We’re off to the Hawaiian Islands! This tropical paradise can be anything you want it to be, from rejuvenation and cultural experiences, to, high-energy adventure. Travelers of all types can experience a range of things to see and do on all islands amid spectacular scenery in a region where natural wonders are right at your fingertips.
Looking for relaxation and rejuvenation or high-energy adventure? Look no further than Hawaii – a top place to unwind and be inspired by Hawaii’s spectacular scenery and natural wonders.
The islands of Aloha have some great options for every day of your vacation. Oahu, Kauai, Maui, Molokai, and Hawaii (also known as The Big Island), have their own character and different landscapes. It’s easy to fly or cruise between the islands so you can experience more than one during your stay.
The Hawaiian Islands are home to a diverse range of experiences, from whale watching, snorkeling and surfing, to witnessing an active volcano, hiking the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, and driving the spectacular Hana Highway – Hawaii is a tropical paradise, complete with a laid-back Polynesian lifestyle.
Famed golf architects have designed sensational courses featuring scenic settings by the ocean with lava fixtures, and helping to make Hawaii one of the world’s top golf destinations with a new course on every island.
Spas with natural Hawaiian treatments, yoga retreats, sunrise hikes and relaxing at your beautiful resort add to the rejuvenation of a Hawaii vacation.
These islands are just right for a family getaway with plenty to keep every generation busy. Be sure to check out this month’s Top Ten list to learn why families love Hawaii.
Discover Hawaiian culture and history for a real appreciation of the islands and their people. You’ll also come across numerous cultural events, historic sites, music and dance during your stay. The Spirit of Aloha is an enriching part of your Hawaiian vacation.
Arrive home refreshed and rejuvenated after an inspiring vacation like no other. Whatever your interests and whoever you are traveling with, Hawaii can give you a unique balance of activity and relaxation.
Looking for inspiration for your Hawaiian getaway? Our On Location partner Worldstar, and Hotel Partner, Hyatt are here with all the details you need to plan your trip.
Cary Math, Operations Supervisor for Worldstar destination management fills you in on the latest in Hawaii travel.
Q: What makes Hawaii so special for visitors?
Each island has its own unique personality and is a separate vacation. Where else can you have 4 vacations in one?
Q: What services and tours do you offer?
We offer excursions, transfers and rental cars from economy to SUV’s; vans to convertibles on all islands. We also provide custom and private excursions including ’create your own excursion’. My favorite tours are ziplining (available on all islands), whale watching (in season), and on Hawaii, the Twilight Volcano tour, Manta night snorkel (absolutely amazing), and the Mauna Kea summit and stars (going up to 14,000 feet above sea level, see the observatories and watch sunset as well as star gaze.)
Q: What tours do you recommend for families?
Most land, sea and air tours, and activities are great for children of all ages. Premier on the islands is whale season – from December 15 to May 15 every year, Humpback whales migrate from the Alaskan Waters to the warm Waters of Hawaii. A Pearl Harbor excursion is also a must-see – it is the number one visited spot in the State of Hawaii, full of history and awe. Another must-do is a luau – an evening feast and show in the traditional Hawaiian way.
Q: Tell us about your excursions to see the Mt. Kilauea eruption?
We offer many excursions as it is one of the most popular things to see in Hawaii. The all-day Twilight Volcano tour features an incredible range of ecosystems and climate zones before experiencing first-hand the phenomenon that makes it possible – an erupting volcano. You’ll also witness the awesome power of lava as it enters the ocean at sunset. Helicopter rides are another great way to experience the power of Kilauea.
Q: What’s new in Hawaii destination weddings?
What makes Worldstar Hawaii unique is that we provide the total experience of the Hawaiian culture and ensure that it is woven into the couple’s special day. Weddings can be performed throughout the Hawaiian Islands.
We offer the most intimate and remote locations for weddings. Our local wedding specialist is in touch with all of the best locations that are unique and memorable. Destination Hawaii even provided the right spot for a non-traditional wedding in the ocean on a sand bar surrounded by water!
We caught up with Ellen Schuster, Director of Global Luxury, Lifestyle & Leisure for Hyatt Sales Force, to find out about Hyatt’s Hawaiian resorts.
Q: Tell us about the special features and family-friendly amenities Hyatt brings to its Hawaiian resorts.
Hyatt Resorts in Hawaii is where ’Aloha’ is more than just a greeting – it’s a way of life. Our resorts on Kauai, Oahu and Maui offer unique programs, family-friendly amenities and Hawaiian cultural experiences.
Q: What are some of the Hawaiian treatments available at the spas?
From aromatherapy employing tropical Hawaiian scents, to the Hawaiian lomilomi spa treatment in a beautiful garden setting, our spas offer unique, rejuvenating treatments. At Kamaha’o Spa in the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa, experience our Ali’I Indulgence – deeply relaxing healing treatment created with mineral-rich organic clay and Hawaiian coffee fruit extract to deeply cleanse and detoxify. Includes a full-body brushing, the use of pohaku, hot stone, and our Hawaiian facial refresher for complete relaxation.
