Maui

And after Kauai, the Big Island and Oahu we release today a new destination in Hawaii: Maui. Maui is formed by the convergence of two volcanoes at the isthmus known as the Central Valley. The green West Maui Mountains are the eroded slopes of a single extinct volcano, that time has carved into steep canyons, accessible at just a few places, such as ‘Īao Valley. A road skirting the mountain’s southern flank leads to historic Lahaina and the coastal resorts of Kā‘anapali and Kapalua. East Maui is composed of Haleakala, an enormous dormant volcano crowned by a lunar landscape, now a National Park. You can enjoy a varied landscape, from Kula’s farmland to the arid, eroded crater of Haleakalā and the lush, tropical vegetation on the windward coast. Continue reading “Maui”

Big Island, Hawaii

waipio, Hawaii, USA

Today we release a new island in the Hawaiian archipelago: the Big Island. It is home to Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano that towers over the Hawaiian Islands. It is also one of the world’s best sites for astronomy; 13 telescopes representing nine countries cluster at its summit. The Big Island’s Ka Lae is the southernmost point in the United States, and Parker Ranch is one of the largest privately owned ranches in America. Hilo is the country’s rainiest city. The lush tropical forests, the expansive lava flow deserts, the sun-drenched beaches and the towering mountains make the Big Island a real paradise for nature lovers.

 

Both East and West Hawai‘i Island provide good bases for touring. Hilo is well situated for excursions to the Hamakua Coast, Mauna Kea, the Puna district, and Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park – a highlight on any visitor’s itinerary, with Kilauea Caldera and its active lava rifts. From Kailua-Kona on the island’s west side, there is access to the South Kohala resorts to the north, the Parker Ranch country of Waimea, Kona coffee country to the south, and many well-preserved ancient sites, including Pu‘uhonua O Honaunau. Pololu and Waipio wild valleys on the north shore offer the most dramatic landscapes and hiking opportunities. Discover and enjoy these and many more destinations in our app.

Hawaii, Big Island, USA, Volcanoes, National Park, Kilauea

 

 

Kaua’i

Waimea, Kauai, Canyon, Hawaii, USA

 

And we are back with another Hawaiian island: Kauai. It is a pristine and wild paradise and probably the most captivating island in the Hawaiian archipelago. From its jagged Na Pali coast to picture perfect Hanalei Bay to tumbling Wailua Falls, you will find here real natural wonders. Kauai is the most ancient island, and travel to Kauai still evokes that prehistoric wilderness. Steven Spielberg favored the island for his epics: Jurassic Park, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Hook.

Fifty miles of immaculate, white sand beaches ring the island. Hiking the sweeping Kalalau Trail along the amazing Na Pali Coast is an experience you will never forget, and it is the only way to visit this gem by land.  Waimea Canyon State Park, aka Pacific Grand Canyon, is another highlight, offering panoramic views of crested buttes, rugged crags and deep valley gorges. Hanalei Bay with its picturesque pier, mountain and beach is an idyllic location. Different waterfalls are found through the island, from the easily accessible Wailua Falls to the remote Weeping Rock, an unreal place, with dozens of little waterfalls coming from the top of the island, Mount Wai’ale’ale, the wettest spot on earth. North of Waimea Canyon is Kokee State Park offering roughly 45 miles of the state’s finest hiking trails. Some trails lead to views of Waimea Canyon, others wind through wet forests with sweeping views of valleys opening up to the North Shore.

Na Pali, Kauai, Hawaii, USA, beach

Oahu

Oahu, Makapu'u, Makapuu, Lookout, Hawaii

 

Today we introduce a new destination in TravelEchoes: Oahu. This is the first of the Hawaiian Islands we’ll be adding in the next weeks. Oahu is the third largest island in the archipelago and the most populated. Honolulu is the main city and has a nice old town to explore. Close by you will find Waikiki, the most known beach in the world.

Outside Waikiki you can find less crowded surroundings and enjoy the great natural beauty of this gem in the Pacific. Natural beauty can be found in the two mountain ranges, the Koolau and Waianae ranges. Some great hikes are just a short drive into the mountains from Waikiki. Secluded white sand beaches, picturesque beach towns, and pounding winter surf on the North Shore are some of the highlights.  The Polynesian Cultural Center and Pearl Harbour with its different memorials are a must to understand the history of the island. Oahu has more than a hundred beaches. Kailua Beach Park, Kualoa Regional Park, Kahana Bay Beach Park, Lanikai Beach, Sunset Beach or Ehukai Beach Park  are some of the most interesting ones.

Diamond Head State Park – the crater of an ancient volcano – offers amazing views over Waikiki. Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden is an amazing place to enjoy nature. Nu’uanu Pali Lookout offers some of the most amazing views in the island, apart from the hiking trails. Hale’iwa Historical town is a 100-year-old historic town with many historical buildings. Byodo-in Temple is a recreation of the 900-year-old Byodo-In Temple in Kyoto. Dole Plantation, once a roadside fruit stand, offers different attractions such as the Pineapple Garden Maze. All the details and many more places of interest in your app from now on. Enjoy it.

Hanauma Bay, Oahu, Hawaii