Hawaii is the ultimate honeymoon and golden anniversary paradise with boutique hotels, lavish resorts, designer-crafted yachting, side-by-side luxury spas for couples, and ultimate romantic dinners for two amidst gorgeous sunsets and tropical gardens.
Explore Waimea Canyon with its narrow waterfalls and rivulets trickling through volcanic red mountainsides. Hike along ash-encrusted trails and the ghostlike bone-whitened relics of trees at the outskirts of Hawaii’s Volcanoes National Park. Snorkel in the serene lagoon waters of Kee Beach State Park. The Haleakala National Park covers an astonishing 27,284 acres, extending from the lush Waikamoi Cloud Forest to the sweeping martianscape expanse of the volcano Haleakala and its cinder cones. You will discover the famous silversword plant found nowhere else in the world, and a desert vista where the “Brocken Specter” rainbow appears like a mirage amidst dramatic clouds. Thousands of visitors every week hike to Kalapana to watch lava ooze across the coastal plain, then roll into the sea leaving huge clouds of steam and sprays of molten rock in its wake. Another spectacular refuge is the Kalaupapa National Historical Park with its dramatic sea cliffs and beautifully verdant valleys for the seasoned hiker. The stroll to reach Akaka Falls is almost as beautiful as the tumbling dramatic falls themselves – arching thickets of bamboo and fern, scarlet spikes of blooming heliconia, giant Ti plants, heavily perfumed delicate clusters of white and yellow ginger blossoms, hibiscus flowers, and split leaf philodendron. For the most spectacular cliff and valley formations in Hawaii, the breathtaking Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park is not to be missed. Na Pali’s narrow valleys are stacked ridges set like triangulated folds cutting into the terrain and ending abruptly at the sea. Countless waterfalls and swift flowing streams sweep through this region while the sea roars at the mouth of the mountainous rocky shoreline and outcrops.
Scuba with a school of ghostlike manta rays at Keauhou Bay or if you want to soujourn where lava rock and sand meet, wear protective shoes and clamber along the shorelines of Pupukea Beach Park. Extensive stone-walled terraces can still be found at the base of the valleys where Hawaiians once lived and cultivated taro. For the golfer, Hawaii holds some of the most beautiful resort golfing such as Nanea Golf Club designed by David McLay Kidd, overlooking a plummeting mountainside rising from the foaming seas. The rolling expanse of Kapalua Golf is home to the PGA Tour, and the emerald ocean oasis of Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course remains top-ranked in Golf Digest and GOLF magazine.
Let Travel Benefits By Design lead you through the paradise vacations of Hawaiian splendor.
March 1, 2016 6:28 pm