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Hawaii is the 50th and most recent state to be added to the United States of America. However, it has been known to travellers for hundreds of years due to its paradise-like ambiance. From black sand beaches to lush tropical jungles and towering volcanoes, this group of islands is truly a marvel unto itself. Tourism is by far the most important industry here and every year, countless visitors arrive only to never want to leave. If this is your first time travelling here, it is a good idea that we take a quick look at some travel tips as well as examine a handful of popular attractions.
There are three main airports which service the islands. These are:
As you can stay on any of these islands, the ultimate choice of airport will revolve around your destination. However, it should be highlighted that there are regular ferry services between different locations if you are not able to find the airport of your first choice. Some common airlines served are:
If you are arriving from the United Kingdom or Europe, you will need to choose a connecting flight either in Asia or the United States. Major cities such as Tokyo, Chicago, Sydney and New York all offer such options.
Of course, who would ever mention Hawaii without briefly examining its beaches. Waikiki Beach, the North Shore of Oahu, Lanikai Beach, Lahaina Beach (Maui) and Poipu Beach (Kauai) are truly amazing. In particular, the North Short is arguably the most well-known magnet for surfers from around the world.
Hawaii has always been associated with volcanoes, and for good reason. Some locations such as Kilauea and Mauna Loa are still active. Still, you are able to get an up close and personal look through the help of experienced tour guides. Some other sites of natural wonder include the extinct volcano of Diamond Head, the Na Pali Coast Natural Park (hiking is a great option here), Hanamua Bay and Waipio Valley.
Cities such as Honolulu, Kapolai and Kailua are all excellent ways to immerse yourself in the modern culture of these islands. Shopping and find dining are never far off. However, it would be remiss to fail to mention the rather bittersweet history espoused at the Pearl Harbor Memorial. Every visitor to these islands should make it a point to visit this moving tribute.
Hawaii can be visited during any time of the year, as the weather is always agreeable. However, those who are looking to save money in terms of flights and accommodations may opt to visit during the autumn or the winter. Either way, the waters will be just as inviting.