Vacationing in Hawaii: A Brief Guide

November 6, 2010 by  
Filed under Hawaii Travel

Hawaii is the place to go for those wanting to take a vacation especially during the winter months. There are many reasons why Hawaii is the go to destination for people. The most cited reason being the beaches that the island has to offer. So for those that are wanting to spend their vacation on a beach basking in the sun, then they should take the time to make sure that they choose the beach that is best for them, as they all have something different to offer. It is best if you use a current traveler’s guide to Hawaii to find out just what is going on that will be up your alley and when you should schedule your visit.

BEST BEACHES IN HAWAII

The following is a list of five of the beaches in Hawaii, they are not rated in numerical order for what is the best, however they are just listed. In fact, these may not be the top five beaches of some guides, however, they are five beaches that seldom disappoint anyone and that people most often recommend to their friends and family who adventure to the island.

1. Wailea Beach in South Maui

This is popular the most widely popular beach in the area and because of this is often crowded. However, despite being crowded people have the times of their lives with basking in the sun, swimming and snorkeling. There are also three great hotels and one spa nearby for guests to enjoy.

2. Hulopoe Beach on Lanai

This beach is widely known to attract dolphins, which makes it the perfect getaway for those wanting to sneak a peak at some wildlife.

3. Kaanapali Beach near Lahaina on Maui

This beach is yet another busy place, however is perfect for those that like to partake on activities that require groups. There are three places to stay that are associated with this beach that will require hardly any traveling to enjoy the beach and may only require that you step out your back door.

4. Punaluu Beach Park in Kau on Hawaii

This beach is most notably known for its sea turtles that also share the sand with tourists. This is a great beach to visit if you have a fascination with sea turtles or want to be near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. However, be sure that you take care to not disturb the sea turtles as it truly is their beach.

5. Lumahai Beach on the North Shore of Kauai

This is the beach that is featured most when people see movies or articles about Hawaii, this makes sense because this is one of the most beautiful beaches that Hawaii has to offer, however, it is not ideal for swimming because the water is rough and considered highly dangerous for people, plus it is a bit chillier water than other areas.

WINTER ACTIVITIES

Since there are so many people that tend to fly south for the winter since Hawaii’s winter is much less severe than other places given that the average low is around 78 degrees, people automatically wonder what types of activities are available during the winter in Hawaii. Lucky for these people, there are many events and festivals that people can choose to take part of that are full of fun and will guarantee to give you a vacation of a lifetime and will more than likely leaving you want to travel to Hawaii over and over again.

The Triple Crown of Surfing

This event is located in Oahu, Hawaii held during early November and December. There are three events that last around four days and each event has a separate category for men and women. At the end of the events, a champion surfer is announced. Each competition is held at a different beach to account for varying degrees of surfing difficulty by bigger waves. This is a great competition to watch for those that love surfing, which many consider to be an art form and a show of tremendous physical agility.

World Invitation Hula Festival

The World Invitation Hula Festival is held in Honolulu, Hawaii and is held during a weekend in November. It first started in 1991. It is a celebration in which artists from sixteen different countries attend and focus on the culture of Hawaii, including dance, language, music and costume. These aspects of the culture are demonstrated throughout the days of the festival and give visitors a chance to fully understand the different culture items that Hawaii is immersed in. In each cultural category an award is given to the best artist for their rendition of the aspect. This is an excellent cultural experience for everyone, but especially children as they will not only have great memories, but they learn something as well.

Kona Coffee Cultural Festival

This festival is held in Kona – Big Island, Hawaii during the first ten days of November. What makes this festival so unique is that it is the only coffee related festival in the United States, since Hawaii is the only place that has the climate to grow coffee and Kona coffee is considered to be the best of the best out there. During the festival there are things such as coffee tasting, educational workshops, lantern parades, the Little Miss Kona Coffee Berry Pageant, and probably the most exciting aspect is the coffee picking race in which a winner is announced. One winner from this contest was recorded at picking twenty-three pounds of beans in three minutes, an amazing rate to say the least.

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