Traveling to Hawaii from the USA

Story by: Jelena Lukic     Date: 22 March 2022    Image by: Canva | Frances Gonzalez

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There isn’t any other activity in the world that can be compared to traveling, as there is something special, something unique that only comes with experiencing new cultures and meeting new people.

It also gives us a much better perspective of our life, what we have and what our goals are, and just remember how many times have you said or heard those famous words, “I just need a day or two in nature to clear my head,” and that’s exactly what traveling and tourism overall provides.

Besides all this, there isn’t a better way to fully understand other customs, as learning the roots of them, and how everything is connected and intertwined, well, that just broadens and expands our views and enriches us as human beings.

Of course, due to everything going on in the world for the last two years, traveling as we know it was not an option, but luckily, things are changing, and it seems like now, we can finally plan a vacation and really enjoy some picturesque sights, and to get all that, what better place to visit than Hawaii.

Northern beaches, Hawaii

What to see in Hawaii

Well, this is the only state that is an archipelago, and even though it’s two thousand miles from the mainland, it is a destination that should be on everyone’s must to visit list. Namely, regardless of what your intentions and desires are, here, in Hawaii, there really is something for everyone.

Soft, sandy beaches, combined with crystal clear water, provide a unique and genuine tropical paradise, a paradise full of adventures.

Things to do in Hawaii

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Volcanoes National Park

Let’s start with something that’s simply a must while visiting Hawaii, as this whole park is about an active volcano, which is also something that you can witness firsthand. It is positioned in Big Island, the youngest yet the largest island of this archipelago, and to better illustrate how big it is, the tour is 11 miles long, with an overview of the whole national park.

Understandably, there are also many places where you can park and get a photo of an active volcano and lava, which, with some creativity, you can really turn into a masterpiece.

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Tropical Botanical Garden Hawaii

Tropical Botanical Garden

Now, even though some might wonder why they would have to pay a fee to see something that they can experience for free, visiting this Botanical Garden is a must because of at least two reasons. The first one is about all the species you can see, as there are more than 2 thousand types of tropical plants and flowers, which you cannot find anywhere else in the world.

As for the second reason, the fee is a symbolical one that goes to charity, and as a plus of it all, since this is mostly part of a day tour, you will have time to visit and walk around the historic downtown Hilo . This whole east side of the island is an extremely rainy one, and you will surely come across some scenic waterfalls, so it is a win-win combo.

Waimea Canyon in Kauai, Hawaii

The Grand Canyon of The Pacific

Otherwise known as the Waimea Canyon , it is 3000 feet deep and more than ten miles long, with some breathtaking viewpoints that even those not that fond of canyons will leave in awe.

It is one of the most famous Kauai attractions, and if driving is not your style, well, good news for you, as there is also a helicopter tour that you can take. Besides that, hikers enthusiasts will also find this place quite remarkable, but if it rained, then it’s better to do it another day when the trail is dry with no risk of landslides.

What to do in Hawaii

There are plenty of activities to do when visiting Hawaii, from various adventures for those who are there to have an active vacation to relaxing activities perfect for those who want to relax and recharge their batteries.

It is difficult to choose the best one because various things make different people happy, and because of that, we will describe some of the most popular ones, and let you choose the best one for you.

Things to do in Hawaii

Hawaii under water

Exploring the underwater world

The underwater world is something totally different than the one outside it, we are used to, and exploring it by snorkeling or diving is a must if you visit Hawaii.

The Hawaiian Islands are perfect even for beginners because of the crystal clear water with great visibility and a high number of trained instructors willing to help every person experience something extraordinary. Since diving is reserved for those brave, snorkeling is suitable even for those who are not that adventurous but still want to see and explore the whole new world.

Poke Bowl,Traditional Hawaii Food

Enjoying delicious food

We are not exaggerating when we say that Hawaiian cuisine is different than any other in the world. The reasons for that are local ingredients used but also impacts from many other cultures through years and their extraordinary combination.

Hawaiian people love to eat and prepare feasts, and they use fresh ingredients from the ocean and vegetables and fruits from local farms. Each of the recipes has traditional roots, in combination with modern ingredients, to create modern recipe variations, which makes this cuisine unique compared to any other in the world.

Waikiki Beach, Hawaii

How to get to Hawaii

First of all, we need to mention that Hawaii is made of 137 islands, which makes it pretty obvious it is impossible to drive to any of them. That means you have two options, to get there by plane or ship, which is a great idea for those who are not impatient and love to enjoy the ocean because it is a cruising trip of three or four days with various daily stops.

People use planes even for traveling from one island to another, and it is possible to find small ones that can carry up to ten passengers and have regular lines. You can rent a vehicle once you get to the island, but be aware that it will not be useful if your plan is to visit as many islands as you can because there are no ferries that can transport them.

Moving around the islands can also be done by public transportation, but keep in mind that it can usually be overcrowded, which makes it almost impossible to get where you want.

Tropical Hawaii hotel

Where to stay in Hawaii

One of the best things about Hawaii is the variety of accommodations and the fact that there is the perfect choice for everybody’s pocket. That means there are luxury 5-stars resorts for people who want to enjoy their vacation in the best possible way, without thinking about the final price, and various campgrounds for people who search for something more adventurous.

There are many other types of accommodations between these two extremes, and many people decide to spend their vacation in astonishing bungalows near the beach or amazing Inns, a symbol of a peaceful atmosphere for each guest.

That’s not all, as it is really possible to find the accommodation literally created by your wishes, and all you need to do is to do a little research and choose among them, which is not an easy task because it is almost impossible to decide which one is the best.

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