Hawaii has remained a popular travel destination for decades. While it’s the perfect place to relax on the beach with a drink in hand, it’s also filled with ecological and historical wonderments. When planning a trip to this fabulous island, you should definitely take the time to see a few of these amazing Hawaii attractions.
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve Park
In 1990 Hanauma Bay underwent a major transformation after years of neglect and overuse. After a decade of repairs the area was reopening to the public as a nature reserve. The reserve is now a gleaming example of Hawaii’s protected natural beauty. With an educational program and ecological restrictions in place, visitors can come explore this slice of heaven at its best.
Diamond Head is Hawaii’s most infamous historical landmark. It got its namesake in the 1700’s when miners mistook calcite crystals for diamonds while digging through the summit. Hiking up Diamond Head is a must-do activity during a vacation in Hawaii. The hike takes up to 2 hours and leads you through dark tunnels, old military bunkers, and other interested surroundings. Once you’re at the top you will enjoy breathtaking views of Honolulu.
Waimea Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
If you’re a fan of plant life then the Waimea Arboretum and Botanical Gardens should be top of your Hawaii to-do list. The grounds feature 36 botanical collections, filled with native Hawaiian birds and plants. This is a popular activity for families who often pack a picnic and spend the day enjoying the dreamy surroundings.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park surrounds Kilauea – which is one of the most active volcanoes on earth. The park has over 150 miles of hiking trails, exposing visitors to volcanic craters, rainforests, desserts, a museum, and a walk-in lava tube. This is the most intimate and exciting volcanic tour people can freely explore. It’s a good idea to dedicate an entire day to visiting the park and come prepared with plenty of food and water.
Pololu Valley Lookout
Taking a drive on Highway 270 along the Kohala Coast is one of the most scenic road trips you can take in Hawaii. The reward at the end of the drive is the incredible Pololu Valley Lookout. Take in the sweeping views and then enjoy a steep hike down the valley towards the beautiful black beach.
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