Travel Tuesday: Heavenly Hawaii

Hawaii, the birth place of the 44th President of the United States Barack Obama, is a network of emerald Islands dotted through the crystal blue Pacific Ocean. Lying 2000 miles away from any continent, Hawaii is one of the few places left to find...

Hawaii, the birth place of the 44th President of the United States Barack Obama, is a network of emerald Islands dotted through the crystal blue Pacific Ocean. Lying 2000 miles away from any continent, Hawaii is one of the few places left to find unspoiled paradise. Hawaii is slurping juicy papayas with Hibiscus flowers in your hair, watching cavorting wales, surfing on cobalt blue waves, exploring fiery volcanoes or diving through coral reef cities to name but a few! Today at Love Home Swap we are bringing to you are top tips for heavenly Hawaii.

Big Island:

One of the most incredible landscapes on earth, Big Island has something for everyone, with 11 of the 14 known climate zones all in one place. From desert lavascapes to tropical rain forests to beautiful beaches and earth snow peaked volcanoes, Big Island is a site to be seen. With hundreds of great activities including hiking in the Pololu Valley, the Hilo farmers market and tropical Botanical gardens it is hard to know where to start. Our top tips are whale watching on the South Kona Coast and taking a terrifying stroll through the Hawaii active Volcano national park just 30 miles south of Hilo. The National Park encompasses 333,000 acres and stretches from sea level to the summit of the earth's most enormous volcano, Mauna Loa, 13,677 feet above sea level.

Kaanapali Beach:

With three miles of spotless white sand and crystal clear waters as far as the eye can see, it's no wonder why Kaanapali Beach has been named America's best beach. In West Maui, the local area is one of luxury and excess, the beach itself fronts Kaanapali's hotels and resorts that are frequented by the royalty of Maui. If there is one thing not to miss at Kaanapali it is the daily cliff diving ceremony that occurs at sunset every night. A cliff diver lights torches along the Black Rock and then dives into the water in a reenactment of a feat by Maui's revered King Kahekili.

Hula on Oahu:

If there is one thing that is unavoidable in Hawaii, its Hula. The uniquely Hawaiian dance is traditionally accompanied by a chant or song that preserves a story or tradition, normally accompanied by a drumming band. You can watch authentic Hula dancing throughout Oahu at competition like the international Waikiki Hula Conference, the King Kamehameha Hula Competition and the Prince Lot Hula Festival.

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