Formerly called the Sandwich Islands, the Hawaiian archipelago has many ingredients that lovers of travel and discovery love. And because everything in life is a question of point of view, here are the 10 landscapes not to be missed if you have the chance to land there one day.
1. Hanauma Bay on the island of Oahu
On this piece of paradise, wearing a mask is compulsory. Especially if you want to enjoy the view of the 300 species of fish splashing about in its turquoise waters right in the middle of the coral reefs. So we put on our diving mask to admire what is happening under our feet, trying not to annoy the fauna and flora that were there long before us.
2. The Red Sand Beach of Kaihalulu on the island of Maui
Traveling also means getting off the beaten track in order to discover places apart where we think that life is beautiful but not as good as what we have in front of our eyes. This is the case of Kaihalulu beach where the red of the sand contrasts with the turquoise blue of the ocean which licks the cinder cone of the surrounding cliffs. A spot that deserves.
3. The Waimea Canyon on the island of Kauai
Because people who work in tourism like to stick labels everywhere, they chose that of “Grand Canyon of the Pacific” for the Waimea Canyon. At least, we know immediately where we put our feet. Deep valleys, steep landscapes and a belvedere to take in this natural spectacle from above, the area also has the particularity of benefiting from a hot and dry climate while only 9km away is Mount Wai’ale’ale. , the wettest corner on Earth with no less than 12 meters of rainwater per year!
4. The Na Pali Coast on the island of Kauai
Gigantic lush cliffs plunging into the ocean, canyons succeeding dizzying ridges from which plunge natural waterfalls, it looks like the Na Pali Coast straight out of the Jurassic… minus the big lizards. That’s good since the area has served as a natural setting for many films, including Stephan Spielberg’s Jurassic Park in 1992!
5. Mauna Kea on the island of Hawaii
This dormant volcano for more than 4500 years culminates at 4207 meters above sea level… from its underwater base, which makes it one of the highest mountains in the world! Mauna Kea is mostly traveled by 4×4 on steep roads that wind up to its starry summit. It is indeed there that amateurs and specialists in astronomy come to observe the 5-star spectacle every evening in clear weather. During the day, it is the view of the immense sea of clouds that makes the gaze of the curious come to rest on this roof of the Pacific.
6. The summit of Haleakala on the island of Maui
Perched at 3055 meters above sea level, this dormant volcano houses at its summit a gigantic caldera, or if you prefer, a huge hole caused by the collapse of the upper part of the volcano’s cone. A place that is discovered at sunrise ideally at sunrise. Dawn’s changing interplay of sun, shadows and clouds creates a hypnotic dance of light and color on the crater floor. Yeah, how beautiful!
7. The Diamond Head on the island of Oahu
This is THE iconic ride to do from Honolulu. A hiking path allows you to reach the top of the crater with a magnificent view of the ocean, the city, the beaches of Waikiki, the Diamond Head lighthouse, and some surfers in the distance lying cushy on their board waiting for the big one . If you have the courage, take the walk in the morning, it is cooler there and you will avoid the crowd of 3000 visitors who come here on average every day to immortalize their smile at the top of Diamond Head.
8. Lanikai beach on the island of Oahu
It is regularly ranked among the most beautiful beaches in the world. Probably because in addition to having everything you need, where you need it, Lanikai beach manages to preserve its privacy thanks to its limited access by paths that protect it from human tides. An idyllic place, including at the end of the day to enjoy the sunset over Na Mokulua: the 2 islets facing the beach.
9. Kalalau Valley Lookout on Kaua’i Island
As its name suggests, the belvedere knows how to impress. For that, you will still have to climb up to 1200 meters above sea level and enjoy one of the craziest panoramas in Hawaii, renowned in particular for its repeated rainbows. Provide a good oilskin all the same.
10. Akaka Falls on Hawaii Island
The 2 Akaka waterfalls are among the most famous in Hawaii, no doubt because they are easy to access, children, the elderly or lazy people. A footpath crosses a lush but well-marked jungle to this gorge drawn in the hollow of a cliff where a waterfall flows about 135 meters high, which is still twice the height of Niagara Falls. Further on, a second waterfall hidden by the vegetation can also be approached by the curious.