The warm waters, sunshine and lush forests of Hawaii has long attracted Australians. It’s a just a 10-hour journey to the idyllic paradise and there are plenty of things to do in Waikiki, the glamorous neighbourhood of Honolulu, writes Libby Shaw.
Take in history at Pearl Harbour
You can take a guided tour of the harbour where you will learn all about the infamous bombing of the USS Arizona and visit its memorial – the underwater resting place of more than 1000 sailors – which is only accessible by boat. On Ford Island, you can board the USS Missouri and stand on the deck where the Terms of Surrender that ended World War II were signed.
Go on a tour of a working farm
On the Hawaiian Islands, you will find farms that grow macadamia nuts, coffee, papaya, cacao, jackfruit, vanilla and much more. A huge number of working farms offer tours that let you learn about aquaculture developments pioneered by Hawaiian people thousands of years ago.
If you’re travelling with kids, Waikiki Aquarium is a must-visit, where you’ll learn all about Hawaii’s unique sea life and marine communities. Exhibits include a section of the aquarium dedicated to the ecology and residents of coral reefs. The kids will learn about the relationship between clownfish and sea anemones and will get an up-close look at sharks and groupers, as well as the critically endangered monk seals and other unique marine species that are only found on these uninhibited islands.
Hike up Diamond Head crater
Known in Hawaiian as Le’ahi, Diamond Head is an extinct volcano at the eastern end of Waikiki. From the beach you can see the iconic profile, but to see the full crater you can hike the historic trail that goes from the floor of the crater right to the summit on a very steep path that eventually turns into stairs and gives you magnificent views of Waikiki.
Cruise under the sea
If you’ve ever wanted to travel in a submarine, here’s your chance. Atlantis Adventures submarines let you admire the world beneath the sea. While you’re underneath the surface your tour guides will share fascinating details about the fish and other sea creatures, plus give commentary on the many ships and airplanes that you may be able to see. The submarine tours are a great option for families or those who want an underwater experience without going scuba diving.
Take Me There
Stay: Rediscover Travel has a fabulous Waikiki Hyatt Regency seven-night deal. The property is right on the beach and you’re guaranteed either a city or ocean view room. Kids under the age of 17 stay free. Resort fees are included, and you can enjoy a champagne breakfast at the property’s buffet, as well as the happy hour, which runs from 11am until 10pm.
Price: The trip is valued at $3,599 but right now it’s on sale from $2,099 per person.