Making your US bucket list? Don’t forget to include a trip to the picturesque islands of Aloha to experience a true heaven on earth feeling and get to know this amazing archipelago scattered in the Pacific Ocean.
Travel to Hawaii with ESTA visa
As the only state of the USA made up entirely of islands, it’s easy to get caught up in the idea of the island paradise awaiting you on the other side of the world but remember you’ll need to ensure you’ve got your US travel documents in order before jetting off and that includes organizing your, passport, , flights and accommodation as well as activities or excursions.
If it’s your first time in the State of Aloha and you’re not sure where to start, this guide should help you make the important decisions regarding holidays in Hawai’i and what not to miss!
And we’re sure you won’t want to make it your last! Luckily the US ESTA visa is valid for 2 years once it’s granted! That means that after receiving your approved ESTA via email, you’ll be able to travel to the USA for the next two years, as long as your passport remains valid for that period!
Why visit Hawaii?
The “Big Island” – Hawai’i
The main island in Hawai’i offers a plethora of incredible experiences in the most amazing settings on Earth. From Kilauea, one of the most active volcanoes in the world to the consequential black sand beach of Punalu’u, horseback riding through the picture-perfect Waipio Valley or be dazzled by the crystalline Hamakua coast waterfalls.
The “Valley Isle” – Maui
The second largest island is home to some of the most spectacular wilderness in the world including thick emerald rainforests sprinkled with thundering waterfalls. Visitors can choose from a range of exciting activities including snorkeling in the Molokini volcanic crater, horseback riding in Haleakala National Park or whale watching off the coast of the popular historical Hawaiian town of Lahaina.
The “Gathering Place” – O’ahu
Oahu is the vibrant nerve centre of Hawai’i, combining ancient and modern Hawaiian cultures with a growing population of new and traditional citizens, allowing for an incredible vacation spot where tourists can visit the idyllic beaches of Waimanalo, Kailua and Lanikai, hike up to the Koko Head Crater, pay respects at Pearl Harbor, kayak to the Mokulua Islands or enjoy the islands luxury restaurants, shopping, spas and golf courses.
The “Garden Isle” – Kaua’i
Abounding in deep green landscapes, Kaua’i is the best island for an outdoor adventure where travelers can take whale-watching boat tours, zipline across lush valleys, hike to waterfalls hidden deep in flourishing jungles, visit one of three Hawaiian National Tropical Botanical Gardens and horse ride or cycle through breath-taking natural landscapes.
The “Friendly Isle” – Moloka’i
Moloka’i is a great example of a simpler way of life where in one harbor town: Kaunakakai, there are no traffic lights, just markets offering the fishermen’s and farmers’ daily produce and where traveling on foot or even by mule is a regular occurrence. For an especially humbling experience, guided mule visits are available to the Kalaupapa settlement, once used as a remote Leprosy community. The well-known ‘friendly isle’ offers allure in the form of unspoiled valleys, mountains and coastlines to explore at a slower pace.
The “Pineapple Isle” – Lána’i
Only nine miles from Maui, Lána’i feels like a whole new world where travelers can find world-class luxury resorts with all the necessary facilities but also where true romantics can find their paradise. Couples can explore some of the island’s most beautiful treasures either by hiking, horse-riding or driving a 4×4 along the Munro or Koloiki Trail for spectacular panoramas through historic villages, secluded beaches and unique landmarks.
Finally, if you’re not convinced by the true stunning natural beauty the Hawaiian Islands have to offer, maybe just the simple, super friendly aloha spirit will make Hawaii your new favourite vacation destination. The hospitable Hawaiian character perfectly complements the laid-back lifestyle that people enjoy on the warm Pacific ‘aloha isles’.
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