Say Aloha to Hawaii

Monique Monsees, Cherrybrook Travel, Westleigh

One of the more popular destinations in recent times would have to be Hawaii. And with the golden beaches, the breathtaking volcanic scenery, the casual laid-back lifestyle so on par with the Australian way of life plus a tolerable 10 hour flight, what’s not to like?

Fares vary throughout the year and Hawaiian Airlines do bring out some great specials. But a ballpark price would be about $1100 per person return including taxes. If you want one of the other islands the price would be about $1250 per person.

As a travel agent, I’m often asked which is the best island to visit in Hawaii. This is about as easy to answer as the age old “how long is a piece of string?”

It all comes down to personal tastes and preferences, so here’s a brief description of each. They’re distinctly different islands but have something for everyone. The four main islands are Oahu (with Hawaii’s capital Honolulu), Kauai, Maui, and the Island of Hawaii.

If you’re after water sports, adventure sports, and golf, Maui is best. If you’re after the sport plus some spectacular Mother Nature, then head to the Island of Hawaii, home to the active volcano. If you are after Mother Nature and the jungles then head to Kauai, the garden isle. For the shopaholics then stay on Oahu and the tourist area of Waikiki. Oahu is also the home of Pearl Harbor and the Arizona Memorial.

One way to get a good look at all the islands would be to hop on Norwegian Cruise Lines’ ‘Pride of America’ cruise ship. This ship leaves Honolulu every Saturday and island hops to the three other islands. It travels at night and spends two days on each island, giving you a taste of each. Prices start at $2389 per person for an inside cabin, outside cabins from $3299 per person, and balcony from $3499 per person. Prices include all meals and entertainment on board.

As you can imagine there are lots of places to stay on the Islands to suit all budgets but here are some of my favourites. In Waikiki, the Sheraton Waikiki priced from $267 per person per night and right in the middle of Waikiki shopping and on the beach. In Maui, the Westin Maui Resort & Spa from $262 per person per night, right on the beach with its own 18 hole golf course. In Kauai, the Kauai Marriott on Kalapaki Beach from $203 per person per night, on the beach with a golf course and largest family friendly pool in Hawaii. On the Island of Hawaii, the Hilton Waikoloa Village from $159 per person per night, is on the beach with great pools, monorail or ferry service to traverse the resort and its own interactive dolphin program. Also for something different the Volcano House from $271 per person per night, located within the Volcano National Park and perched on the rim of Kilauea’s Halemaumau Crater.

If you would like more information on travelling to Hawaii or a quote, please see the team at Cherrybrook Travel, phone us on 9875 3775 or email on

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