Mem­o­ries of is­lands last a life­time

Life & Style Weekend - - TRAVEL - BY Sarah Har­ri­son

WHEN I first went to Hawaii I was ex­pect­ing warm weather and nice beaches, but what I got was mem­o­ries that will last a life­time. Since then I have re­turned a num­ber of times and I even got mar­ried on the North Shore at Tur­tle Bay.

When vis­it­ing Oahu I highly rec­om­mend tak­ing a Pearl Har­bour tour to learn the his­tory. I re­ally en­joyed the luau and the amaz­ing out­let shop­ping. My now hus­band also loved the surf.

Maui is fan­tas­tic for any­thing wa­ter-re­lated. The snorkel tour at Molokini was amaz­ing. It’s a vol­cano half-sub­merged un­der wa­ter. You will see lots of tur­tles and beau­ti­ful fish. But the most breath­tak­ing mo­ment was when we were out snorkelling and a whale ap­peared in front of us and breached.

If you like na­ture you will love The Big Is­land (Hawai’i). I re­ally en­joyed the hikes – you even get to hike past a vol­cano. We also did a night-time snorkel with the manta rays that was an un­real ex­pe­ri­ence.

What keeps bring­ing me back to Hawaii is there is al­ways some­thing new to dis­cover. There are also so many great ad­ven­tur­ous ac­tiv­i­ties or ways to re­lax, whether it’s cock­tails by the pool, sun­set drinks or walks on the beach. I also loved the food vans. I drank freshly blended pineap­ple and ice from a real pineap­ple, and the fish tacos – yum! For the lux­ury din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence , Chef Mo­ri­moto’s restau­rant at the Modern Honolulu is some­thing spe­cial.

I would rec­om­mend Hawaii for every­one. It’s great for fam­i­lies and kids, groups of friends, hon­ey­moons, girls trips or boys trips – Hawaii re­ally does cater for every­one. If I have con­vinced you to try out Hawaii for your next trip, come in and see me at Flight Cen­tre Caloun­dra or phone on 1300 359 089.

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