Ideas for a Hawaiian Vacation

Ideas for a Hawaiian Vacation #1: Nestled among Hawaii’s Big Island lava fields is the 82-acre hideaway vacation spot - The Kona Village Resort. The area here on the western side of the island is not a heavily traveled tourist spot.

It’s a historical area and the Kona Village Resort sits at the site of the ancient Hawaiian village of Manuahi. This is the perfect vacation spot to explore the natural beauty if Hawaii and enjoy the ocean and tropical jungle. It makes a great romantic getaway or you can take the whole family.

There are plenty of fun activities to fill your days.

You stay in one of the hales that are located around the property among the ponds and tropical vegetation or the beach.

You can swim in the ocean, snorkel, canoe, kayak or any number of other activities.

Children especially love coming here for the real Hawaiian experience.

The resort offers all kinds of fun stuff to do from kite-flying and star gazing to scuba diving and volleyball. The Kona Village Resort makes a great Hawaiian family vacation idea.

Ideas for a Hawaiian Vacation #2: On Kauai, Hawaii's "Garden Isle", the National Botanical Garden Is waging a war to preserve the native plant species and slow down the rate of extinction. They maintain three beautiful lush gardens on the island where you can these plants can be viewed and enjoyed by visitors.

The National Botanical Garden Garden's headquarters is on the South Shore and this is where the McBryde and Allerton gardens are located. Limahuli Garden is on the North Shore. Both guided and self-guided tours of the gardens are available.

If your vacation takes to Kauai, consider a visit to these wonderful botanical displays of Hawaiian plant life. Swim in the 80 degree Geo-Thermal warm springs; snorkel at Kapoho tide pools. Take a steam bath in underground saunas.

Hike through the old craters and fern forests of Volcano National Park. Watch the hot lava flowing through Thurston Lava Tube. Shop for handmade crafts and taste exotic fruit in the farmer's market of old town Hilo.

Wonder at the 4,000-foot waterfall in the Waipio Valley. Meet the goddess of snow, Poliahu, on top of the highest mountain peak on the earth - Mauna Kea. You can enjoy all this and more with the Eco Adventure Vacation Package offered by Yoga Oasis Eco Retreat Center Hawaii's Big Island.

Ideas for a Hawaiian Vacation #3: Last winter I decided to take a vacation with my girlfriend of two years. We did some research online and decided to go to Waikiki. Leaving the cold of Ohio we arrived in Hawaii and were greeted by 80 degree temperatures.

The vacation was fantastic. Waikiki has everything a person could want from great food, all sorts of entertainment and one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. We went to Pearl Harbor and saw the Arizona Memorial which is something every American should accomplish. We hiked Diamondhead, snorkeled, swam with the dolphins, and went to the Dole plantation.

The vacation was the best of my life. It had moments of romance encompassed in total fun. Everyone should go to Hawaii once in there lifetime, and when you do you can island hop by plan really cheap. - Trey from OH

Ideas for a Hawaiian Vacation #4: A family trip to the island of Oahu in Hawaii is a wonderful idea for what your family might think of as the best vacation of all. Oahu offers a tremendous diverse set of activities which are sure to please the entire family.

First, there are the major hotels and shopping areas near world-famous Waikiki Beach, where your family can get surfing lessons from local instructors, go out sailing on a catamaran, snorkel, or simply relax near the crystal blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. Scrambling up to the peak of Diamond Head near the beach is another unforgettable opportunity.

If pure relaxation creates the ideal best vacation for your family, around Oahu are major hotel resorts that offer all-inclusive comfort for luxuriating in the soft breeze of the trade winds. The Southeast and North portions of Oahu are home to these mega-resorts. Whatever accommodations you choose, Oahu, with a great diversity of activities, is a great place for a memorable family vacation.

Ideas for a Hawaiian Vacation #5: The Puna coast on the eastern side of the Big Island of Hawaii is lovely, yet it does not attract a lot of tourists. Most visitors to the Big Island go to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park or to the Kona coast instead.

The Puna coastline does not have much in the way of sandy beaches, which may account for its relative obscurity. Most of the Puna coast is rugged lava rock and has dangerous undertows. It also takes a bit of extra effort to get to it. The closest airport is Hilo, about 45 minutes away, which offers little if any direct service from the mainland USA; direct flights are routed to Kona or Honolulu instead.

However, the Puna coast offers some beautiful scenic drives, such as along Hawaii State Highway 137, as well as a coastal picnic park for swimming that is fed by underground hot springs (Ahalanui Hot Pond), and plenty of hiking opportunities. Also, there are accommodations, shopping, and good eats in Hilo as well as in the local town of Pahoa. Enjoy! - Pili from Hawaii

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