Hawaii is the ultimate tropical paradise with its white sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters full of multi-coloured fish weaving through fiery coral gardens and super friendly locals. To make the most out of these idyllic isles that make up the US State of Hawaii choose a Hawaiian cruise, either as part of a full World cruise, a Hawaii cruise from Los Angeles, or a cruise from San Francisco, hopping between each vibrant island.
Whether you're looking for fun-filled, active excursions, a chance to experience the fascinating culture and history of this slice of paradise or you'd simply like to sit back and relax in the tropical heat, a Hawaii cruise has something to offer families, solo cruisers, first time voyagers and seasoned cruisers alike.
Thanks to the warm weather all year round, there is never a bad time for a Hawaii cruise with its lush green vegetation, stunning tropical blossom, warm 'aloha' welcomes all set against an awe-inspiring backdrop. However, there are differences in cruise fare, cruise availability and weather as the seasons change that you should be aware of before choosing when to travel.
While in other places you'd expect high season to be in the summer, in Hawaii it's the winter months when elsewhere in the world weather is bad. During this popular time of year, you can expect fares to be higher and there to be more crowds, however there are more cruise lines available to take you on your cruise. In addition, the summer months can get busy as the kids are out of school, meaning that this is the perfect time of the year to cruise for families.
If you're looking for better value for money and less crowds then you should look at taking a Hawaii cruise between September to mid December and April to June as these are the less popular times. However, due to the lower demand at these times of year, you may find that there are less cruise lines to choose from and fewer shore excursions to enjoy.
Hawaiin food is all about fresh ingredients and big flavours, something you'll get to experience during your Hawaii cruise. One of the most famous dishes to come out of this part of the world, popular amongst both locals and visitors, is Poke. Made using simple yet tasty ingredients, including tunas, sesame seeds and seaweed, this dish will get your taste buds tingling. If you like Poke, then you'll also love Lomi Lomi salmon, a raw fish dish made by salting salmon and massaging it gently with onions, tomatoes and chilli. Alternatively, for those looking for some local comfort food, a burger patty topped with gravy and fried egg on a bed of rice will satisfy your needs.
However, it isn't just the food that will get you excited about being in Hawaii. Fruity cocktails, fresh, tropical smoothies and pineapple iced tea are all on the menu if you need a refreshing drink to help wash down your meal.
During your Hawaii cruise you'll get to visit some of the most beautiful scenery in the world and discover the secrets of these Pacific Islands' volcanic past. While you're here, you can choose to hike around and get up close and personal with the natural beauty of Hawaii, explore local life in the towns, discover what's beneath the ocean surface or simply enjoy island life with good food and a drink in hand.
In addition, if you'd like Hawaii to just be the start of your cruising experience then why not discover the entire globe on a world cruise? If you're looking to explore other exotic islands, meanwhile, then a tempting alternative is a Caribbean cruise.
Whether you want to ride on horseback through secret valleys, climb volcanoes in the National Park, learn to scuba dive or surf, simply stroll along the sun-drenched sands, indulge in a little retail therapy or take a relaxing swim in the tropical lagoons, a Hawaii cruise is the ideal holiday destination for you. Each of the stunning Islands has something different to offer you, so why not maximise your Pacific experience by taking superb shore excursions to discover their hidden gems?
Honolulu is the gem of Oahu, in the Hawaiian archipelago, with a beautiful setting backed by cliffs and the extinct volcanoes of Punchbowl. While you're here, popular excursions include getting up close and personal with the wildlife by swimming with dolphins or whale watching. If you'd rather stay on dry land, the Polynesian Cultural Centre provides an interesting insight into life in Hawaii, as well as the culture and history of the islands.
On Big Island, you'll have the opportunity to explore Hilo, the flower capital of Hawaii. This beautiful, colourful city is full of sleepy streets and charming wooden-fronted shops where you'll be able to stop for a drink and a bite to eat in one of the cafés along the way or a spot of retail therapy. Recommended excursions include a lava viewing hike and a soaring helicopter tour of the Circle of Fire and waterfalls.
Maui has the perfect combination of active pursuits, laid-back activities and culture to suit every cruiser. Whale watching from Maui is a real highlight, while for the more active, a wave surfing lesson is a once in a lifetime opportunity. A visit to Kahului on the north shore of Maui is also highly recommended. The home to Hawaiian Kings and Queens, you can explore this charming old town and visit the town square dominated by the phenomenal Bayan Tree.
This lush garden isle has unbeatable panoramic views and some dramatic attractions, such as Waimea Canyon and a 50-feet water spouting geyser. For an unforgettable view of this, take the Heaven and Earth helicopter tour from Nawiliwili. Kauai is also known to have some of the best food in Hawaii, so don't miss out on the chance to try traditional dishes including Poke and Lomi Lomi salmon.
Nestled at the bottom of Hualalai volcano, and near Kealakekua Bay, Kailua Kona was the playground of kings in ancient times and by taking a tour of the city you can see the palace, church and temple for yourself. Alternatively, if you'd like to experience the natural beauty of Hawaii first hand, go on an adventure on the cloud forest botanical walk. Before you leave, wind down after a day of exploring by checking out some of the most incredible beaches in Hawaii.