The fresh, floral air energizes you. The warm, tranquil waters refresh you. The breathtaking, natural beauty renews you. There’s no place on earth like Hawaii! Our Flightie Candice Jamieson shares her personal list of must-sees and dos in Hawaii.
Last month I had the opportunity to visit Honolulu and Maui with WestJet Vacations. Not only was I able to escape the winter, but I ended up in a paradise full of adventure! There were so many highlights and excursions, but here are some of my favourites, and things I think are musts while in Hawaii.
1. Go to a Luau
There is so much to experience in this one exciting night! Taste the local food (cooked in an underground pit oven) receive or even make your own lei, experience the entertainment, fire shows and hula dancing that amaze. This is more than just a party, it’s a luau!
2. Go to a local bar
Rather than staying at your hotel bar, or going to a bar filled with tourists, ask some locals where they hang out, and get an entirely different experience! We went to Dukes Beach Bar & Restaurant, which had a great view, cheap drinks, and amazing fish tacos.
3. Watch a sunset
We watched ours from Dukes, but Hawaii has some of the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets in the world. Find a beach, have a beer, stick your feet in the sand, and watch the sun sink beyond the horizon. PARADISE!
4. Climb the Diamond Head Volcano
A one hour hike is all it takes for one of the greatest Hawaiian experiences. Get an early start to make it there before the sunrise for an amazing view.
5. Visit Maui’s Famous Black Rock
Once the site of nightly tribal ceremonies, now you can watch them light the torch, dive off the cliff, then celebrate that days successes with ritual dances. After the ceremony, hang out with the locals, and the beautiful sunset.
Want to learn more about what Hawaii has to offer? Candice Jamieson is a Hawaii Specialist and Travel Consultant at our 17th Avenue location in Calgary, Alberta and can be reached by E-mail or by calling 1-866-772-2011.