8 Must Visit Attractions In Hawaii

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8 Must Visit Attractions In Hawaii – Not To Be Missed

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Hawaii offers you amazing experiences that should definitely be on your travel bucket list. In this post, we explore just 8 Must Visit Attractions in Hawaii, the wonderful Aloha State.

There’s so much to see and do in the beautiful Hawaiian Islands. From picturesque beaches, touring downtown Honolulu, to top-notch surfing.

The warmth of the Hawaiian people perfectly complements the island’s temperatures.

With its ideal geographical location and with constant temperatures, the 🏝 Hawaiian Islands can be visited at any time of the year!

The Spectacular Nā Pali Coast

The Island Of Kauai

Na_pali Coast Hawaii

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Known to be one of the world’s most stunning landscapes, Na Pali Coast was first made famous by the Hollywood Blockbuster Movie – 🦕 Jurassic Park.

It has a breathtaking shoreline that seems to have a ripple effect!

Go on a scenic 🛥 boat ride, learn more about the culture, as well as the geographical landscapes that make this area stand out.

Explore caves, 🏊 swimming in waterfalls, 🤿 snorkel with turtles and go dolphin and whale watching.

Expert hikers can also hike the eleven-miles Kalalau Trail, traversing through five valleys and taking up to a full-day, each way.

Most of these activities are ideal during the summer season, this because the 🌊 north shore can get a little bit rough during the winter months.

Waikiki Beach And Diamond Head State Monument

The Island Of Oahu

Diamond Head Crater Oahu

Waikiki along with its gorgeous stretch of oceanfront beach, is one of Hawaii’s most popular attractions.

It is well known for its 🌅 picturesque beaches, surfing, fine resorts, shopping, entertainment and dining.

Hike through the Waikiki Historic Trail which has markers made out of surfboards inspired by the 🏄 Olympic gold medalist swimmer and avid surfer, Waikiki’s Duke Kahanamoku.

Then, take a leisurely walk along the beautiful Waikiki Beach Walk, which is filled with cafes and entertainment venues.

The very popular areas like Kuhio and Kalakaua Avenues, are where most of the boutiques and restaurants can be found.

Diamond Head State Monument

There’s also the 🏞 Diamond Head State Monument which is located at the end of the crescent-shaped beach.

In the past, this area served as an excellent vantage point for the island’s coastal defense.

Viewtop Diamond Head Oahu Hawaii

 

Pearl Harbor And The USS Arizona Memorial

Oahu – Hawaii

USS Missouri and Pearl Harbor Memorial

A National Historic Landmark, Pearl Harbor is a U.S. Military Base that earned its spot in history during the 1941 attack by the Japanese in World War II.

In this area, now stands several attractions including the USS Arizona Memorial, which is floating above the sunken ship. There are parts of the ship that can still be seen peeking through the water.

Touring the memorial is free, although you should secure reservations beforehand.

Drop by at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, which also serves as a meeting place for several tours, including transportation to the Ford Island, where the Pacific Aviation Museum, featuring WWII artifacts and aircraft, can be found.

Visitors can also experience what it is to land on an airplane on an aircraft carrier in a flight simulator. Other attractions in the area are USS Utah, USS Oklahoma, and the; ⚓ Battleship USS Missouri.

Waimea Canyon State Park

Island of Kauai

Waimea Canyon State Park

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Found on the west side of Kauai, 🥾 Waimea Canyon State Park often earned the nickname, the “Grand Canyon Of The Pacific.” The canyon reaches a depth of up to 3,600 feet and is over ten miles long.

This beautiful spectacle can be best viewed from two primary lookouts.

The Puu Hina Hina Lookout and the Puu ka Pele Lookout. The Parks landscape has rock strata that vary in colors, combines with several scenic waterfalls as well.

If you want to go 🥾 hiking, guided tours are available. There are also rafting tours you can book, that let you explore the river deep below the canyon.

There’s also Kokee State Park which offers additional trails that are fit for all hiker skill levels.


The Polynesian Cultural Center

Oahu Hawaii

Polynesian Cultural Center Entertainers

The very famous and extremely popular attraction on this Island, is the Polynesian Cultural Center. Located on Oahu, it is less than an hour’s drive from downtown Honolulu.

The center features live dance, music, craft demos, and much more.

The Polynesian Cultural Center depicts the culture and the everyday life of the Polynesian islanders.

Guests can take a day tour at the facility and/ or witness a spectacular culture show during the evening.

Hamakua Heritage Corridor

The Big Island Of Hawaii

Big Island Hawaii Postcard

On our list of 8 Must Visit Attractions In Hawaii, take a 🚗 scenic drive along the Hamakua Coast. It ranges from Hilo up to the Waipio Valley Lookout on the 🏝 Big Island of Hawaii.

Aside from the region’s verdant landscapes and breathtaking views of the coast, there are also several top-rated Big Island attractions along the way.

All this combined, makes this coastal drive a fantastic sightseeing excursion.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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One wonderful attraction we enjoyed during our recent visit to the Big Island, was a fantastic Catamaran Snorkeling and Dolphin Cruise with Body Glove Cruises Hawaii.

A great outing and beautiful scenery along the way!

Hawaii-Tropical-Garden-Walkway

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Check out the Hawaii Tropical Garden that houses more than 2,000 species of plants.

Heading north, pass by the wonderful 🌊 Akaka Falls and the 🌊 Kahuna Falls. Also, be sure to drop by the 💐 World Botanical Gardens where the triple waterfall, 🌊 Umauma Falls and the Mauna Kea are located.

There are also other sights along the way such as the Laupahoehoe Point, serving as a lookout to the Pacific, visit the Kalopa State Recreation Area and hike some of its trails.

Then drop by the lovely Town of Honokaa!

Finally, the drive ends at the iconic Waipio Valley Lookout, which once served as a home to King Kamehameha.

Kona Coffee Living History Farm

Kona Coffee Farm

Discover Hands On History Activities at this special farm. Explore Kona’s history in a deeper and sensory way. Guests are free to roam on their own the plantation, which up to this day, still produces coffee.

Below, is the official website link for more detailed information.

Kona Historical Society Logo

☕   Kona Historical Society

Maui Ocean Center

The Island Of Maui

maui ocean center

The Maui Ocean Center allows guests to learn more about Hawaii’s unique marine life, as well as the ecosystem that surrounds it. There’s the huge Living Reef, which is home to thousands of fish, and about 40 coral species in the Pacific.

Visitors can also walk in an underwater tunnel, the 750,000-gallon Open Ocean exhibit. This is an attraction the whole family will love!

Maui Ocean Center Logo

🐟   Maui Ocean Center

Over to You

Hawaii has certainly one of the most stunning views and wonderful attractions in the United States.

I hope that you will find these 8 Must Visit Attractions In Hawaii recommendations helpful in deciding what to see and do when visiting the Hawaiian Islands. 

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As well, I’ve included a link to the Official Hawaii Tourism Website for your convenience. A great resource for planning your special vacation to the Hawaiian Islands.

The Hawaiian Islands

🏝   Go Hawaii

Guest Author at Gr8 Travel Tips

Contributing Author Bio

Odette Viola is a passionate traveler and always looking for the hidden gems of the world, always looking for new adventures and experiences. She’s also a regular contributor at Tourist Secrets and currently developing her skills in photography.

 

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We never get tired of traveling to Hawaii and we’re always looking for new things to see and do when visiting these beautiful Islands in the Pacific!

I am happy to present this collaborative guest post in the hopes of offering some helpful travel inspiration and information to you.

Safe and Healthy Travels! 🙂

signature of author and owner Robert Tellier at https://gr8traveltips.com

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