Hawaii may be the 50th state, but it is like no other place in America. Set with fiery volcanoes, lined by powdery beaches and encircled by warm blue seas, these captivating islands blend natural riches with a deep Polynesian heritage.
Even though it has been dropped into the Pacific Ocean some 2,500 miles away from the west coast of the United States, Hawaii is surprisingly accessible. Six hours will transport you from the urban bustle of California to Kauai, the oldest island in the Hawaiian chain where you can walk amongst tumbling waterfalls, rugged cliffs and green valleys draped in centuries-old rainforest.
Make Hawaii part of your plans for a luxury, tailor-made holiday and you could also find yourself soaking up the tropical glamour of Honolulu on Oahu, sunbathing on the world-famous Waikiki Beach or watching pro surfers take on massive waves at North Shore. Over on the Big Island, home of the sensational Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, you’ll find the world’s only ‘drive-in’ volcano.
Further south, Maui beckons with black, white and red sand beaches lapped by cobalt-blue waters, whilst neighbouring Lanai offers you playful spinner dolphins and tide pools carved out of volcanic rock. The last of Hawaii’s six major islands, Molokai remains relatively detached from the modern world, with residents that strive to preserve the traditional lifestyle of their ancestors.
As well as incomparable beaches, natural landscapes and majestic mountains, visitors to Hawaii can expect superlative hotels, American levels of service, superb shopping and a choice of impeccable golf courses.