is known as one of the most beautiful roads in the world.More
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Mauna Kea Summit & Observatory

Mauna Kea Summit & Observatory

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Visiting the Mauna Kea Summit and Observatories gives you the feeling of being on top of the world for good reason: You’re actually pretty close. Standing at 13,796 feet (4,138 meters), the mountain is Hawaii's tallest and the highlight of many visitors' trips to the Big Island of Hawaii. The Mauna Kea Observatories (MKO) feature some of the world's largest telescopes, including equipment from Canada, France, and the University of Hawaii, due to its designation as an unparalleled destination for stargazing.More
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Honolulu

Honolulu

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Honolulu is so much more than just the sunny resort area of Waikiki, where white sands stretch all the way to iconic Diamond Head. The capital city is Hawaii’s commercial and urban heart, with first-class museums, shopping, dining, clubs, and bars. And every year millions of visitors from around the globe find aloha in Honolulu, where surfboards, sunsets, swimming, and taking it slow are simply a way of life.More
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Kailua Pier

Kailua Pier

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Kailua Pier is the northern bookend to most of Kailua-Kona’s restaurants, shops and bars, a stretch of concrete wide enough to host four-lanes of traffic (if it wasn’t closed off to cars). The historic pier was first built as a downtown fishing dock in 1900 and utilized rocks from deconstructed Hawaiian palace and fort walls, but today few boats moor here. Instead, the pier is mostly used for large events and festivals including the annual Kona Ironman World Championships, which starts and finishes at the pier, and the Kona International Billfish Tournament whose daily catches of sometimes-massive fish species including Pacific blue marlin are weighed from pier-side scales for all to see.On the pier’s northern side, a small beach fronting the King Kamehameha Marriott Hotel has public showers, restroom blocks and hosts community events such as the Kona International Surf Film Festival and the Kona Brewers’ Festival. Aside from the beach, the best vantage forAhu’ena Heiau, a still-revered thatch-roof temple dedicated to Lono and dating to the early 19th century, is from Kailua Pier. Some say the temple is just 1/3 of its original size when built by Island-uniting King Kamehameha I. Because it is believed the monarch also died here, the site and its tiny man-made island remain sacred and off-limits to the public, despite being on the National Register of Historic Landmarks.More
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Mokolii Island

Mokolii Island

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Located a short distance offshore of Kualoa Point, Mokolii Island is one of Oahu’s most famous landmarks. This small, cone-shaped island attracts adventurous visitors with its secluded coves, rugged hikes, and views of Oahu’s windward coast and the Koolau mountains; the same mountains featured in scenes of the movie Jurassic Park.More
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Pearl Harbor National Memorial

Pearl Harbor National Memorial

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Made up of several historic sites and memorials, Pearl Harbor honors and educates the public about the Japanese attack on the United States on December 7, 1941 that propelled the country into World War II. It’s one of Hawaii’s most-visited attractions, and one of the country’s most significant WWII memorial sites.More
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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Located on the Big Island of Hawaii, the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park offers visitors a front-row seat to the region’s striking natural beauty. Home to everything from lush rain forest and the Halemaumau Crater to lava tubes and rolling black lava fields—where hot steam still rises from fissures and rifts that dot the rugged landscape—Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is a must on the Big Island.More
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Oahu North Shore

Oahu North Shore

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Surfing is king on Oahu’s North Shore, where summer’s placid snorkeling spots are transformed into pounding 40-foot (12-meter) waves come winter. On land you’ll find a peaceful respite from hectic Honolulu, with scenic waterfall hikes, sleepy farms selling tropical fruit, and food trucks doling out garlic shrimp.More

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Top activities in Hawaii

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Paradise Cove Luau

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Molokini Snorkeling Adventure Aboard Calypso (MAUI / Ma'alaea Harbor)
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Kauai ATV Waterfall Tour
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Oahu Submarine Scooter Adventure
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Encounter with Dolphins and Turtles in the Wild and Hawaiian Cultural Experience
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Recent reviews from experiences in Hawaii

