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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Dole Plantation

Dole Plantation

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What started out as a Wahiawa fruit stand in the middle of the pineapple fields in 1950 is now an extremely popular Hawaiian attraction. The sprawling Dole Plantation in central Oahu is a rural throwback to a time when the pineapple helped rule Oahu’s economy. Visitors can sample the sweet yellow fruit, ride on the famous Pineapple Express train and motor out through the fields, take a walk through a huge garden maze, learn how to find fresh pineapple when grocery shopping, and hear how pineapples are grown on plants—and not underground or on trees.More
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Waikiki Beach

Waikiki Beach

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For decades, Waikiki Beach has been Oahu’s tourist mecca thanks to its palm-fringed white-sand beaches and high-rise luxury hotels that stretch from downtown Honolulu east toward the towering Diamond Head. Here all the spoils of Hawaiian beach life—from sunbathing and swimming to snorkeling and fruity-cocktail sipping—are within steps of world-class shopping and dining.More
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Diamond Head

Diamond Head

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Arguably Hawaii's most well-known sight, Diamond Head Crater is more than just a famous Waikiki backdrop but also an entire attraction unto itself, featuring one of Oahu's best hikes for a panoramic view. From atop the 760-foot (231-meter) summit, visitors can gaze out from Koko Head Crater to the Honolulu skyline and down on Waikiki Beach, where surfers, paddlers, sailboats, and canoes all splash through the tropical waters.More
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USS Arizona Memorial

USS Arizona Memorial

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The USSArizona Memorial floats above the watery site where the eponymous battleship was bombed and sunk, taking 1,177 lives with it, in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The solemn, all-white memorial features a marble wall of names of those who served onboard and spans theArizona’s width, with openings to look down on the sunken hull.More

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Top activities in Hawaii

Paradise Cove Luau
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Paradise Cove Luau

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Chief's Luau Admission

Chief's Luau Admission

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Kauai ATV Waterfall Tour
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Night Manta Ray Adventure on the Big Island, Hawaii
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Big Island in a Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, History
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Molokini and Turtle Town Snorkeling Adventure Aboard Malolo from Ma'alaea Harbor
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Molokini Snorkeling Adventure Aboard Calypso (MAUI / Ma'alaea Harbor)
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Recent reviews from experiences in Hawaii

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We had Zak as our driver...
Michael_O, Jan 2022
Road to Hana Tour with Lunch and Pickup
And so is the waterfall with the pool!
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Excellent Way to See Oahu
Jackson_C, Jan 2022
Private Customizable Grand Circle Island Tour of Oahu
This was an excellent way to see all of Oahu and get an appreciation of the island.
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Zip lining on the road to Hana
James_B, Jan 2022
5 Line Jungle Zipline Eco Adventure
A beautiful way to see Hawaii on high!
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Go! Do this!
lisa_s, Jan 2022
Manta Ray Night Snorkel
These manta rays are incredible, and with this tour you get to see them so so close.
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The driver was very...
Madhavi_C, Dec 2021
Private Transfer From Kona International Airport to Hotels in Kailua-Kona
We got some good information about the local attractions from the driver.
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Amazing Adventure!
Patricia_K, Dec 2021
Aloha Circle Island Tour - Full Day Adventure
We had the opportunity to see so much of the culture and hear some awesome stories of the Hawaiian culture.
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Great tour to see a little of everything
Megan_W, Dec 2021
Aloha Circle Island Tour - Full Day Adventure
We took the tour on Christmas Eve so we didn’t get to a couple of the stops before they closed but we didn’t mind - we got to see so much of the island.
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Disappointing but not the crew's fault
Nicholas_L, Dec 2021
Whale Watching
Beautiful views of Hawaii - Hard to see whales as we don't know where they will surface - Crew are friendly - Get ready for some seasickness
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Must do!
LAUREN_C, Dec 2021
Waterfall Hike , Sightseeing & East Side Beach Day
Loved the waterfall hike at Manoa Falls and the beach at Blowhole lookout.
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Helen_A, Dec 2021
Big Island in a Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, History
Unless you enjoy driving over 200 miles in one day to see the best of the Big Island on your own, this tour is the best way to do it.
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Atv tour Gunstock Ranch
Randall_M, Dec 2021
Private Off-Road Adventure Tour
Kayla was an awesome tour guide it was a great experience I would recommend gunstock branch to anyone who wants to see the real Hawaii in Ohau
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Great Experience, Fun and Informative
Rama_R, Dec 2021
Atlantis Submarine Kona - Hawaii Island
Great experience and lucky to see the sea floor with the native Hawaiian fish.
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Memorable event
5drw9hzn2m, Dec 2021
Chief's Luau Admission
All performances were amazing and was great to see the Chief at his best.
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Worth every penny
Cynthia_C, Dec 2021
Big Island Circle Tour and Volcano: Coffee, Wine, Waterfalls and Hamakua Coast
Excellent way to see a ton of Hawaii in one day, with a knowledgeable guide.
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Mini_F, Dec 2021
Road to Hana Luxury Mercedes with Waterfall Swim, Black Sand Beach and Lunch
Waterfalls were amazing.
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A Good Tour
ChongHau_L, Dec 2021
Big Island in a Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, History
You get to see the coffee farm, waterfalls, the volcanic park, though it was foggy, but the best part was learning about Hawaii and its culture, people and history during the tour.
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Ama is a great guide
Tionne_J, Dec 2021
Private Pearl Harbor and Honolulu City Tour
It was really nice to see downtown Honolulu with someone else driving.
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KongBlia_V, Dec 2021
Small-Group Big Island Tour: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Kona Coffee Farm
It was cloudy and rainy all day so we didn't get to see much of the volcano and no lava.
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I liked this luau the...
Rachelle_L, Dec 2021
Paradise Cove Luau
I liked this luau the most of all the luaus I’ve been to because they have activities to the family definitely will be coming back again in my next trip to hawaii
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Lots of Fun
Samantha_U, Dec 2021
Paradise Cove Luau
Lots of activities prior to the show were cool.

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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