Hawaiian Cruises

Written by Sarah Provost
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Hawaiian cruises: the honeymooners' dream, the retiree's goal--and a great vacation with the kids, too! Whether your preference is to sightsee, snorkel or soak up the sun, Hawaiian cruises are the easiest and most pleasurable means to that end. Almost all the major cruise lines have Hawaiian itineraries, so you have plenty of options.

Hawaiian Cruises: Volcanoes to Mementos

Would you like to visit Haleakala National Park, climb to the top of the largest dormant volcano in the world and look down into its crater, 21-miles around? Then Maui's the spot for you. It's Oahu for shopping, golf and tourism in general: the two main cities, Waikiki and Honolulu, are devoted almost exclusively to the tourist trade.

The Kona coast, on the Big Island, is famous for its coffee plantations. But did you know it also offers some of the best fishing anywhere in the world? Kona lies on the leeward side of the island, so the weather is perfection, even by Hawaiian standards. And here you'll be able to visit villages where the life of the islanders is relatively untouched by tourism.

And don't miss Hilo--even though it's the wettest city in America! More than ten FEET of rain fall on Hilo each year, and even when it's not raining, the city is wrapped in mist and rainbows. But even the downpours are warm, and the temperature seldom falls below 70 degrees. And where else can you choose whether to surf on a green beach or a black one? Victorian houses, exquisite dining, and very reasonable prices make Hilo a "must" for Hawaiian cruises.

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