Have you witnessed the majesty of a rainbow relaxing in a waterfall? Have you peacefully floated with a sea turtle or playfully flirted with a dolphin? This is what you do in the Hawaiian Islands. As the natural beauty energizes you, the spirit of freedom renews your life force. Take the opportunity to discover the raw, unspoiled earth of the Hawaiian islands on the wings of an albatross… or a passenger ship.
One of the finest ways to experience the magic of the American islands of Polynesia is by sailing through the Pacific Ocean on a cruise holiday with the stars as your night light. Cruise lines like Norwegian, Princess and Royal Caribbean have different paradise-offering options that can give you ample time to find your groove and do some exploring. Keep in mind, travelling often throws curve balls like lost luggage, missing connections and random acts of injury. Be a savvy traveller and get Travel Guard cruise insurance for the peace of mind of knowing who to call if something goes awry in the great wide open.
While you could very easily spend your entire vacation on the cruise ship – some offer amenities like piano bars, water parks and spas – no matter which carrier you choose, stepping off at the different sea ports and experiencing the splendour of Hawaii will change your life. What are you going to do on the islands once your albatross lands at their ports? Options: there are so many of them. Gohawaii.com details each island’s allure:
Oahu – Port of Honolulu
Nicknamed, “The Gathering Place,” Oahu is where the clear water embraces the cosmopolitan lifestyle. Honolulu is the state capital of Hawaii and it offers more action than a majority of the other sleepy Hawaiian towns. With prime shopping opportunities, juicy restaurants and a culture rich with history sitting side by side, the port of Oahu is a main stop for cruise ships. Excursions can take you body surfing on the local favourites, Sandy Beach, Waikiki Beach and The North Shore.
Find yourself devouring sweet pineapple at the Dole Plantation, touring along the Diamond Head Crater’s trails, tunnels and military bunkers, honouring history at the Pearl Harbor Memorial and marvelling at the architecture of Iolani Palace.
Kauai – Port of Nawiliwili
Hawaii’s “Garden Isle” is quite accurate according to Gohawaii.com’s guidebook as it describes this charming island as the tropical centrepiece of Hawaii. Not only will you find amazement in its beauty, but the outdoor activities will delight. It is luxury, this island. Opportunities to explore include traversing the lush trails of the Kokee State Park, wading in the natural cascading waterfalls and ziplining through magical rainforests.
Maui – Port of Lahaina
Drive, cycle or ride on horseback up 9,740 feet above sea level to watch the sun rise and set over a sea of clouds at Haleakala National Park. Navigate the winding hairpin roads of the legendary cliffside “road to Hana” (Hana Highway). Stop along the way to capture the natural wonders of Hawaii’s essence. Past the city of Hana, there are snorkelling opportunities at a black sand beach and a red sand beach. Do not miss the tiered cascading waterfalls and the seven sacred pools.
You may decide to stay right there in the whaling village of Lahaina. With darling boutiques and restaurants, this historic little town captures the charm of Maui. The Old Lahaina Luau is a popular traditional event that shouldn’t be missed.
“The Big Island” – Port of Hilo
From black sand beaches to lavish rainforests to flightseeing over the active volcano at Mount Kilauea, The island of Hawaii collides worlds allowing you to discover its diversity. Properly named, “The Big Island” is almost twice as big as all the others combined.
Disembark into another world. One that allows you to simply relax, to take your board to the sea, to kayak with the sea turtles or to feel the heat from the lava of an active volcano on your skin…It’s Hawaii.