Hawaii: A magical place to visit

Hawaii is just one of those places that everyone would like to visit; the climate is fantastic, the people warm and the beaches pristine. I have been fortunate enough to visit this magical island twice but I still don’t think that is enough, if ever I get the chance to go again I will take it in a heartbeat.

If you live in Australia then you really have no excuse not to visit! There are regular flights from Hawaii to Australia each day and the best part is that there are some great deals to be had. So get your hands on an air ticket and start looking forward to a holiday in luxury that you won’t be able to find back home.

I spent a week on the island relaxing and soaking up the sun, there were so many things to enjoy that it’s difficult to tell you about them all you will just have to see for yourself.

I managed to select my 3 favourite things about Hawaii, it was tough to get the list down to just 3.

So here they are:Every beach is a public beach!

Every single beach in Hawaii is, by law, completely public. I love this! It means that you can stroll around the island and when you see a beach you like you are free to enjoy it for as long as you like. You can be sun bathing on a perfect white sandy beach right next to Oprah’s house and other superstars from around the globe. You are fully entitled to enjoy the same beach and therefore the same views or sunsets that the rich and famous do.

The world’s tallest mountain (no, not Everest!)

I know that everyone thinks that Mount Everest is the tallest mountain in the world but if you check the record books Mauna Kea is officially the tallest mountain on the planet. A whopping 20,000 feet of this mountain are below see level so you can’t see all of it. It’s a beautiful place to stroll around with the greenery giving perfect shade from the sun.

The culture

The Hula culture is absolutely fantastic and really does make this place what it is. I met some people from a Maui roofing company and they showed me around and it was really amazing. If you want to you will be able to learn about some of the local traditions and fascinating myths. I am sure you will end up getting involved in Hula dance at some point, I did! Looked like a fool, loved every second!

Scuba Diving in the Hawaiian Islands

The islands of Hawaii are famous for their lush beauty, gorgeous beaches, and cultural traditions. The islands have so much to offer visitors and it is no surprise that they are some of the most popular tourists destinations in the world. The beauty of the Hawaiian islands extends beyond its shore to the underwater world of the Pacific Ocean. The remote location of the islands ensures clean, warm water and a diverse, interesting marine ecosystem- 25% of Hawaii’s marine life can’t be found anywhere else in the world. Whether you are an expert scuba diver or just a beginner a scuba diving trip is sure to be a highlight of your vacation.

Before diving into the water you will need some training. If you are already a certified diver bring your certification card. If you are a novice that has never scuba dived you can take an introductory “resort course” which will teach you the basics and allow you to participate on a beginner dive in the ocean. If your time permits you can take a full scuba course offered at one of the many dive shops on the islands and become a certified diver.

The main Hawaiian islands are: Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Big Island of Hawaii, Molokai, and Lanai. Each island offers a number of beautiful and interesting dive sites. The best dive sites tend to be on the leeward coasts where visibility can be 100 feet or more. Hawaii is home to a number of reef fish, sea turtles, dolphins, sharks, and manta rays. The marine life is not the only interesting thing you will see on a dive- there are many coral reefs and interesting lava formations to explore.

The best scuba trips are off shore and are accessed by boat, but there are a few good shore dive sites. There are a number of dive shops and scuba diving tour operators on each of the main islands. Before booking a trip do some research to discover which dive operation offers the best trips to the best dive sites.

Hawaii is a great vacation spot and the islands are easily accessible. Flights arrive daily from many different destinations, and inter-island travel is available from local air carriers. Lodging options are numerous, ranging from budget to luxury. When planning your trip make sure to purchase travel insurance to protect you in the event of trip cancellation or any other unforeseen circumstances. With careful planning you are sure to enjoy your time both above and below water in Hawaii.

Pearl Harbor Tourist Guide

When people visit Pearl Harbor on their Hawaii holidays, they typically visit the Arizona Memorial. Most people know about the story of how the USS Arizona sank, and how more than 1,000 men went down with the ship. Some people even know about the USS Battleship Missouri, and how officials signed the treaty to stop the war with Japan on its deck. These two memorials mark the beginning and the ending of the war with Japan. However, there are other exciting Hawaii attractions people may want to visit when visiting Pearl Harbor.

One such attraction is the USS Bowfin, a World War II submarine. Thanks to the efforts of both civilian and military volunteers, who successfully restored the Bowfin, the vintage submarine is a popular tourist attraction today. The Bowfen, purchased in 1979, moved to its current location in 1980 next to the USS Arizona. It officially became a museum ship in the year 1981.

Two other must-see attractions in Pearl Harbor include the Museum of the Pacific Aviation, as well as, the Memorial of the USS Oklahoma. The USS Oklahoma, sunk in December of 1941, took more than 400 men down with her. In the year 2007, on the anniversary of its sinking, the USS Oklahoma was then dedicated in memory of those men.

pacific-aviation-museumThe Pacific Aviation Museum, located on Ford Island, is a short distance from the Arizona memorial. The museum includes a 42,000 square foot Hangar 37 displaying the various aircraft used in World War II and the Korean war. It also has a Hangar 79 which displays aircraft used in Vietnam and recent wars.

In conclusion, Pearl Harbor, which is still an active segment of the United States Navy, is the only naval base in the country designated a National Historical Landmark. Whether people decide to spend their trip exploring one or several of the above-mentioned attractions, they are sure to gain many incredible memories of their vacation in Pearl Harbor.