Island Hopping in Hawaii: Everything You Need to Know


Aloha! Welcome to Hawaii, a collection of eight beautiful islands whose stunning scenery and friendly locals have made the area synonymous with paradise. It is home to a unique mix of cultures, a wildly diverse climate, awe-inspiring landscapes and a philosophy of neighbourliness and happiness that permeates everyday life. With each island having its own identity to discover, a cruise holiday is the perfect way to experience this unforgettable region.

From Honolulu to Hilo, Kauai to Kona, the majestic volcanic landscape of Hawaii is guaranteed to take your breath away around every corner. Iconic films and TV series such as Jurassic Park and Lost were filmed here, and it’s easy to see why their directors were drawn to the mystical, dramatic backdrop of Hawaii’s scenery. Learn about the islands’ pivotal role in WWII, discover the rich cultural history of Hawaii, and absorb the friendly ‘aloha’ philosophy of the locals.

Whether you’ve recently booked a cruise around Hawaii or are still deciding where to travel on your luxury cruise holiday, our comprehensive guide can give you some inspiration for your upcoming cruise.

Destination Guides

Each Hawaiian island has its own culture, its own personality, and its own unique landscape, so you can expect incredible sights and experiences at each one. Here, we provide in-depth guides to a few of the islands so you can make the most of your cruise holiday.

honolulu travel guide

Honolulu Travel Guide: Top Things to See and Do 

Hawaii’s capital city is a hugely popular tourist destination, where the turbulent history of the island meets the vibrancy of modern Hawaii. The bustling port city is perfect to discover during a cruise stopover, from the fascinating Pearl Harbour Museum to the spectacular Diamond Head Volcano that forms Honolulu’s picturesque backdrop. Grab your sunscreen and head out on an adventure – Honolulu is one paradise island where you’ll want to do more than spend all day on the beach.

kauai travel guide

Kauai Travel Guide: Top Things to See and Do 

Kauai is also called the Garden Island, and when you see its sweeping green rainforests, craggy canyons filled with rainbows and long, empty beaches it won’t be hard to understand why. Lots of filming has been done on the island, so be sure to take a film tour to discover the backdrops to some of your favourite blockbusters. The Waimea Canyon, nicknamed the ‘Grand Canyon of the Pacific’ should be top of your list of places to visit, along with some of the other exciting activities in this guide.

hilo travel guide

Hilo Travel Guide: Top Things to See and Do 

Hilo is a fascinating island, with a strong focus on the culture and heritage of the region. From a visit to the East Hawaii Cultural Centre to a stroll around the ramshackle buildings of Downtown Hilo, there are plenty of opportunities to absorb all this island has to offer. Follow our guide to the island to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the amazing things there are to discover.

kona travel guide

Kona Travel Guide: Top Things to See and Do 

There’s so much to do on Big Island that you won’t even know where to start, so we’ve put together this guide to make sure you can make the most of your visit. From discovering the petroglyph fields that give an insight into the island’s culture before it was influenced by Westerners to touring the abundant coffee fields that line the fields around Kona, there are plenty of adventures to be had.

hawaiian greetings and phrases

15 Hawaiian Greetings, Phrases and Customs That Will Impress Your Shipmates

Whilst most people on the islands speak English, learning some Hawaiian phrases can be a great way to connect with locals and improve your holiday experience. Whether you’re saying Mahalo when a waiter serves your food or responding with the perfect Shaka when a fellow road user gives way to you, you’ll blend right in with our handy phrase guide.

pearl harbour day trip guide

The Day Tripper’s Guide to Pearl Harbour Historical Sites

Hawaii played an integral role in WWII and a trip to Pearl Harbour Historical Sites can be a great way to learn more about it and think about those who gave their lives. Our guide shows you how to make the most of your visit, so you can be sure not to miss any of the highlights.

polynesian culture highlights hawaii

Where to Explore Polynesian History and Culture in Hawaii

Hawaii is a place with a rich history and culture, and learning more about it is one of the most interesting things you can do on the islands. Most of the islands host Luaus, hula performances, and other events celebrating Hawaiian culture. We’ve rounded up some of the best, so you can experience the amazing heritage that makes Hawaii so special.

If all the above has gotten you in the mood for a voyage through beautiful Hawaii, be sure to check out our great selection of Hawaii cruise deals. Alternatively, you can give our friendly sales team a call on 0808 2746 777.

Island Hopping in Hawaii: Everything You Need to Know
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Island Hopping in Hawaii: Everything You Need to Know
Hawaii is home unique cultures, a diverse climate, beautiful landscape and a philosophy of neighbourliness and happiness that permeates day-to-day life.Whether you're taking a cruise to Hawaii soon, or are still deciding where to travel on your next trip, our comprehensive guide will inspire you to visit this unforgettable region.

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Claire has worked in the travel industry since leaving college in 1994. One of this blog's most regular contributors, Claire covers cruise news and industry trends.

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