Hawaii is one of the most visited islands in the world, and the reasons vary. Many people go to Hawaii because it is easily accessible and comfortably mixes modern amenities and world-class shopping and dining while preserving the traditions of the past. Many would say to bypass Waikiki, but it really contains some of the best shopping, dining and nightlife on the island–so it is a definite must see. If you want to feel royal, all you have to do is visit Iolani Palace. In addition, if you want to find Dory, you might want to swim at Hanauma Bay. There are many reasons to visit Hawaii, and here are five traveler favorites.
Polynesian Cultural Center
This has been a traveler favorite for decades. It is a breathtaking 42-acre open-air park that pays homage to the traditions of native Polynesians with replicated villages that represent Tahiti, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Rapa Nui, Hawaii, Marquesas and Aotearoa. If you have ever wanted to explore eight islands at once, this is the place to do it. You will feel like you are in a completely different, yet transformative world. The center and villages share traditional arts and crafts, as well as classes on spear throwing, roasting a pig underground and canoe paddling. You’ll also get to enjoy a luau and mouthwatering, traditional feast for dinner. Check out Polynesia.com
This street is called the “Heart of Waikiki.” It is named after King David Kalakaua, and is lined with hotels, shops and restaurants. Whether you think it’s a tourist trap or not, it is a must see. Whether you want delicious Kona coffee or the latest Louis Vuitton handbag, this is where to get it all. Plus, you have a view of the beach while window shopping. Once you’ve spent your weight in souvenirs and luxury goods, stop by one of the many tempting restaurants from Thai to French.
If you’ve always wondered what was under the sea, but don’t feel like swimming, Atlantis Submarine Tours is the way to go. It is an eco-tour that shows you the whole new world that is beneath the deep blue sea. Revel in tranquil sea turtles and vibrant tropical fish. Your expert guide will tell you everything you need to know about your spectacular views. This is all done within the comfort of your seat, in an air-conditioned space. The fish are friendly, and the water is clear.
You’re surrounded by water, why aren’t you exploring? One of the best ways to really get in touch with nature is through scuba diving. Of course, you want to take courses and practice training first. Yet, once you go underwater, you might have found your favorite playground. Scuba tours in Hawaii abound with many sites waiting for your visit.
Head over to Climb Works on Keana Farms and try ziplining for the very first time. You get to choose from seven dual-zip lines that give you a million dollar view of a working commercial farm that produces over 1 million pounds of produce every year. You also get panoramic views of the rich mountain and glorious beaches.
Your trip to Hawaii should be filled with fun activities, while allowing you time to just relax and sip a tropical cocktail. You have plenty of options to make the most of every minute in this island paradise.