With their fiery volcanoes, palm-fringed beaches, verdant valleys, wonderful rainbows and incredible cliffs, the islands of Hawaii boast much of the most amazingly gorgeous scenery in the world. Regardless of their seclusion, 2 thousand miles out in the Pacific, they belong very definitely to the United States. Drawing in more than seven million tourists each year, the fiftieth state can appear at times like a gigantic amusement park.
Honolulu, on Oahu, is by far the largest city in Hawaii, while Waikiki, its resort annexe, is the main tourist centre. Three other islands attract large numbers of visitors: Hawaii itself, known as the Big Island in a vain effort to prevent confusion, Maui and Kauai. All the islands share a comparable topography and environment. Ocean winds shed their rain on their northeast, windward coastlines, keeping them damp and green; the southwest, leeward (or “Kona”) coastlines can be almost barren, therefore make ideal areas for big resorts. While temperature levels continue to be consistent all year at in between 70 ° F and 85 ° F, rains is heaviest from December to March, which nonetheless continues to be the most popular time to visit. Although a visit to Hawaii doesn’t have to cost a fortune, the one significant expense you cannot prevent, other than perhaps on Oahu, is car hire.