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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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Rainbow Falls

Rainbow Falls

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One of the most popular waterfalls on the Big Island of Hawaii, Rainbow Falls is loved for its easy access and the rainbows that frequent the falls on misty mornings. The Wailuku River varies dramatically based on rain, but this 80-foot (24.4-meter) cascade wows viewers whether it is a thundering torrent or delicate trickle.More
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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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Mauna Kea Summit & Observatory

Mauna Kea Summit & Observatory

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Visiting the Mauna Kea Summit and Observatories gives you the feeling of being on top of the world for good reason: You’re actually pretty close. Standing at 13,796 feet (4,138 meters), the mountain is Hawaii's tallest and the highlight of many visitors' trips to the Big Island of Hawaii. The Mauna Kea Observatories (MKO) feature some of the world's largest telescopes, including equipment from Canada, France, and the University of Hawaii, due to its designation as an unparalleled destination for stargazing.More
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Kealakekua Bay

Kealakekua Bay

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The marine sanctuary of Kealakekua Bay ranks among Hawaii’s most scenic spots for snorkeling, swimming, and hiking. The beautiful bay, home to spinner dolphins and backed by green mountain slopes, was the site where Captain James Cook landed—and was later killed—on the Big Island in 1779, forever altering the history and culture of the archipelago.More
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Hilo

Hilo

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Overlooked by the Manua Loa and Mauna Kea volcanoes, Hilo is a laid-back coastal settlement full of sprawling banyan trees, local produce markets, shops, and art galleries. While the town itself is a peaceful getaway, Hilo is most famous for its proximity to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Wailuku River State Park.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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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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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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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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Puaʻa Kaʻa State Wayside Park

Puaʻa Kaʻa State Wayside Park

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A pleasant stop on the road to Hana, the Puaʻa Kaʻa State Wayside Park offers the chance to take a scenic break from the long drive. Stretch your legs on its dirt path to nearby waterfalls and natural pools. The farther you're willing to walk, the taller the waterfalls become and many people bring a picnic to enjoy as a part of this diversion.Totaling five acres the area here is lush with tropical plants which, with the sound of the waterfalls, create a distinct rain forest feel. Picnic tables are set against scenic backdrops, and fish and tadpoles are visible in the shallower pools. Watch for wild birds and mongoose. The walking paths here are not rigorous, but a refreshing dip in one of the pools is a highlight for many on a hot day.More

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Top activities in Hawaii

Recent reviews from experiences in Hawaii

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A must see in person!
Sheila_D, Jul 2021
Deluxe Arizona Memorial and Historical City Tour
This was one of the reasons why I wanted to visit Honolulu, Hawaii.
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Big Island in a Day Tour MORE than worth it!!!
Diane_B, Jul 2021
Historical Dinner Cruise to Kealakekua Bay
The info he taught us was amazing, the trip to the coffee farm, bakery, Volcano National Park, and waterfalls was truly spectacular!!
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Great loop around the island!
Erica, Jul 2021
Island and You: Circle-Island Local Food Tour of Oahu
This tour was a great way to see a lot of the island and try out new food!
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Unforgettable experience!
Marissa_M, Jul 2021
Turtle Canyons Snorkel Excursion
We were able to see 10+ turtles during our experience in the water.
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Go Deep
Fred, Jul 2021
Waikiki Atlantis Submarine Adventure
The sub windows were big enough that allow you to see very clearly.
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Great experience
Jennifer_B, Jul 2021
Big Island in a Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, History
What a great way to see the whole island!
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So much fun
stephryan, Jul 2021
9-Line Zipline Experience
This was definitely one of my favorite activities while in Hawaii.
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Magical trip
Zayra_C, Jul 2021
Waterfall Hike and Nature Walk "Small Group"
The opportunity to see the wonders of Hawaii.
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Totally worth the day pass!
Beth_K, Jul 2021
Waikiki Trolley Hop-On Hop-Off Tour of Honolulu
We wanted to see the beauty of Oahu and this (green/blue) gave us just the right amount, and it didn’t disappoint.
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Nice way to end the day in paradise
Alex, Jul 2021
Sunset Cocktail Cruise West Oahu
Took time to visit with their passengers.
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Once in a lifetime experience
Jennifer_B, Jul 2021
RAFT ADVENTURE - Na Pali 1/2 Day Snorkel
To see the sea caves up close were once in a lifetime experience.
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Awesome hike !! With amazing service.
Juana_A, Jul 2021
Waterfall Hike and Nature Walk "Small Group"
This tour of the waterfall was my favorite walk and tour of the many I did in Hawaii.
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Amazing and beautiful way to see Hawaii!!
Johnny_B, Jul 2021
Isle Sights Unseen - 45 Min Helicopter Tour - Doors Off or On
Thank you for a wonderful way to see Hawaii!!
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Amazing experience
Kat, Jul 2021
Turtle Canyon Catamaran Snorkel Cruise
We were able to see so many turtles and the whole crew was absolutely great!
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Fantastic way to see the entire island in a day!
Rachel_M, Jul 2021
Big Island in a Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, History
Great way to see the entire island and see some big highlights: Volcano National Park, waterfalls, a coffee farm and do a little hiking.
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Amazing
David, Jul 2021
West Maui and Molokai Exclusive 45-Minute Helicopter Tour
Molokai cliffs and waterfalls are mind blowing.
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Breathtaking. A must have experience.
Alma, Jul 2021
Circle of Fire Helicopter Tour from Hilo
To see the depth of the crater is breathtaking.
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Great Time!
Shannon_B, Jul 2021
Aloha Circle Island Tour - Full Day Adventure
Great way to see the island and learn about Hawaii.
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Amazing!
Maria_G, Jul 2021
Big Island BIG Volcano Adventure from Kona: Small Group
We are so happy that we take the decision to do this tour cause we were able to see al the beauty and amaze of Hawaii.
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Amazing customized tour of Oahu
MaryFrances_D, Jul 2021
Diamond head crater trail , Sightseeing & South Side beach day
She introduced us to Hawaiian treats and showed us incredible beaches, wave pools, as well as a hike through a botanical garden capped off with a swim under a waterfall.

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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