Q: Tell us about golf at your resorts.
Whether you are looking for a challenge or to simply practice your swing, our resorts feature golf for you including famed championship courses. Ask about the Royal Package (7-days unlimited golf, range and rental club use at a special price) available at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa featuring the renowned Ka’anapali Golf Courses.
Q: Describe some of the settings at Hyatt’s Hawaii hotels for destination weddings.
We offer wonderful wedding packages at all of our beautiful resorts in Hawaii with ceremonies taking place at these spectacular venues:
There’s nothing like sharing time with the whole family on an adventure away from home, and Hawaii is the perfect place to do it! Read on for some serious travel inspiration.
Hike to the top of Diamond Head, Waikiki’s iconic volcanic cone; cycle down Haleakala, Maui’s largest Volcano; take a look at Kilauea’s active lava flows, walk through Thurston Lava Tube and learn all about it at the visitor’s centers of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
Across its rain forest, valleys and beaches, this unique cattle ranch has everything from an ancient Hawaiian fishing pond, to a zipline, plus it has been the site for numerous TV shows and movies, including Pearl Harbor and Hawaii Five-O. Take a tour on ATV or horseback and gaze at a white-sand beach with hammocks, do some water sports, go on catamaran rides and more.
The Polynesian Cultural Center on Oahu is a good place to start discovering the beautiful culture of Hawaii. You can also wear a flower Lei and learn the Hula at the Bishop Museum in Honolulu, enjoy dance and music displays at hotel dinner shows and Luaus, have a traditional feast cooked in an underground oven, and take advantage of the many opportunities to learn about the culture of the islands.
The Hawaiian cultural programs and children’s activities make Hyatt a good choice for families. Hotels and resorts on all the main islands offer Family Ocean Suites and other spacious accommodation. On Maui, there’s a half-acre pool with waterfalls, slides and a separate sand-bottom children’s lagoon while other resorts have their own water wonderland, scuba lessons, kayaking and more!
Staying at Waikiki Beach puts you close to the Hawaii Children’s Discovery Center, an interactive museum designed to inspire kids to explore, discover, imagine and dream; the Honolulu Zoo where you’ll see mammals, reptiles and birds including many endangered species and the award-winning Waikiki Aquarium, next to a living coral reef, with 3,500 marine animals!
Humpback whale-watching tours take families close to the action, as the Whales spout, breach and slap in the warm Hawaiian waters. They start arriving in October and sightings peak in the late winter and early spring. The Maui Whale Festival runs every February with talks with scientists, concert cruises, a whale count and film festival.
Cruising is a great travel-style for families, taking passengers to several islands during cruises to Hawaii from the west coast of North America. NCL’s Pride of America sails year-round, with seven-night itineraries from Honolulu calling at Oahu, Kauai, Maui, and The Big Island of Hawaii. With nearly 100-hours in port during the week, you’ll have plenty of time to explore ashore no matter which option you choose.
With so many beautiful beaches, it’s easy for people of all ages to have fun in Hawaii. Paddle in the shallow water and build sand castles with your little ones on Waikiki Beach, while teens try surfing, outrigger canoeing, and Banana Boat rides. Around the islands you’ll find stand-up paddle boarding, jet skiing, parasailing, snorkeling and more, with lessons readily available to help you get started.
The Hawaiian Islands are spectacular and offer a range of hikes for people of all ages, including the breathtaking scenery on the trails Kauai – one of the best hiking spots in Hawaii. Families can also trek the trails of Waimea Canyon, the NaPali Coast, and the Kuilau Ridge Trail.
In Hawaii, your home away from home can be a spacious, well-equipped condo or villa with all the rooms and facilities you and your family could want! Maui’s ocean-front condo communities are very popular, featuring family units for every budget, while lavish and luxurious villas are perfect for large groups looking for exotic locales and epic facilities.
Spectacular landscapes, great food, resort-style services, and all the details taken care of – it’s no wonder cruising is a natural choice for family vacations. With plenty of time to spend together onboard the luxury cruise ship and on the islands of Hawaii, this is a great choice for travelers of all ages.
Cruise ships sailing to Hawaii have some great vacation options for families. Dine in a variety of restaurants with kids' menus, be entertained all day long with a range of activities, and retreat to comfortable staterooms. This laidback lifestyle frees you to focus on enjoying time together, without the stresses of day-to-day life at home.
Your Hawaiian ports of call are spectacular, and arriving by ship gives you a panoramic view of the islands as you sail in. Breakfast on your balcony is also a great way to start the day.
Many lines feature family-friendly day-trips with reduced pricing for young cruisers, and it’s a great way to spend time with your kids and make memories they’ll never forget.
