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Top spots to visit in Hawaii – the jewel of the Pacific Ocean

Hawaii, a chain of volcanic islands situated around 3,200km off the coast of mainland America, is a holiday destination with a difference. Whether you’ve come to party or to experience some of the world’s most unique natural landscapes, Hawaii has something to offer everyone.

Beach life

Some of America’s best beaches can undoubtedly be found in Hawaii; there are a number of vast stretches to choose from, whether you are looking for a serene spot or a beach with full entertainment and water sports. Perhaps one of the dreamiest beaches of the Hawaiian Islands is Kaanapali, which is situated on the second-largest island of Maui. Being a chain of volcanic islands, Hawaii is also home to several stretches of black sand beaches – a rare and enchanting experience for those who haven’t felt volcanic sand between their toes before. Be sure to visit Punalu’u Black Sand Beach, Hawaii’s most famous black sand beach and arguably one of the most magnificent in the world.

Hawaii’s beaches are home to some amazing and dramatic backdrops, which have inspired many a Hollywood movie; the movie Godzilla was partially filmed across several Hawaiian beaches, and Johnny Depp’s classic, The Pirates of the Caribbean, was shot on neighbouring island Kauai, in the caves of Waikapala’e.

What to do at night

Hawaii is a fantastic place for entertainment and nightlife. Capital city Honolulu has it all – from the island’s hottest bars and restaurants to some of its wildest nightclubs. Most night-time venues are in the infamous district of Waikiki, which can get pretty lively at weekends. Furthermore, Waikiki is conveniently situated on the coast to the south-east of the city, where the majority of the island’s major hotels are located.

A district that is synonymous with glitz and glamour, Waikiki is also home to several casinos. Honolulu, famous for its high-rise skyline, is no small island resort; its casinos enjoy a huge range of games that would rival many big mainland casinos, as well as some of the best online casinos in the world. Although much of Hawaii is infamous for its laid-back nature and style, nightclubs and casinos in Waikiki can be fairly upmarket places where guests aren’t afraid to dress up to the nines!

Natural splendour

Of course, no visit to the Aloha State would be complete without seeing its breathtaking volcanoes. The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park contains two active volcanoes, Kilauea and Mauna Loa. While Kilauea is the world’s most active, Mauna Loa is one of its largest, so any visit to the park is sure to provide a once in a lifetime experience, along with some dramatic landscapes. It’s possible to stay within the Park, with both camping and lodging facilities on site. For those that have the time to stay and explore, there are a number of excursions and trips one can take to experience the true beauty of these volcanoes – both day and night. The Park is also home to some highly unusual flora and fauna, with species that only exist within the proximity of active volcanoes. Be sure to look out for those as, like much of what you will find in Hawaii, many of them are totally unique to the islands.