Say Aloha to Hawaii

Monthly Chronicle - - Travel - Monique Mon­sees, Cher­ry­brook Travel, Westleigh

One of the more pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tions in re­cent times would have to be Hawaii. And with the golden beaches, the breath­tak­ing vol­canic scenery, the ca­sual laid-back life­style so on par with the Aus­tralian way of life plus a tol­er­a­ble 10 hour flight, what’s not to like?

Fares vary through­out the year and Hawai­ian Air­lines do bring out some great spe­cials. But a ball­park price would be about $1100 per per­son re­turn in­clud­ing taxes. If you want one of the other is­lands the price would be about $1250 per per­son.

As a travel agent, I’m of­ten asked which is the best is­land to visit in Hawaii. This is about as easy to an­swer as the age old “how long is a piece of string?”

It all comes down to per­sonal tastes and pref­er­ences, so here’s a brief de­scrip­tion of each. They’re dis­tinctly dif­fer­ent is­lands but have some­thing for ev­ery­one. The four main is­lands are Oahu (with Hawaii’s cap­i­tal Honolulu), Kauai, Maui, and the Is­land of Hawaii.

If you’re af­ter wa­ter sports, ad­ven­ture sports, and golf, Maui is best. If you’re af­ter the sport plus some spec­tac­u­lar Mother Na­ture, then head to the Is­land of Hawaii, home to the ac­tive vol­cano. If you are af­ter Mother Na­ture and the jun­gles then head to Kauai, the gar­den isle. For the shopa­holics then stay on Oahu and the tourist area of Waikiki. Oahu is also the home of Pearl Har­bor and the Ari­zona Memo­rial.

One way to get a good look at all the is­lands would be to hop on Nor­we­gian Cruise Lines’ ‘Pride of Amer­ica’ cruise ship. This ship leaves Honolulu ev­ery Satur­day and is­land hops to the three other is­lands. It trav­els at night and spends two days on each is­land, giv­ing you a taste of each. Prices start at $2389 per per­son for an in­side cabin, out­side cab­ins from $3299 per per­son, and bal­cony from $3499 per per­son. Prices in­clude all meals and en­ter­tain­ment on board.

As you can imag­ine there are lots of places to stay on the Is­lands to suit all bud­gets but here are some of my favourites. In Waikiki, the Sher­a­ton Waikiki priced from $267 per per­son per night and right in the mid­dle of Waikiki shop­ping and on the beach. In Maui, the Westin Maui Re­sort & Spa from $262 per per­son per night, right on the beach with its own 18 hole golf course. In Kauai, the Kauai Mar­riott on Kala­paki Beach from $203 per per­son per night, on the beach with a golf course and largest fam­ily friendly pool in Hawaii. On the Is­land of Hawaii, the Hil­ton Waikoloa Vil­lage from $159 per per­son per night, is on the beach with great pools, mono­rail or ferry ser­vice to tra­verse the re­sort and its own in­ter­ac­tive dol­phin pro­gram. Also for some­thing dif­fer­ent the Vol­cano House from $271 per per­son per night, lo­cated within the Vol­cano Na­tional Park and perched on the rim of Ki­lauea’s Hale­mau­mau Crater.

If you would like more in­for­ma­tion on trav­el­ling to Hawaii or a quote, please see the team at Cher­ry­brook Travel, phone us on 9875 3775 or email on sales@ cher­ry­brook­travel.com.au.

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