The Hawaiian Islands are responsible for creating many of the impressions of a tropical holiday, with its year-round, reliable, good weather. These special tropical islands of volcanic origin are so diverse in geography and tourist attractions, that truly they offer something for everyone. The question is not whether to visit Hawaii, it is more a decision of which combinations of islands, or single island for that matter, is best for the length of stay you can afford! Hawaii has it all. Bustling nightlife in Honolulu, world class golf, surfing, shopping, watersports, swimming, top- notch hotels, condominiums, eco-tours, national parks, warm weather, and cool ocean breezes.
The unique Polynesian culture mixed with the reliability of the United States all contribute to Hawaii’s stellar performance as a world-class vacation spot. Food and beverage will cost more than average, as most things are imported with a high transportation cost. Hawaii can be affordable by blending a condominium stay within your package, keeping restaurant costs from getting out of control.
Unbeatable prices can be packaged for Hawaii vacations in Canadian Dollars. Americans pay attention! Often, Canadian Tour Operators sell Hawaiian hotels and resorts for less in the Canadian market, because of a lower dollar. We can offer these same hotels on a flexible basis to you at lower prices than through many US travel agencies. The only exception to this, is if you live on the West Coast USA and intend to purchase an air inclusive package from Los Angeles, San Francisco, or Seattle - we just don't have access to the charter packages offered out there. As for our Canadian compatriots, we hope this will make you think twice about booking Hawaii with a US travel agency; even if you get a good package from Los Angeles, the air add on will wipe away all of the savings!
We offer a few select pre-packaged Hawaii vacations on this site, however, there are literally thousands of combinations that are not displayed. If you already know the islands you want to go to, or even the hotels at which you wish to stay, let us price it out for you!
The state of Hawaii includes approximately 130 islands in the Pacific Ocean, many of which are uninhabited. The islands lie about 1,600 miles (2,600km) off the coast of mainland USA. The largest island, Hawaii, is known imaginatively as the Big Island, but the state capital, Honolulu, and most of the population is located on the smaller island of Oahu, which is also the main tourist destination. The other main islands are Maui, Molokai and Kauai. Between them the islands boast an amazingly diverse geography providing endless recreation opportunities, from snowboarding on mountain summits to hiking through rainforests. The possibilities offered by a Hawaiian holiday are limited only by the boundaries of the imagination. Here is a description for the Island destinations in Hawaii...
Island of Kauai | Hawaii
The main attraction on the Hawaiian island of Kauai is its natural beauty and unassuming lifestyle of the people. The wettest spot on earth is said to be Kauai's Mount Waialeale with an average rainfall of 485 inches per year - this has resulted in the Alakai Swamp, the highest swamp in the world, and the Waimea River, the longest river in the Hawaiian Islands. It also causes an abundance of rainbows and lush vegetation that has earned it the title of 'the Garden Island'.
Kauai was the first of the Hawaiian Islands to be discovered by English explorer Captain James Cook in 1778 when he landed at Waimea on Kauai's southwest coast. There is evidence, however, that he was not the first European in Hawaii; some Spanish sailors may have paid a visit about a century earlier. Today Kauai is popular with visitors, but tourism development is concentrated in just a few prime locations such as the Princeville resort on the north coast. Holidaymakers who opt for Kauai's raw wilderness are rewarded with some of the most secluded, pristine beaches in the Hawaiian Islands and marvellous natural wonders like Waimea Canyon, covering 14 miles (23km) on the west side. There are also some restored historic sites to explore, like the Alekoko Fishpond near Nawiliwili Harbour on the southeast coast, regarded as an engineering wonder of ancient times.
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Island of Kona (Big Island) | Hawaii
The youngest and largest of the Hawaiian Islands, the island of Hawaii (known as Big Island to avoid confusion) is one of the few places on earth where visitors can go from snowboarding to snorkelling in a single day! Local legend has it that the volcano goddess Pele and the demi-god Kamapua'a, who could control the weather, battled for the island and eventually decided to divide it: Pele took the hot, dry western half and Kamapua'a ended up with the wet, tropical east.
Big Island, however, actually has twelve distinct climatic zones ranging from tropical rain forests in the east to the frozen tundra atop Mauna Kea and the arid desert of Ka'u in the south. This diversity makes Hawaii's Big Island an unrivalled pleasure ground for active holidaymakers, the island's resorts offering every type of outdoor activity imaginable. To add to the thrill there is the attraction of two active volcanoes on this island - the Kilauea Caldera is the longest continuously erupting volcano in the world, its present eruptive phase dating back to 1983; Mauna Loa last erupted in 1984. Of the three other volcanoes on the island two, Mauna Kea and Kohala, are extinct, while Hualalai is considered to be dormant. All this volcanic action has meant that holidaymakers can decide on their preferred beach sand tones ranging from white to red, black and even green.
Together with the diverse ecosystems of Big Island is the rich Polynesian Hawaiian culture, a culture that has absorbed some interesting elements from both Asia and Europe, creating a colourful mix. On the coast you can dance the hula at an authentic luau feast, while upcountry you will find a blend of Portuguese and Mexican culture combined with Hawaiian tradition among the 'Paniolos' (cowboys) on the giant cattle ranches.
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Island of Maui | Hawaii
From the top of its dormant Haleakala volcano crater to its lush rain forests, pristine beaches and rainbows of tropical fish in the offshore valleys and reefs, the Hawaiian island of Maui offers a magical dream-vacation in the Pacific Ocean.
Maui, named for a Polynesian god, is as close to paradise as it is possible to get. Originally six different volcanoes created a single landmass that, over the millennia, separated to become the islands of Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Kahoolawe. All remain administratively linked today as Maui County. Maui is the second largest of the populated Hawaiian islands (after Hawaii Island/Big Island itself), and also boasts the second largest population in the state. Its two main features are the Haleakala crater (the name means 'house of the sun'), which is the largest dormant volcano in the world, and the underwater valleys that connect Maui with its sister islands in the surrounding ocean, providing shelter for an abundance of marine life.
The island's main business centre is the town of Kahului/Wailuku, while the major resort area is in the west and concentrated in Ka'anapali and the historic whaling town of Lahaina. In south Maui is another busy resort district around the town of Wailea. Maui's tropical north shore is quieter without large hotels, only bed and breakfast establishments providing a quiet, relaxing break. The island offers several points of cultural and natural interest worth exploring, over and above its beautiful beaches and underwater wonderland.
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Island of Oahu (Honolulu/Waikiki) | Hawaii
Oahu is only the third largest of the inhabited Hawaiian islands, but it is home to nearly three-quarters of the state's residents, most of them living in the ultra-modern capital city, Honolulu, and its adjacent beach resort suburb of Waikiki, on the south coast of the island. Beyond the urban bustle of the south, Oahu is quiet and enchanting; flaunting 23 state parks and punctuated by ancient stone heiau (temples).
The island's most recognisable landmark is the 761ft (232m) tall Diamond Head to the east of Waikiki. This mountain is a 'tuff cone' formed 100,000 years ago when an eruption of volcanic ash hardened into solid rock. The extinct volcano is traditionally believed to be the home of Pele, the fire goddess. Oahu means 'gathering place', and the island certainly lives up to its name in its ethnic diversity, which becomes evident at a glance at the annual festival calendar. From the Chinese New Year in late January to King Kamehameha Day in June and the Aloha Festivals in September there is barely a dull moment and always a reason for celebration.
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