Have you always wanted to go to Hawaii but the expense is holding you back? The airfare, combined with beachfront accommodations, and the generally high cost of everything from food to car rentals is enough to make anyone bypass Hawaii for a more budget-friendly vacation spot. However, it is completely possible to see everything Hawaii has to offer without ever setting foot on a plane or spending hundreds of dollars at every turn. Are you stumped yet? The answer is simple: take a cruise!
Why cruise to Hawaii?
Because of their distance from the North American mainland, lots of Hawaiian cruise routes are pretty long––usually taking about 10 to 16 days to complete You’ll get plenty of time to relax and enjoy the ship on your way to and from the islands, so it’s like getting two vacations in one! Take advantage of the wide variety of amenities the ship offers such as the pool and hot tub, the spa, games and contests, and top-notch nightly entertainment. The best part is, that all of your activities and meals on the ship are included in the trip price, making a cruise the best option for experiencing Hawaii on a budget. Even when you leave the ship for excursions, you can come back for meals so you wont be spending any money on food if you wont want to. If you choose to explore the local cuisine and prefer to get, say, lunch off the ship, you can still avail yourself of breakfast and dinner and save money in the process.
Ports Of Call To Check Out
One of the major advantages of taking a Hawaii cruise is the accessibility of each port. Because you’re approaching the islands from the sea, you can “bounce around,” so to speak, from port to port and island to island. No need to worry about pricey inter-island flights and hotel stays. If you’re a first-time visitor to Hawaii, following the cruise itinerary is the perfect way to ensure you see all the highlights with the least amount of fuss.
Honolulu Harbor, located on the southern coast of Oahu, is a hub of activity located in the state’s capital city. The history buffs in your group can tour Iolani Palace, the home of Hawaii’s last remaining monarchs. Another historical must-see is the memorial at Pearl Harbor.
After all that touring, relax in the gorgeous Byodo-In temple in the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park. This non-denominational Japanese temple is a replica of a 900-year-old Buddhist temple located in Kyoto, Japan. Settled among botanical gardens and koi ponds, the temple offers travelers a peaceful place to relax and take in the sights.
Lahaina, on Maui, is a destination featuring peaceful activities such as scenic golf courses and whale watching expeditions. Take a look at the famous banyan tree in the aptly named Banyan Tree Park. The tree, planted in 1873, is over 60 feet tall and has 12 trunks! Don’t worry though; Lahaina offers some thrilling adventures, too. The adrenaline junkies in your group can take surf lessons or a helicopter tour that soars over the Haleakala crater––a giant dormant volcano!
Kailua-Kona, on the other hand, is off the beaten path, on the less popular––but still incredibly gorgeous––”Big Island.” The island of Hawaii doesn’t get as many tourists, yet still offers breathtaking scenery, rainforests, beaches, and plenty of opportunities for adventure. If the inactive volcano on Lahaina didn’t get your blood pumping fast enough, don’t miss your chance to visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and check out Kilauea and Mauna Loa––two of the world’s most active volcanoes! Afterward, relax with a good book on Hapuna Beach.
Hawaii combines nature, adventure, history, food, shopping, and fun with world-famous hospitality, making it the ideal family vacation. Now that there are more and more cruises sailing for Hawaii, now is your chance to seize the opportunity and experience the islands cruising in style.