The islands of Hawaii are tantalisingly beautiful. Visitors flock to Hawaii for clean, fresh air, warm, blue seas and unspoilt flora and fauna. The 50th US state, Hawaii is located in the Pacific Ocean, and encompasses many Asian and North American influences in addition to its own local culture. Although rightly popular among holidaymakers, Hawaii is still home to a handful of hidden gems. Simply read on for the top 5…
5. Hike up Diamond Head
Beginning in the Diamond Head volcano crater, the Diamond Head summit trail takes walkers on a 1.5 mile roundtrip, which incorporates steep climbs, stairways and a handful of atmospheric tunnels.
The trail was created as part of the Oahu coastal defence system in 1908. Duly, it features several historic bunkers, and dramatic views of the island.
Visitors are advised to bring bottled water along with them as there is no water available on the trail.
4. Visit Haiku Gardens
Just 20 minutes from Oahu’s popular Pali Pass, a network of tranquil gardens known as “Haiku Gardens” slumber peacefully.
If you’d like to see a vast array of tropical wildflowers and plants, or just settle beside a calm lake of quiet beauty, a visit to Haiku Gardens is a must.
If you’re lucky, you might even stumble across a traditional Hawaiian wedding in mid flow.
3. Enjoy Art After Dark at the Honolulu Museum of Art
Art After Dark, a monthly, art-inspired party organised by a lively group of arty volunteers, occurs each month at the Honolulu Museum of Art.
Held on the final Friday of every month (January-October), Art After Dark aims to explore and celebrate the arts in fresh and exciting ways. Expect avant-garde music, riotous colour and unbridled energy.
2. Try an Oahu Ghost Tour
Oahu is sometimes referred to as Hawaii’s most haunted island. With Oahu Ghost Tours, you can chose from a number of superstitious trails, from walking tours like “Honolulu City Haunts” to driving trails such as “Orbs of Oahu”.
Whether you opt for a day walk or an evening drive, expect your well-informed guide to keep you abreast of any supernatural occurrences, historic happenings and unusual incidents.
If you’d like to learn more about Hawaiian spirituality, in particular, plump for “The Sacred Sprits” tour, which encapsulates the birthplace of the fire goddess, Pele, and several sacred sites said to have been built in a single night.
1. Go whale watching
If you know where to look, spectacular humpback whales can be seen swimming off the coast of Hawaii.
The shallow Auau Channel, situated between West Maui, Lanai and Molokai, is among the finest viewing spots. Several watercraft ferry passengers up and down the channel daily, though the whales’ magnificent acrobatic displays can also be seen from the shore.
Humpback whales actually visit the waters surrounding Hawaii in order to give birth to their young, so come equipped with a pair of binoculars if you’d like to catch a glimpse of one of the smaller, less agile calves.
If whale watching sounds ideal for you, read this recent blog: 10 Perfect Destinations for Whale Watching.
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