Hawaii cruises: what to do

Hawaii cruises: what to do

Hawaii is one of those places that always appears in our mind when we think of a paradise vacation. A cruise through this part of the world is not possible, it is also an unforgettable experience.

Hawaii is part of the Polynesian islands , being one of the most recent states in the US. Composed of hundreds of islands, we already have 8 key destinations. A cruise that will allow us to take the best photos, bathe in spectacular beaches and soak up the culture of these islands and their inhabitants.

We can say that its tropical climate, its landscape diversity and its attractions, from postcard beaches to large volcanoes, make Hawaii in everyone’s mind for a unique vacation. On a Hawaii cruise we will have the opportunity to see all this and more.

Hawaii cruise routes

We can find endless Hawaiian cruises that depart from the US, in cities like San Diego, Los Angeles or San Francisco. These cruises usually include four or five days on the island and several days of navigation. However, if we have more time, it may be advisable to make longer crossings; And there are many interesting stops we can make.

What can we do in Hawaii?

In a journey through Hawaii we will think of surfing, typical cuisine and contrasts in each of its landscapes such as those found in Kauai, the green island or Maui, the island famous for its pineapple plantations. We can not forget, in addition, the large number of volcanoes, many of them active, and the spectacular and dense jungles or large mountains and cliffs.

One of the essential islands is Oahu , where we find the state capital, Honolulu. This town is an American financial center that contrasts sharply with the natural character of the islands. A city with large glazed skyscrapers and crowded beaches of people like Waikiki. On the north coast, for example, we can find other quieter and very well qualified to practice one of the national sports, the suf. Do not forget others like Waimea Bay or Sandy Beach.

If we stop and have several days, we have to visit areas like Pearl Harbor , where we can still see the remains of the Japanese attack during World War II.

Another interesting activity is the visit of the crater of an ancient extinct volcano , also take some photos from the Nu Uanu Pali viewpoint, which will give us beautiful views over the valley and the nearby mountains.

On the Big Island of Hawaii we are going to find two quite recurring ports of call on Hawaii’s cruise routes. On the one hand Hilo, on the other Kailua Kona . On this island the main attraction was the Kilauea volcano . However, taking into account the activity of the last months, it is something that no tourist should have in mind.

Kailua Kona is the place preferred by tourists to practice water sports such as snorkeling or diving. Crystal clear waters and volcanic seabed full of beings that seem to be taken from another planet.

In Maui is the port of call of Lahaina . This place is famous for its pineapples and sugar cane. In addition, it also has spectacular beaches such as Kaanapali, they say it is the best beach in the US, so it is worth visiting. In addition, there is also the Haleaka National Park, with beautiful mountains and landscapes that will not go unnoticed. As for Lahaina, it is a charming town where we can see how one lives in a typical place.

Finally point out Kauai , one of the most amazing islands. The green island or the garden island, something that already tells us that we are going to see a lot of green and a lot of nature in its purest form.

Landscapes of mountains from the air or coasts such as Na Pali, Waimea Canyon, as well as places such as Waialeale Crater will complete the visit to one of the most exotic places in the world, Hawaii.


I have been passionate about cruising for many years. My first cruise was a Royal Caribbean on Liberty of the Seas. Many others have followed since then, now also with our children. Cruiselines I traveled with entail Royal Caribbean, Costa Crociere, MSC, Mein Schiff (tui cruises) and Norwegian Cruise Line as well as a one-week river cruise from St. Petersburg to Vologda and back in Russia. Hope you enjoy this blog and get some practical hints! Feel free to leave any comments and contact me. Keep on cruising! Markus

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