Lost in paradise
There are many words that can be used to describe Hawaii; blissful, Idyllic, peaceful, but nothing can quite prepare you for its absolute stunning beauty. Sat magnificently in the Pacific Ocean, the State of Hawaii is divided into five counties - Hawaiʻi, Honolulu, Kalawao, Kauaʻi, and Maui, which make up its chain of islands - Hawaiʻi, Maui, Kahoʻolawe, Lānaʻi, Molokaʻi, Oʻahu, Kauaʻi, and Niʻihau. They are commonly known as the Hawaiian Emperor seamount chain, originating from volcanic activity ranging from approximately 28 million years to 400,000 years ago, with some areas still volcanically active today. This is why its breath-taking rugged landscape is so diverse, and probably where the perception of paradise was first born.
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British sea Captain James Cook visited the islands on January 18, 1778 and named them the "Sandwich Islands" in honor of John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich. This name was in use until the 1840s until the local name became more common again.
The first thing to do on any Hawaiian trip is to just soak up the heavenly atmosphere and lush surroundings. Start with the traditional welcome at the airport by accepting a flower lei from the beautiful people who live on these islands. Next, head for the world famous beaches and wade through the warm gentle waves of the Pacific, wander along the soft white sand and sip your favourite tropical cocktail watching the sun go down.
The beaches are just as diverse as the landscape in Hawaii. From calm blue waters with white, red, black or green shimmering sand to beaches with tiny pebbles and magnificent waves, you can find every type in Hawaii.
Waikīkī Beach is probably the most famous beach in the world, and from there you can see the majestic Diamond Head, a volcanic crater and famous landmark.
Waikīkī is a beachfront neighbourhood of Honolulu, the capital of Hawaii on the island of Oahu’s and well known for its swaying palm trees, tall stylish hotels and great nightlife. You will also find the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu. This remarkable memorial was built over the hull of the sunken battleship and commemorates the final resting place of those lives lost during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in World War II.
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A trip such as the Trafalgar Hawaiian Discovery tour will take you to all these places and beyond. After arriving and seeing the delightful sights in Honolulu, this fabulous tour will take you to the Big Island of Hawaii where you get to meet the adorable Manta Rays, beautiful sea creatures which gracefully swim around the shores
Next, head to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the world's biggest volcano. From there, travel to the ‘Magic Isle’ of Maui, a tropical wonderland where you can be dazzled by enchanting waterfalls and exquisite white-sandy beaches. Finally, a short flight will take you to the ‘Garden Isle’ of Kauai, known for its many waterfalls, including the Manawaiopuna Falls, more famously known as the Jurassic Falls because it was featured in the Jurassic Park movie.
You will not want to end this magical experience, but when you do, bid “Aloha ‘oe” ….“Farewell to you” to the wonderful people of Hawaii but be sure to promise “A hui hou”.... “Until we meet again”.