Combining all the tranquility of a tropical paradise with a cocktail of exotic wildlife, Hawaii is the ideal luxury cruise destination.
Although the Hawaiian Islands remain a fairly obscure detination for British travellers due to the limited amount of direct-flights operating between London and Honolulu, you could always combine a cruise to Hawaii with a short stay in the iconic cities of Los Angeles or San Diego, from where many cruises depart.
Surely this archipelago's greatest asset is the density of attractions it boasts. On the popular resort island of O'ahu visitors can experience the cultural and culinary delights of cosmopolitan Honolulu and remain within walking distance of stretches of white sand beach and crystal waters. The larger islands, Hawaii's Big Island and Maui, boast rich and diverse landscapes, stretching from the coral reefs, to palm-fringed beaches and up through rainforest to the volcanic peaks inland.
The beauty of a Hawaiian cruise is that each port caters to every palate. Sun worshipers, nature lovers and active types will all find something to satisfy around the Aloha State.
Humpback whales spend their winters in the warm waters around Hawaii, so visitors taking a cruise between November and May have the chance to spot these majestic creatures from the ship. Closer to shore, Kealakekua Bay on the Big Island and the beach strips that line Maui are frequented by a plethora of marine life, making them among the world's premier snorkelling spots.
The islands of Hawaii are some of the most geologically fascinating landmasses on earth. The Haleakala National Park is home to the mighty volcano that gave rise to the Eastern part of the island of Maui and is certainly worth taking the trip inland to explore.
The Port of Pearl Harbour, O'ahu, still stands as a major landmark in American history and features highly on most cruise itineraries to the destination.
Finally no trip to Hawaii is complete without attending a luau, a traditional Polynesian beach party showcasing authentic dress, dancing and cuisine.
Popular ports of call on Hawaii cruises include Fanning Island; Hilo, Hawaii's Big Island; Kauai; Maui; Honolulu and Pearl Harbour, O'ahu.
Cruise liners typically set off for Hawaii from Los Angeles or San Diego, although some also run from Sydney, Mexico or from Honolulu itself.
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