Hawaii is rated one of the most popular vacation destination for American travelers by Ask Doc Travel. The destination is also quite popular with American Express Vacations. But why? What makes this destination so wonderful? For those of us who have traveled to Hawaii, there are so many reasons to visit that we become muddled, answering only “What do you mean what’s so great about Hawaii?” Well, here are some things to keep in mind when you speak of the many wonders which make Hawaii such a popular destination.
Hawaii is comprised of eight islands. These islands are natural wonders that were created in the middle of the ocean by underwater volcanoes. As the magma from these volcanoes cooled, they hardened into rocks. These rock formations became the Hawaiian Islands. The volcanic phenomenon created Hawaii’s famous black sand beaches and the rich soil from which springs the islands lush vegetation. These main islands are Niihau, Kauai , Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe, Maui, and Hawaii. The island Hawaii is the largest, and is sometimes called the “Big Island” or “Big Isle”. This phenomenon created Hawaii’s famous black sand beaches and the rich soil from which springs the islands lush vegetation.
The climate of Hawaii is one more reason why these islands remain a popular vacation destination. The weather is more moderate than typical tropical areas because of the cooling effect of the surrounding ocean. In layman’s terms, this means that temperatures and humidity tend to be less extreme than places such as the Caribbean or Mexico. In the tourist high season, summer, the high temperatures reaching the upper 80s °F, rarely going into the 90s°F . During the tourist low season of winter, temperatures at the lowest elevation average in the mid-60s. One more reason that Hawaii is to be preferred is because hurricanes are a rare occurrence compared to Mexico and the Caribbean.
Compared to other tropical paradises, Hawaii is monitored by American safety and health regulations. Yes, its OK to drink the tap water! Also, you still have all the rights and protections of a United States citizen. Should anything go wrong, or if you or someone you are traveling with should suddenly need medical attention, you have access to regulated and state of the art care.
When people think of Hawaii, they think of the aquamarine water and clean sandy beaches. But why else should one experience Hawaii? Besides the amazingly pristine beach activities, Hawaii offers deluxe shopping that is reminiscent of Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, including couture boutiques such as Coach, Gucci, Tiffany’s and more. The islands are also rich in culture and history. One way to experience the beauty of Hawaiian culture is to attend an old fashioned luau. One of the best traditional luaus is Famous Germaine’s Luau in Kapolei Oahu. Take in some American History by visiting the infamous Pearl Harbor. With so much to see and do, you’ll never get bored.
There is one snag in this otherwise amazing destination: cost. Because Hawaii is an isolated island chain, everything is more expensive. And because Hawaii is the 50th American state, there is no lower currency exchange like in the Caribbean. Thankfully, there are a number of hotel and travel providers who offer different packages and accommodations. Although hotels and air flights can be on sale and are widely available, consumer products like food, souvenirs and sundries are expensive. Food for one person could cost between $50 to $100! Budgeting correctly is vital. One way to avoid expenses is by making sure you pack all the sundries you can think of, such as sunblock, lip balm, sunglasses and such.
However, when all is said and done, Hawaii can be a real home away from home and you’d be surprised how many American Express Travel Deals you can find to Hawaii. Hawaii is a top destination for a number of good reasons. There is no better place to go for a tropical vacation.
Virginia Morgan writes tourism and travel articles for AMT American Express Travel, The Internets premier resource for American Express Vacations. Serving luxury travelers online since 1996.