From the tallest volcano to the shallowest
aquamarine waters, Hawaii never disappoints.
Just south of the Continental U.S., the Hawaiian Islands line up like perfect little soldiers—Kaua’i, O’ahu, Moloka'i, Lana'i, Maui, and Hawaii (The Big Island). In fact, they are so geographically close, the islanders often take day trips from one island to the another. With other smaller islands located within miles between them, these are the largest, but depending on your ideal trip, not necessarily the most desirable for you. Try them on for size and see which one fits you best!
More than tiki torches and hula girls, pineapples and Shangri-La, Hawaii is a multilayered destination offering culture, cuisine, history, sights, sounds and experiences beyond compare. Comprised of four main islands—O’ahu, the Big Island, Maui and Kaua’i—Hawaiian Islanders live life outdoors and have fun doing it. Best time to visit: Hawaii is truly a year-round destination, with fairly consistent temperatures ranging from the mid- to high-80s in the summer months (May to October) to the high-70s in the winter months (November to April). Constant northwesterly trade winds and the always-warm surface temperatures of the Pacific Ocean ensure perfectly comfortable days and nights.
Home to three of every four Hawaiians, Oahu is also home to some of the world's most famous beaches. From the North Shore's Sunset Beach and Banzai Pipeline to Waikiki Beach and peaceful Haunauma Bay and its pristine snorkeling reefs, Oahu is Hawaii's most activity-oriented island. From big-city Waikiki and metropolitan Honolulu to the splendor of Diamond Head, you'll find splendor everywhere.
Kaua’i is best-known for its mind-boggling scenery: sweeping valleys created by waves and winds, lush landscapes bursting with flowers, deep canyons, towering waterfalls, rivers, bays, and white and green beaches. The Napali Coast and Waimea Canyon are the stuff of dreams. Zip-line, hike, bike, surf or swim to your heart’s content. It’s not the nightlife that’s the main attraction; it’s everything nature-made.
If there’s a best place to spend an endless summer, Maui would be it. On Hawaii's second-largest island, there’s fascination at every turn: Molokini Crater, where you can swim with sea turtles, manta rays, sharks and see black coral in the clear water; Haleakala National Park, where the sunrise is the best in the world, and the sunsets aren’t bad either; untamed Makena, full of secret coves and beaches perfect for basking; and the North Shore, where surfers routinely defy gravity as they barrel through waves. Attracting more visitors than any of her neighboring islands, it’s no wonder “Maui” is synonymous with “magnificent.”
Hawaii (The Big Island) is twice as large as the other islands combined. And, thanks to Kilauea, the world’s most active volcano, the island continues to grow on a daily basis. Hawaii is the most colorful of the islands, from the Red Road to green-sand beaches and lava-tube caves on South Point to black-sand beaches and wild horses in Waipi’o Valley. Natural wonders abound here, including world-famous waterfalls, from 80-foot Rainbow Falls to the incredible 442-foot Akaka Falls. Here, you’ll also find ancient temples, coffee country on the South Kona Coast and multicolored, multicultural downtown Hilo.
I have a passion for new places, new adventures, and all things travel. In the last four years I've visited over 15 countries, not including the various islands, cays and international waters I've traversed to get to those places. I adore domestic travel, as well, and look forward to my next trip--wherever that may be!
Hawaii has long been a favorite honeymoon spot. Gorgeous beaches? Check. A plethora of ways to have fun in the sun? Check. No matter which island you choose, you can't go wrong. Oahu is known for having the best nightlife and organized activities to explore the islands, while Kuai has the lush foliage, resplendent waterfalls and challenging hiking that adventurers love. Hawaii the Big Island is the most diversified of the islands, and affords the opportunity to walk right to the edge of a volcano or spend the day on the back 9 golfing to your heart's content. The swimming and snorkeling are excellent, the beaches are second to none. It's simple to say that Maui lacks nothing for lovers.
Cruise to Molokini and snorkel into a crescent-shaped submerged volcanic crater! Discover the beautiful coral reefs and tropical fish underneath the water, or bask in the warmth of paradise. This adventure is perfect for swimmers of all skill levels-guaranteeing fun in the water or on the sundeck! The tour departure point in Maalaea Harbor is an easy 20-minute drive from Lahaina and Kahului.
Want to do an activity that includes swimming at Kipu Falls, kayaking, Kauai zipline adventures, hiking, waterfalls, rope swings, a hayride across Kipu Ranch and a ride on an exotic motorized canoe? Then don't hesitate and join this day trip today!
See the lava fields on a comprehensive, full-day Big Island Hawaii Volcano tour. You'll explore Hawaii Volcano National Park, Kilauea Volcano and Big Island of Hawaii's lava flows and craters, and learn about the natural history of this amazing part of the world along the way.
Book your discount tickets to one of Oahu's top attractions, the Polynesian Cultural Center. Tickets to the Center's eight island villages give you the rare chance to participate in the daily adventures of Hawaiian and other South Pacific cultures. Add Hawaii's most authentic luau and amazing Polynesian show and you'll see why every trip to Hawaii should include a visit to the Polynesian Cultural Center!
Hawaii is in the Hawaii-Aleutian Time Zone (GMT -10) and does not observe daylight saving time. Hawaii is either two or three hours behind Pacific Standard Time, depending on the time of year.
Entry/Exit Requirements: U.S. and Canadian citizens entering the United States at land and sea ports of entry from within the western hemisphere will need to present government-issued proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate, along with a government-issued photo ID, such as a driver's license. A passport is not required for U.S. or Canadian citizens entering by land or sea, but it is highly encouraged to carry one.
Languages: Hawaiian and English are the official languages.
Currency: The U.S. Dollar.
Electricity is available on every major island and serviced with 110-volt, 60- cycle electricity, as in the Continental United States.
As you plan your destination wedding, take time to thoroughly research the legal requirements to wed in your chosen destination. Below you’ll find a list of questions you need to answer before you get too far down the planning path (in case any of the answers may force you to change your destination decision). Also, you’ll find links to each country’s tourism office, consulate or embassy, where you can find specific information regarding entry requirements, residency requirements, license fees and requirements, etc.
Both the bride and the groom should expect to bring the following:
Questions to consider:
Check out this link if you’re getting married in Hawaii.http://hawaii.gov/health/vital-records/vital-records/marriage/index.html