Hawaii - Sightseeing
Hawaii is renowned for its spectacular scenery, sculpted by the Pacific Ocean and the volcanic activity of the Pacific Rim. Stunning beaches, sheer cliffs and lush jungles await those who visit the islands.
Mauna Kea is the highest mountain in Hawaii. It’s a place of almost surreal beauty. The summit is also one of the best vantage points in the world for astronomical observation, due to the absence of atmospheric and light pollution. However, this is not a destination for the unfit or faint hearted. Reaching the summit requires a four-wheel drive vehicle, and it’s not unusual for visitors to experience some symptoms of altitude sickness.
For some of the most magnificent scenery in Hawaii, schedule a day to drive Hana Road. This highway winds between the towns of Pa’ia and Hana, and provides stunning views of the ocean and unspoiled coastline, as well as access to some of Maui’s smaller and more traditional towns.
Waipio Valley is one of the best-loved scenic destinations in Hawaii. Located on Oahu Island, the Waipio Valley was where the kings of Hawaii once built a grass palace, and today this spot is marked with an ancient nioi tree. This beautiful valley features several towering waterfalls, as well as a long black sand beach. You can enjoy a spectacular view of the valley from a lookout point. The valley itself can be accessed via a steep tar road that’s open only to four-wheel drive cars.
Oahu’s Waikiki Beach is a stunning golden sand beach, fringed by palms and washed by the almost fluorescent blue waters of the Pacific. It’s the ideal destination for a beach holiday. It also offers plenty of entertainment and activities, with its close proximity to hotels, restaurants and bars.
Volcanoes National Park
If you’ve ever wanted to view the power and beauty of an active volcano, look no further than the Volcanoes National Park. The park encompasses two massive volcanic mountains, and is best known for its red hot lava flows that terminate in the ocean.