Family-friendly daytrips include:
Whether you sail from the west coast with several sea days to enjoy your ship before and after your Hawaiian adventure, or you sail one of Pride of America's seven-night cruises from Honolulu, you are in for an extra-special multigenerational experience on your Hawaii cruise.
Tempting dishes from our featured destinations give you a taste of local culture. From succulent roasts to exotic spicy fare and some divine desserts, you’re sure to find plenty of delicious recipes to try at home.
Holland America Line is teaming up with America’s Test Kitchen to offer an enticing selection of live onboard cooking shows and hands-on workshops where guests will learn foolproof techniques and user-friendly recipes to make delectable dishes with confidence.
Each month we’re showcasing our cruise partners to bring you the latest on the cruise line and their ships. With different cruising styles and a variety of ships to choose from, you’ll find these profiles helpful for selecting the cruise that’s right for you.
Appealing to the sense of adventure of our discerning guests, Crystal offers a collection of worldwide voyages boasting an impressive collection of exotic destinations that invite all travelers to explore the world and all its wonders.
From Aitutaki in the Cook Islands to Sibenik on the Dalmatian Coast, these little-known destinations are a mere sampling of ports of call, both popular and undiscovered, which create enriching itineraries that both surprise and delight all world travelers—both young and those young at heart.
Crystal Symphony’s Seabreeze Deck 9 will welcome two new suite categories — Seabreeze Penthouse Suites (SS) and Seabreeze Penthouses (SH) — each offering the same square footage as the ship’s current penthouse categories, but with cutting-edge enhancements that herald of things to come: large, luxury showers with body jets instead of bathtubs, and a unique entryway connecting two Seabreeze Penthouses to create a seamless, accommodation for families and friends.
From its award-winning fare of Michelin-level envy to hosting Nobu Matsuhisa’s only sea-going restaurants, the Evolution of Crystal Luxury promises more dining experiences to tempt the most discriminating palates, with the added luxury of menu enhancements at Prego; family style, Chinese-inspired al fresco dining at Silk; and open seating, too.
New venues aboard both ships will include Marketplace, a gorgeous social space for dining and conversation by day, turned Brazilian steakhouse — Churrascaria — by night; a contemporary new specialty Asian restaurant called Silk; and a rebranded main dining room named Waterside, perfectly set to usher in “dine as you desire” open seating.
Now, more than ever, you’ll savor even more choices with Crystal.
Day into night, time is yours to design exactly as you wish aboard the World's Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line. From active pursuits to sublime escapes, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity are destinations unto themselves, overflowing with enriching all-inclusive activities and amenities to suit virtually any interest, any time.
By day, complimentary choices range from fitness, yoga and PGA-hosted golf instruction to ballroom dancing, art workshops and topical seminars on world affairs. Optional indulgences include an award-winning spa and private wellness programs.
By night, enjoy Michelin star-inspired dining including Nobu's only sea-going restaurants, Broadway-style entertainment, piano bars, dance clubs, movie theaters and more – all included. Or make a date with Lady Luck at the Resorts World at Sea Casino or a reservation in the Vintage Room.
With its acclaimed children's programs and activities, Crystal® is the luxury operator best suited for the family market.
Both ships feature a fully supervised Junior Activities program for kids between the ages of 3 and 17 on Holiday voyages and nearly all summer sailings, each with dedicated play areas for both young kids and teens. Children are supervised during their activities with the Junior Activities Directors, and children with parents’ permission are free to come and go as they please. The Junior Activities program is not intended to be utilized as a babysitting service or daycare facility. Children under the age of the 3 must be supervised by a parent or guardian at all times.
Fantasia welcomes children ages 3-12, with games, crafts, popular Sony PlayStation® and Xbox 360™ kiosks and large-screen televisions, board games and personal computers with entertainment and education. A video arcade at Waves keeps teens ages 13-17 entertained as well. The Library offers a selection of children's books and videos for in-room viewing; children can also see recently released films in The Hollywood Theatre.
From free unlimited Wi-Fi to a dedicated guest Internet portal and an industry-first showing of premiere and Oscar-nominated movies, Crystal is evolving the personal travel experience to even greater realms with a number of exciting high-tech features.
State-of-the-art new technology includes SpeedNet accelerators aboard both ships that will double satellite speed, allowing for free, unlimited Wi-Fi available across all devices — laptops, tablets and smartphones. The elevated digital experience also debuts Crystal Connect™, an exclusive Internet portal and digital app featuring the ships’ daily newsletter and Newspapers Direct (international news services), and access to bookings for spa appointments, Crystal Adventures shore excursions, and more.
New interactive televisions in every stateroom and suite will offer current movies and popular TV series (new streaming video allows for viewing on personal mobile devices throughout the ship, too). The new TVs allow guests to order room service, watch a pre-recorded destination lecture, or enjoy a selection of videos representing Crystal’s various travel experiences.