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  • The Big Island

    The 'Big Island' of Hawaii is a paradise playground where visitors can enjoy a stylish lifestyle and at the same time, witness nature at its most stunning. Thousands of square miles form a leisure wonderland, featuring breathtaking beaches, tropical forests, snow-capped mountains and famously awesome active volcanoes.

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    A visit to Volcanoes National Park, which has been described as a true wonder of the world, is the state's biggest attraction and is an absolute must. Within the national park's boundaries are a variety of scenic drives and 150 miles of hiking trails.

    Tropical Hilo, on the north eastern side of the island is exceptionally lush and offers sweeping views of majestic Mauna Kea. The flourishing Hilo-Hamukua Heritage Coast, between Honoka'a and Hilo is a 45 mile drive through scenic byways, hidden waterfalls, former sugar mill towns and plantation villages. Exotic tropical flowers are in bloom from south Hilo throughout the flower-growing district of Puna. Many of the gardens and nurseries are open for tours.

    The southern half of Hawaii's Big Island offers a different perspective with Kona Coffee Country and the southernmost tip in the United States - Ka Lae. The earliest voyages from Polynesia landed here and settled.

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    • Top Tip 1

      Download the Hawaii Tourism Authority ‘App’ – GoHawaii from the App Store. It’s loaded with helpful and useful information and tips about the islands.

    • Top Tip 2

      Drive the Road to Hana, along the east shore of Maui. It’s one of the Pacific’s most scenic routes; stop to enjoy the waterfalls and other beauty spots en route.

    • Top Tip 3

      Everyone does it, but it really is worth a visit to Pearl Harbour and the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial.

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      On the Big Island of Hawaii, take a helicopter excursion and fly over the lava flow region of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

    • Top Tip 5

      Take a drive over to Hanalei Bay on the north shore of Kauai. It's where South Pacific was filmed.

    • Top Tip 6

      Hawaii’s whale-watching season is from December to April so take some time out on the water.

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      The Na Pali coast on the north-west side of Kauai boasts rugged 3000 ft high cliffs covered in lush green vegetation. You can only see it by helicopter or on a boat excursion. Prepare to be amazed.

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      Oahu's north shore is home to two of the best surfing spots in the world - Sunset Beach and Waimea Bay. The waters tend to be calm during the summer months, however, the winter weather systems create waves up to 30 ft high so it's a great place to watch the daring surfers.

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      If you're staying at the Hyatt Regency Maui, make sure you take the Tour of the Stars. You'll view the stars through Hawaii's only recreational telescope, located on the roof of the hotel. Book in advance as seating is limited and you won’t want to miss it.

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      Take a snorkelling tour by catamaran from Maui to Molokini Crater. You can depart from Lahaina; however it can get pretty choppy so we recommend you leave from Maalaea Bay for a shorter and calmer crossing.

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      It means a very early start, but drive to the top of the Haleakala Volcano on the island of Maui and watch the sunrise – simply spellbinding.

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  • Volcano Tour

    Hawaii (The Big Island)

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    • Erupting Hawaii Volcano

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    Spend an intriguing day exploring the unique geography of Hawaii’s Big Island, visiting Hawaii Volcanoes National Park where Mauna Loa, the world’s largest volcano, and Kilauea, the world’s most active volcano, as well as dormant volcanoes, lava beds and steam vents can be found. There’s some great scenery to enjoy along the way, and narration explaining why the volcanoes are important to local culture, derived from ancient legends which are meant to explain this natural phenomena.

    Duration: 8.5 Hours

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    From £105 per person