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Hotspots of Hawaii

Hawaii is the dream destination for many purely because just mentioning the name of this US state conjures up good vibes, bright colours and brighter sunshine over beautiful sandy beaches. But the stereotypical and rather dated image of Hawaiian shirts, leis and hula skirts is just what’s on the surface of the Hawaiian Islands, to please the tourists. Under the flowers and frills lie outstanding landscapes, adventure experiences and wonderful wildlife that will stay in the memories of visitors for the rest of their days, especially as there are plenty of fantastic photo opportunities from high vantage points.

The Six Islands of Hawaii

Hawaii is the largest of 6 islands that make up the US State of Hawaii. Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai and Maui are the names of the other islands in the belt, with Kauai being the oldest and northernmost island.



Each island has its own special selling point. Kauai has its coastlines, canyons and river; Oahu contains the capital of Hawaii and also the infamous Pearl Harbour and the famous Waikiki beach, and the other islands have a good mix of different volcanoes, plantations, national parks and beautiful beaches to explore.

The Big Island

Hawaii Island, also known as “The Big Island” has the most for families to see and do. It’s a popular honeymoon hotspot and is also becoming a popular place to get married for anyone looking to escape the trappings of a traditional wedding in their home country and opt for a more intimate and relaxed affair.

For the more sporting visitor, Hawaii offers some great activities such as surfing, kayaking, scuba diving and Manta Ray diving. Surfing is hugely popular and surfers from all over the world travel to Hawaii for the surf culture and fantastic waves. There are an abundance of surf shops and shacks on the island that reflect that the surf culture is going strong and growing.

The Hawaiian coast is also the ideal place for diving as there is so much sea life to see in the clear blue warm waters. It’s not uncommon to spot hump back whales, sea turtles and dolphins, and around 20% of the fish species found on the Hawaii coastlines haven’t been spotted anywhere else in the world. For those that prefer spectating rather than sporting, cruises are the perfect way to relax and enjoy the scenery.

An example of a Hawaiian HomeSwap

Hawaii on a Budget

Hawaii isn’t just a luxury honeymoon destination; there is accommodation available to suit everyone. Sites like Love Home Swap offer holiday homes from property owners all around the world, with a good selection in Hawaii. Property owners from the UK will be pleased to know that if they can offer a to take part in a house swap London property that they own could be swapped for a week on Waikiki beach. Those on a shoe string budget or back-packing across the Hawaiian Islands can enjoy savings on accommodation by staying at one of the hostels available.

Katie Sykes is a travel writer whom has spent time in the USA and enjoys visiting Europe. Katie uses the website www.lovehomeswap.com as inspiration for her travel plans.

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