People tend to be skeptical about these kinds of travel deals. I’ve had several people ask me: was buying the Go Oahu Card worth the money? The short answer is yes, the Go Oahu card is very much worth the money!
There’s so much more to a Hawaiian sunset than simply fire in the sky.
Sunsets here are community events where everyone seems to press pause, and strangers, friends, locals and visitors all share a fleeting moment together. Sunsets in Hawaii are exclamation points — orange crescendos in a visual symphony that plays throughout the day. They are calming, relaxing, inspiring and spellbinding — and often continue to improve in splendor long after the sun has set. They are attractions and events completely unto themselves, and choosing a place to catch the show is something of a tropical art. As you might expect of Hawaii’s largest island, the Big Island has no shortage of vantage points for watching nature’s performance. From snowcapped peaks to sugary shorelines to the southernmost point in the U.S., these are some of the best places to watch the sunset on the Big Island of Hawaii.
For the most part, Maui is touted as a tropical destination best known for its outdoor adventures. But Maui has a history that’s as fascinating as the beauty you’ll find outdoors. As we mentioned in our article, “10 Things You Never Knew About Maui,” the island has seen everything from French explorers to imperial Chinese revolutionaries. It was a 19th-century whaling center and the capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom, and home to nearly 1200 years of ancient Hawaiian history. So, if it’s rainy day or you simply love to learn while on vacation, here are the best museums on Maui for hearing the island’s tales.
Remember as a child being stuck at home without any means of transport? Sitting around, somewhat bored, knowing the outside world was inaccessible by a car you simply didn’t have? Luckily for travelers to the island Oahu, visiting Oahu without a car isn’t a recipe for boredom. In fact, between rental costs, parking fees, fuel and insurance, visiting Oahu without a car can be an economical choice. If, for example, you only want to surf and tan on famous Waikiki Beach, the hefty hotel parking fees can put a serious dent in your surf fund. For travelers who want to explore the island — but don’t want to rent a car — there are thankfully affordable and practical alternatives to driving yourself around town.
Luckily for travelers to the island Oahu, visiting Oahu without a car isn’t a recipe for boredom. In fact, between rental costs, parking fees, fuel, and insurance, visiting Oahu without a car can be an economical choice. If, for example, you only want to surf and tan on famous Waikiki Beach, the hefty hotel parking fees can put a serious dent in your surf fund. For travelers who want to explore the island—but don’t want to rent a car—there are numerous affordable and practical alternatives to driving yourself around town.
The best island to experience a luau on is Oahu, simply because you have a ton of choices. It’s also super easy to arrange transportation to and from the luau sites, as most companies will pick you up at most major hotels in downtown Honolulu or Waikiki. I opted for Germaine’s luau based on a friend’s recommendation, and took my photographer friend, Fidel, with me.
If you’ve read our article, “11 things you didn’t know about the Big Island of Hawaii,” then you already know that the island is larger than the other Hawaiian Islands combined. It’s the largest island in the United States, has the tallest mountains in the world and is even larger than the combined size of Delaware and Rhode Island.
So why is the Big Island so excessively large? Unlike the other Hawaiian Islands, the Big Island has five volcanoes, as opposed to only one or two. To ancient Hawaiians, each volcano had its own separate place in Hawaiian mythology and lore and, in modern Hawaii, each offers its own set of opportunities for adventure. Here is a guide to the Big Island’s five volcanoes.
Over 200 different species of fish call Molokini Crater home, and sometimes even manta rays and sharks pass through its deeper sections. This news isn’t exactly a secret, however, as snorkeling tours at Molokini are one of the most popular activities on Maui. Close to 1,000 people visit Molokini on the busiest days of the year. To help ensure your snorkeling experience is everything you’ve dreamt of and more, here are some tips for visiting Molokini Crater.
“If you could choose your last meal you ever ate, what would it be?” Ryan asked each of us as an ice breaker on the Honolulu Food Tour: Eat Like a Local. I normally hate questions like this, but strangely an answer popped into my head “Surf and turf for the main, and chocolate molten cake for dessert,” I answered. Just thinking about my last meal made me hungry, which was good as I soon found out that I would need a voracious appetite for this tour!
It’s the stereotypical image of paradise — toes in the sand, a light breeze in the palms and a fiery sunset slowly sinking through clouds flecked in orange and gold. Like the rest of its tropical Hawaiian neighbors, Oahu offers a light parade on the western horizon each night, where the whole island seems to collectively pause to watch the evening show. After all, sunsets in Hawaii aren’t merely an occurrence but revered events, where torches are lit and the last waves ridden as the beach comes alive with camera bulbs and the bellowing sound of the conch. That said, some of the best places to watch the sunset on Oahu are a bit more popular than others, and sometimes it’s nice to find your own little corner for sitting and watching the show.
The Big Island of Hawaii is not an island traditionally known for its surfing. When compared to its smaller Hawaiian neighbors such as Maui, Oahu and Kauai — where waves in winter can regularly reach over 40 feet in height — the Big Island of Hawaii is conspicuously absent from the surfing conversation. This, however, is not to say that there isn’t surf on the Big Island.