Cruising: The Best Way to Explore Hawaii
There’s more than one way to see Hawaii, and we would pick a cruise every time. Here’s why:
While they’re all stunning, each Hawaiian Island has its own unique landscape and special character, from the volcanoes of the Big Island to the towering waterfalls of Kauai. You’ll want to see more than one island, and a cruise makes that easy. You board your ship, unpack and relax, with no worries about having to repack to catch a flight each time you change islands.
A cruise is cost-efficient, too: Taking flights between islands gets expensive. Also, meals on shore can be pricey. As a cruise passenger, you’ll have the option of returning to the ship for delicious meals that are included in your cruise fare.
A cruise also guarantees some spectacular over-the-water views of the islands from the ship’s decks, if not from your very own stateroom. That’s something you don’t necessarily get from a hotel or resort, even if it’s on the water.
When you choose to cruise Hawaii, you have a choice of two basic cruise options. One is to fly to Honolulu and board a ship that cruises only among the islands. This will maximize your vacation time in Hawaii. Another option is to sail from a west coast port like San Diego, Los Angeles or Vancouver. This will give you time to enjoy the amenities of your ship as you sail across the Pacific.
However you get there, what can you plan to see on a Hawaiian cruise? Popular ports include Honolulu on the island of Oahu, with the iconic peak of Diamondhead and Waikiki Beach. A visit to the lovely and solemn USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor is a must, too.
Some people say Kauai is the most beautiful of the islands. Popular shore excursions include lush Waimea Canyon or a visit to the island’s breathtaking Napali coast.
Maui is known for its laid-back, artsy ambiance, with fantastic beaches and Haleakala National Park, which offers some adventurous excursions.
The Big Island of Hawaii has plantations that produce world-famous Kona coffee, plus, the stark beauty of Volcanoes National Park.
Some cruises visit the tranquil, less-developed islands of Lanai and Molokai, too. Talk with Anita, your professional travel advisor, soon to make your plans for cruising the Hawaiian Islands.
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