Gifted with sun-drenched beaches, dramatic mountains, palm-fringed blue lagoons, pristine rainforests, cascading waterfalls and rivers meandering their ways through canyons – Hawaii exceeds all expectations of a tropical paradise. The Pacific island group, off mainland USA, comprises 132 islands and atolls. The state of Hawaii consists of eight islands of which seven are inhabited and six allow visitors, and has Honolulu as the capital. There is a wealth of natural attractions that you can explore. Indeed, there is far too much to see and do on any vacation – it is little wonder then that the visitors return to the Aloha State time and again.
Volcanoes:The entire island chain comprises soaring volcanoes. Visit Oahu and you can hike to the top of the ancient and world-famous volcano, Diamond Head. If you are on Big Island, you can see the red-hot lava ooze from Kilauea at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. On Maui, you can gain a bird’s eye view of a volcanic crater at Haleakala National Park.
Waterfalls:One of the most beautiful sights in Hawaii is that of the gushing waterfalls thundering their way down into fresh water pools. On the Big Island, you can see the Rainbow Falls; in Hilo, the spectacular 442-foot Akaka Falls; and in Maui, the best viewing opportunities are along the road to Hana. Drive along the road and at the end you’ll come across Oheo Gulch (also known as the Seven Sacred Pools), with some really dramatic waterfalls on the islands. Kauai also offers its share of accessible waterfalls including the 40-foot Opaekaa Falls.
Gardens: The gardens filled with sweet scent of flowers provide for numerous photo opportunities. Spend a day in the gardens and you will be able to gain an insight into Hawaii’s spectacular range of tropical flora. On the Big Island, visit Liliuokalani Gardens, the largest formal Japanese garden which resembles a garden from Japan complete with bonsai, carp ponds, pagodas, and a moon-gate bridge. In Honolulu, Oahu, head to the shady oasis of Foster Botanical Garden which showcases about 26 native Hawaiian trees including an East African, whose white flowers bloom only at night. On Maui, visit Kula Botanical Garden, where you can enjoy a stroll through more than 700 native and exotic plants, including orchids, proteas, and bromeliads.
Marine Life Conservation Areas:Hawaii has nine underwater parks to its credit. These are spread across Hawaii and include Kealakekua Bay, on the Big Island; Waikiki Beach and Hanauma Bay, on Oahu; Molokini on Maui; and Manele and Hulopoe bays on Lanai. Snorkelling is a popular activity and so do remember to take along your snorkel gear.
If you are a nature enthusiast, you don’t have to venture out to far to explore the wonders that the island has to offer – stay in any of the Hawaii villas, or private holiday homes for rent, set amidst spectacular surroundings and you will have the best of nature right on your doorstep.
Source by Preety Gupta
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