Planning to travel to Hawaii? If so, travel advisor Andrea Kurschinski has some tips for you. Andrea has helped scores of travelers plan a trip to Hawaii and other vacation hot spots around the globe.
During the course of a career that has spanned more than 30 years, Andrea has taken the stress out of planning a vacation to destinations that have included the Baltic, Alaska, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Greece, Mexico and Hawaii. More recently, she has explored the alluring world of luxury travel. What she enjoys most about planning vacations for people is the joy they experience exploring their dream destinations for the first time.
With Hawaii such a popular destination for so many, we asked Andrea for her tips on some of the top things to include on a trip to Hawaii.
5 Things to See in Hawaii
Deciding which Hawaii island to visit can sometimes be the hardest aspect of planning to travel to Hawaii. There are so many beautiful things to see in Hawaii that narrowing it down can be a challenge. The Hawaiian islands are diverse, with each one offering a unique adventure.
No matter which island you decide to visit, you won’t be disappointed. Here are five things to see on your Hawaii vacation.
1. Hike Waimea Canyon on Kauai
Kauai is called the garden isle for good reason. Not only is it the oldest island, many think it is the most beautiful. Waimea Canyon is nicknamed the Grand Canyon of the Pacific for its dramatic valleys and lush, tropical canyons. If you enjoy exploring nature, consider Kauai, where you can visit not only Waimea Canyon but Wailua Falls, Poipu Beach and the Kalalau Trail as well.
2. Go Whale Watching in Maui
The second-largest Hawaiian island, Maui is home to scenic mountains, breathtaking beaches and quaint shopping villages. Historic Lahaina town is an excellent spot to whale watch, eat local fare and take home a special souvenir. Other must-see spots on a trip to Maui include Makena Beach State Park (also known as the Big Beach to locals), Iao Valley State Park and Halekala National Park. Make time for a scenic drive on Hana Highway to take in many of Maui’s stunning views.
3. Browse the Botanical Gardens in Hilo
Nicknamed the Big Island, Hawaii encompasses 13 climate zones and is larger than all the other Hawaiian islands combined. Home to orchid-rich gardens, Hilo is Hawaii’s capital city and a fantastic spot to visit when you travel to Hawaii. Other sights to consider adding to your Hawaiian itinerary include a trip to Waipio Valley, Hawaii’s biggest isolated but inhabited territory and Kailua-Kona Town, a historic spot beside the sea.
4. Visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Before leaving the big island of Hawaii, you should plan to visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Home to one of the earth’s most active volcano sites, this national park offers jaw-dropping views of completely otherworldly scenery. A day here will leave you not just breathless, but feeling like you took a trip to another planet!
5. Take in the Sights and Sounds of Cosmopolitan Honolulu
Oahu may be the most visited Hawaiian island due to its capital, Honolulu. Home to more of Hawaii’s population than any other city, Honolulu boasts of both cultural and natural attractions. A popular destination for families visiting Hawaii, Oahu offers opportunities to see surfers catch waves on the infamous North Shore, go snorkeling at Hanauma Bay, step in the soft sand on Waikiki Beach and learn about American History at the Pearl Harbor memorial and museum.
As this tertiary glance shows, there is much to see and do in Hawaii. Get help narrowing down your itinerary. Contact Andrea or one of our other travel advisors today to start planning your dream vacation to Hawaii!