I have not been to Hawaii myself, but I know that it is a beautiful tropical island much like the Philippines,’ and is known for its surfing spots, sacred volcanoes, and other breathtaking spots, many with sacred and cultural importance to Hawaiians. The craters of some volcanoes can be visited, and this is what I look forward to when I get to see Hawaii one day.
For now, I am sharing what a contributor for this blog wrote about Hawaii below:
The Hawaiian archipelago is made up of eight major islands right in the heart of the Pacific Ocean. There are numerous atolls, bays, and inlets that attract the majority of visitors who look forward to long sunny days on the beach as well as enjoy countless hours of water sports. Hawaii is indeed magical, although many people think Hawaii is overrated. However, where else would one find fiery water, white sand beaches, and tropical drinks under rainbow trees? The sun-drenched Hawaiian environment is as diverse as its people. It’s easy to find accommodations, too. Hawaii beachfront homes, for example, are the most sought after among holidaymakers for the special lifestyle options and amenities they offer.
Here are some of the most beautiful and amazing spots in Hawaii you should consider when you visit:
The Seven Sacred Pools
Haleakala National Park stretches from the crater’s summit in the Kipahulu Valley. More than seven pools get made when the water levels are up, hence the name, the Seven Sacred Pools. Many of the pools are open to swimming when water levels are safe. The Seven Sacred Pools Trail is a heavily trafficked loop trail located near Hana and is suitable for all skill levels. Primarily, the trail is used for hiking, walking, and birding. The region boasts of lush vegetation and beautiful ocean views. You can pick your own spot and enjoy a picnic lunch after cooling off in one of these pools.
Bamboo Forest, Haleakala National Park, Maui
One finds East Maui the most dramatic and full of waterfall hikes. There is a lush green diversity of the tropical rainforest in Haleakala that suddenly changes into an immense bamboo forest. The trail through the bamboo forest is safe, and you are likely to meet a other tourists making their way to the more famous sacred pools below. The verdant cliffs are covered with bamboo and prehistoric-looking ferns that melt into the postcard-perfect Hawaiian rainforest. The scene of the Tarzan-worthy jungle is simply breathtaking. The bamboo gets thicker, and one can hear the hollow percussive sounds of bamboos that strike one another.
Waiahuakua Sea Cave
Waiahuakua Sea Cave is second in the list for the longest sea caves in the world. More than a thousand feet long, there is a separate entrance and exit for the dark, otherworldly but beautiful cave. Also known as the Double-Door Cave, a lively waterfall gushes through a gap in its ceiling. It is noted as one of the best sea caves in the world and what adds to its charm is the secret waterfall inside and the vibrant waters. The cave gives one a “Pirates of the Caribbean” experience indeed!
Honokohau Falls are the tallest waterfalls and the right way to see those falls are via a helicopter. The falls are actually not easy to access on foot as they are located in an inaccessible valley in the Maui Mountains towards the West. The extraordinary waterfall seems to have come out right from the movie ‘Jurassic Park’ because of its exotic location and beauty. Named after the Honokohau stream, the region gets frequent rains. The two-layered waterfalls are difficult to access on foot, though. The view from the helicopter offers stunning views of the sparkling white waterfall among the emerald mountains.
Waimea Canyon, located on the West Side of Kauai is referred to as “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific.” The geological wonder in Hawaii Stretches about 14 miles long and is more than 3,500 feet in height. Get ready for panoramic views of deep valley gorges, rugged crags, and crested buttes. The geographic marvel is made of lush green foliage and tall cliffs with rich bursts of colors. Millions of years ago, the Waimea River and the volcanic activity carved out the mini canyon. There are a number of trails to traverse for beginners as well as seasoned hikers alike.
Like other Hawaiian volcanoes, Kīlauea Volcano was formed as the Pacific tectonic plate shifted over the Hawaiian hotspot. The volcano is still quite young for a Hawaiian volcano at almost 600,000 years old. The youthful volcano sits on the southeast side of Mauna Loa volcano and is among the most active volcanoes not just in Hawaii but also in the world. Enjoy the Crater Rim Drive that circles the Kilauea Caldera and the drive takes you to other main attractions such as Halemaumau Crater, Kilauea Iki Crater, Thurston Lava Tube and Thomas A. Jaggar Museum.Be well prepared, especially if you are going on a camping trip to Kīlauea Volcano. Take food and water along and dress appropriately, and most importantly, do take your camera along to capture some amazing shots.
Thurston Lava Tube
Located on Big Island, Thurston Lava Tube was formed about 350 and 500 years ago. It is named after a newspaper publisher, Lorrin Thurston, who played a major role in developing the park. Lava tubes get created when the outer surfaces of a lava stream cool and solidify while towards the interior, the molten lava continues to ﬂow, thus making a cave like a shell. Those lava tubes turn the molten earth toward the ocean like veins. Once you enter the damp dark world of a lava tube, it is indeed a fascinating experience. Make sure to carry a strong flashlight along.