Visit Hawaii for a tropical time.
One of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, the many islands of Hawaii offer an endless variety of tourist destinations. From military memorials at Pearl Harbor to looking down the throat of an active volcano or swimming with dolphins and turtles, Hawaii offers adventures that can only be found on this archipelago in the central Pacific Ocean. No single visit to the islands is enough time to visit all the best destinations. Trips to this 50th state are expensive, but competition for tourist dollars is fierce so shopping around for hotels, car rentals and tours can expose some bargain prices.
Pearl Harbor Tours
Pearl Harbor is still an active Navy base.
One of the most popular tours in the Hawaiian Island chain are trips to Pearl Harbor, site of the attack on Dec. 7, 1941, that brought the United States into World War II. Tours in this area offer visits to the USS Arizona Memorial. Visitors to the area should seek out a reputable tour company that will take you to the Arizona as well as the battleship Missouri, the Bowfin Submarine and the Pacific Aviation Museum. Pearl Harbor, as well as other Pearl Harbor tourist locations, can be visited without paying for an organized tour. Visiting these four locations in Pearl Harbor takes about five hours. Allow for more time if you plan on spending time in Honolulu. Pearl Harbor continues to be an active military facility and strict security measures prohibit purses, handbags, fanny packs, backpacks, camera bags, diaper bags and luggage.
Official Pearl Harbor Tours
Pearl Harbor Oahu
PO Box 88022
Honolulu, HI 96830
Helicopter Tours of The Big Island
See Hawaii from the air.
Getting a bird's eye view of any one of the Hawaiian Islands is a memory that will last. Numerous companies offer helicopter tours of every island, and the most popular include flying high over an active volcano. Seeing the rainforest, snow covered mountain and lava-belching volcanoes is a thrill and photo opportunity that you won't want to miss. The best volcano tours can be found on the Big Island. Your best bet is a tour that will take you up and over Kilauea, which has been erupting since 1983. From your eye in the sky, you might see lava flows, as well as tropical rainforests and waterfalls. The tour routes can shift because of weather and wind and the volcano activity tends to vary hourly. Blue Hawaiian Helicopters offers daily flights from Hilo with tour narration by Hawaii certified pilots/tour guides.
Blue Hawaiian Helicopters
105 Kahului Heliport
Kahului, HI 96732
Boat Tours of Kauai
Touring the islands of Hawaii can be done on foot, in the air or as the first explorers did it, by boat. One of the top islands to tour is Kauai, known as Hawaii's island of adventure. Boat tours around this island offer more than just sightseeing. Some of the adventures include whale watching, fishing, diving and snorkeling. Options are available to take you over the clear blue waters in something as simple as a rubber raft or as luxurious as a yacht loaded with many amenities. Visitors interested in wildlife should look for a snorkeling tour. The best day trips offer a tour guide who is a marine biologist, thus providing you with an educational and sight filled tour. Most snorkeling tours include equipment (snorkels, masks and wet suits). For those who want to stay above the water, a catamaran cruise off the Na Pali coast will give you an unparalleled view of the island. When winter comes, so do the whales. cruises near the south shores of the island will provide views of dolphins, turtles and humpback whales. The Kauai Visitor's Board, a nonprofit organization charged with marketing the island of Kauai, offers links to several reputable tour companies on its website.
Kaua'i Visitors Bureau
4334 Rice St.
Suite 101 Lihue, HI 96766
Tom Nari has been writing professionally since 1998 and has written extensively for a variety of websites. He has coached competitive swimmers and triathletes and holds an additional degree in Kinesiology Theory, specializing in nutrition and resistance training. Nari holds a Master of Arts in creative writing from Loyola Marymount University.
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