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Cruising Hawaii

Updated on March 12, 2011

The Hawaiian Islands are the dream destination of many travelers. Any cruise that joins together the four islands of this wonderful state is a great way to spend a vacation. Each island contains its own charm and beauty, and is easy to tell apart from the others. From the 'Big Island' to Oahu, Maui, and Kauai, the differences are unique and telling. Here are some of the ways these islands differ, and how you can know which one you're on:

Maui is loaded with outdoor activities. There's kayaking and biking, ATV tours, and parasailing. You can go surfing or make plans to have your own luau. Many of the finest golf courses and beaches are found here on this island. You can see the summit of their famed Haleakala volcano from there, and it's quite a sight to see.

Now we come to the second island, which is the 'Big Island', also called 'Hawaii'. This island is bigger than the other three combined, so naturally there are a lot more things to do and see. Hawaii includes all the activities found on the other islands, with surfing, day long trips, and eco tours happening every day. You can see volcanoes and visit national parks. No matter what you do, you'll be mesmerized by the natural beauty that's offered by these four Hawaiian islands, and you'll enjoy the activities and entertainment you'll find there. The sights, the smells, the entertainment, are all things that you will never forget. Bring a good camera with you.

Kauai is the furthest one from the famed 'Big Island', and it's also the smallest - but it can't be counted out in regard to local culture. It has the nickname of being the 'Garden Island'. This is because of its beautiful scenery and rich wildlife. It's home to a wide variety of nature-based activities. There's biking, whale watching, kayaking, tubing, snorkeling, dinner cruises, eco tours, or taking airplane tours. The natural beauty of Kauai has made it a widely used spot for Hollywood films. The natural wildlife from garden to the beach that's found in Waimea Canyon can be seen in one day long tour whenever you visit this island.

As you work back toward the 'Big Island', you'll find the cruise boat docking in at Oahu. This is the next largest of the islands. It's home to the infamous Waikiki beach and resort. It's known to be a gathering place and is a very dominant island in this Hawaiian chain, mainly due to Honolulu being named as its capital around 200 years ago. Here you can find all the comforts that make you feel home. Oahu is a well developed island. There is snorkeling and skydiving all up and down the coast line. You can stop in at Pearl Harbor and pick up on some history, and be sure to visit the USS Arizona that still sits in the harbor as a landmark. The Polynesian Cultural Center is another must-visit.  Here you can find out all about their rich cultural history and their native people.


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    Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

    Someday I would like to visit Hawaii! :)