In the South Pacific Hawaii is comprised of six tropical islands. Hawaii is one of the most picturesque visitor destinations you can find in the world. The excellent beaches and many outdoor activities that Hawaii has to offer makes for an excellent tranquil setting. Many unique zoos such as the only rainforest zoo in the United States is found on the big island of Hawaii. You can also find several well known beaches in Hawaii such as the Kailua Beach and Waikiki Beach. Maui is also an excellent island for the outdoor enthusiast which two dormant volcanoes and activities such as biking and whale watching.
Many vacationers to Hawaii end up going to Honolulu on the island of Oahu. This city is known for its wide selection of resort accommodations along with an excellent variety of activities such as scuba diving, deep sea fishing and swimming with dolphins. In addition, Honolulu features Waikiki Beach which is known as one of the best beaches in the world. If you prefer other activities then Honolulu also offers the Waikiki Aquariums, the Honolulu Zoo and the Honolulu Botanical Gardens. If you prefer your outdoor activities in the form of nature walks then there is the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve which offers trails that focus on giving you the experience of unspoiled Hawaiian flora and fauna while promoting the preservation of local marine life. For the history buffs there is Pearl Harbor which features the USS Arizona Memorial to those who died in World War II.
The second most popular destination in Hawaii is Maui which has the world’s largest national park called Haleakala. In addition the west shore has some excellent beach options. Some of the best surfing and windsurfing in the world can be found at the Ho’okipa Beach Park on the east shore. In addition the small historic town of Lahaina nearby offers an excellent selection of museums and cultural activities. You can also experience the unique option of the Molokini Snorkel Cruise which lets you visit a half submerged volcanic crater that has some of the most unique marine life anywhere in the world. Between December to Mid-May there are number of humpback whale watching cruises available to visitors.
An excellent option for accommodations in Oahu is the Doubletree Alana Waikiki which gives you very comfortable and beautiful rooms with prompt customer service at about half the price of other hotels in Hawaii. It also features great cuisine at the Padovani’s Restaurant downstairs and it within walking distance of the famous Waikiki Beach.
In Maui an excellent option is the Pineapple Inn which is very small, but has a terrific value. There are only four rooms at this inn with one cottage. However it offers excellent panoramic ocean views and an excellent tropical garden. Each room comes with a small kitchenette so you can stay in your room and enjoy the ocean for as long as you want.