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A must see in person!
Sheila_D, Jul 2021
Deluxe Arizona Memorial and Historical City Tour
This was one of the reasons why I wanted to visit Honolulu, Hawaii.
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Big Island in a Day Tour MORE than worth it!!!
Diane_B, Jul 2021
Historical Dinner Cruise to Kealakekua Bay
The info he taught us was amazing, the trip to the coffee farm, bakery, Volcano National Park, and waterfalls was truly spectacular!!
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Great loop around the island!
Erica_G, Jul 2021
Island and You: Circle-Island Local Food Tour of Oahu
This tour was a great way to see a lot of the island and try out new food!
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Unforgettable experience!
Marissa_M, Jul 2021
Turtle Canyons Snorkel Excursion
We were able to see 10+ turtles during our experience in the water.
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Go Deep
Fred, Jul 2021
Waikiki Atlantis Submarine Adventure
The sub windows were big enough that allow you to see very clearly.
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Great experience
Jennifer_B, Jul 2021
Big Island in a Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, History
What a great way to see the whole island!
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So much fun
stephryan, Jul 2021
9-Line Zipline Experience
This was definitely one of my favorite activities while in Hawaii.
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Magical trip
Zayra_C, Jul 2021
Waterfall Hike and Nature Walk
The opportunity to see the wonders of Hawaii.
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Totally worth the day pass!
Beth_K, Jul 2021
Waikiki Trolley Hop-On Hop-Off Tour of Honolulu
We wanted to see the beauty of Oahu and this (green/blue) gave us just the right amount, and it didn’t disappoint.
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Nice way to end the day in paradise
Alex, Jul 2021
Sunset Cocktail Cruise West Oahu
Took time to visit with their passengers.
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Once in a lifetime experience
Jennifer_B, Jul 2021
RAFT ADVENTURE - Na Pali 1/2 Day Snorkel
To see the sea caves up close were once in a lifetime experience.
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Awesome hike !! With amazing service.
Juana_A, Jul 2021
Waterfall Hike and Nature Walk
This tour of the waterfall was my favorite walk and tour of the many I did in Hawaii.
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Amazing and beautiful way to see Hawaii!!
Johnny_B, Jul 2021
Isle Sights Unseen - 45 Min Helicopter Tour - Doors Off or On
Thank you for a wonderful way to see Hawaii!!
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Amazing experience
Kat, Jul 2021
Turtle Canyon Catamaran Snorkel Cruise
We were able to see so many turtles and the whole crew was absolutely great!
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Fantastic way to see the entire island in a day!
Rachel_M, Jul 2021
Big Island in a Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, History
Great way to see the entire island and see some big highlights: Volcano National Park, waterfalls, a coffee farm and do a little hiking.
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David_C, Jul 2021
West Maui and Molokai Exclusive 45-Minute Helicopter Tour
Molokai cliffs and waterfalls are mind blowing.
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Breathtaking. A must have experience.
Alma_L, Jul 2021
Circle of Fire Helicopter Tour from Hilo
To see the depth of the crater is breathtaking.
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Great Time!
Shannon_B, Jul 2021
Aloha Circle Island Tour - Full Day Adventure
Great way to see the island and learn about Hawaii.
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Amazing!
Maria_G, Jul 2021
Big Island BIG Volcano Adventure from Kona: Small Group
We are so happy that we take the decision to do this tour cause we were able to see al the beauty and amaze of Hawaii.
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Amazing customized tour of Oahu
MaryFrances_D, Jul 2021
Diamond head crater trail , Sightseeing & South Side beach day
She introduced us to Hawaiian treats and showed us incredible beaches, wave pools, as well as a hike through a botanical garden capped off with a swim under a waterfall.

All about Hawaii

When to visit

With tropical breezes and ideal beach weather beckoning year-round, there’s really no bad time to visit Hawaii. Look for off-season discounts and the mildest temps in late spring and early fall. Winter brings more rain and higher prices, but north shore swells make for epic surfing, and migrating humpback whales put on a wild display from December through May.

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