Earn 6 Qantas Points per A$1 spent* on all Hawaiian Island hotels when you book before 21 February 2020*. Whether you're looking for a food focused romantic escape, an action-packed adventure, or a relaxing holiday with the family, we’re sure you’ll find it in the Hawaiian Islands.
We’ve curated our top tips on what to do and where to stay to help you plan the perfect break.
Oahu, home to the famous Waikiki Beach is a must visit for any trip to Hawaii. Soak up the sun, sand and surf, or take advantage of the many beach activities on offer. Then, it’s time to shop. With DFS Galleria, the Royal Hawaiian Center and Waikiki Beach Walk, you can find everything from a ukelele, to designer fashion and jewellery.
Take a trip to Pearl Harbor to explore a submarine, or the pineapple plantation complete with a pineapple maze. And, for the animal-lovers amongst you, be sure to pay a visit to Sea Life Park, Waikiki Aquarium, or Honolulu Zoo. Then there’s snorkelling to be done at Hanauma Bay.
For incredible views, the Diamond Head state monument can’t be beat – an iconic crater sitting at the edge of Waikiki. Climb through a tunnel and more than 150 steps, your hard work will be worth it when you take in the breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and nearby Waikiki, especially if you make it for sunrise or sunset.
When you’ve worked up an appetite, there’s delicious fresh food abounds. From funky North Shore food trucks to a world class culinary mecca, Oahu combines global influences with locally grown ingredients; creating a melting pot of flavours you won’t find anywhere else.
Known as the Garden Isle, Kauai is full of tropical rainforests, fertile valleys, and lush flora. It also has some of Hawaii’s most beautiful botanical gardens. But that’s not all. Once you’ve explored as much of the surroundings as you can, it’s time to sample some of the fare. With an abundance of fresh fruit and veggies, it’s no surprise that the restaurants and local markets of Kauai are bursting with fresh, wholesome, and very tasty food. Experience an epic Hawaiian-style picnic, dress up for a high-end meal, or ride your bike and treat yourself to an ice cream in Hanapepe or Poipu.
There are lots of fun things to do with the whole family on Kauai. Explore larger-than-life wonders at Waimea Canyon or learn to dance the hula at a luau. There’s also the chance to ride on the Kauai plantation railway at Kilohana Estate.
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With over 120 miles of coastline, Maui boasts over 30 miles of beautiful beaches – some with red, some with black, and some with white sand but all with renowned surfing and windsurfing spots. And for when you need a little rest from the board, these are some of the best beaches in the world to simply snorkel, swim, and sunbathe.
A mix of roadside food stands and gourmet restaurants serving locally grown produce provide your taste buds with an adventure of their own. Roadside farm stands, mom-and-pop shops serving Maui’s signature banana bread and outstanding resort restaurants are just part of the diverse choices you’ll encounter. Then, if you’re interested in learning where it all comes from, the farms, wineries, and ranches are open for visitors.
There’s lots to do for little nature-lovers on Maui. Take a trip to the Maui Ocean Centre and walk through the tunnel as manta rays and sharks swim over your head. If you’re looking for a more hands-on experience visit the Hawaii Nature Center in Wailuku, or become a Junior Ranger at the Haleakala Visitor Centre.
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The Island of Hawaii is home to one of the world’s most active volcano – Kilauea – and the world’s largest volcano – Mauna Loa. They form part of Hawaii Volcanoes national park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From sea level to the 4,168 metre summit of Mauna Loa, there’s an array of ecosystems from lush tropical rainforest to barren volcanic desert just waiting to be explored. There’s also some lava flows to see and the ongoing eruption from Kilauea. The site is constantly changing – just like the island around it. The vast 323,431 acres include many opportunities for sightseeing and exploration, giving visitors glimpses of dramatic landscapes and historic places.
Spend all the time you need exploring the vast natural wonder, with its diverse ecosystems. Then, when hunger calls, enjoy any one of the many dining options available. With its innovative chefs and homegrown produce, you’ll quickly understand why the Island of Hawaii has become a hot spot for foodies. Get ready to enjoy every bite, whether you’re splurging on an elegant beachside dinner at Kohala resort, feasting on Kalua pig at a luau, or grabbing a quick al fresco lunch of grilled shrimp and slaw from a food truck.
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One of the smallest inhabited islands will still give you a big welcome. With lots of unspoiled beaches and rustic back roads waiting to be explored, Lanai is a natural playground that’s perfect for couples. Go horse riding, and enjoy a picnic at Dole Park.
Explore the Kaunolu Village – an archaeological site that features the largest surviving ruins of a prehistoric Hawaiian village. It remains a significant and sacred place connecting Hawaiians to their ancestral homeland of Kahiki, and remains of the old fishing village can be seen on a mile-long trail around the coastline.
Lanai is a fierce contender for any foodie accolade. When you’re feeling hungry, enjoy the quaint cafes of Lanai City, or the fresh and juicy fruits from the Saturday farmers’ market, then enjoy some high-end sushi from celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa at Nobu Lanai.
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On the island of Molokai you’ll find the highest sea cliffs in the world. Follow a guide along the cliffs leading to Kalaupapa National Historic Park and visit Papohaku Beach, one of the largest white-sand beaches in Hawaii, or see the worlds longest continuous fringing reef. Molokai is truly a place of outdoor adventure.
For family fun, spend an afternoon at the Big Wind Kite Factory, where little ones can captain their own kites, or soak up the sun on one of Hawaii’s largest white-sand beaches. Then there’s a macadamia farm to visit or a chance to post a real coconut from the Hoolehua Post Office.
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Why book with Qantas
* Qantas Frequent Flyer members will earn 6 Qantas Points per A$1 value for all Hawaii hotel stays booked through qantas.com/hotels, from 8 to 21 February 2020 except Classic Hotel Rewards.
^ Members will earn 6 Qantas Points per A$1 value when booking offers at qantas.com/luxuryhotels. Qantas Points will not be earned on cancelled or refunded bookings. Qantas Points will be credited to your account at least 8 weeks after check-out. To earn Qantas Points, quote your Qantas Frequent Flyer membership number when booking. The ability to use Points Plus Pay is subject to meeting the minimum points requirement of 5,000 Qantas Points. Qantas Points cannot be split between two or more members occupying the same room. Some accommodation providers may not allow you to combine this offer with any other offer. Qantas Points may be earned by the member in whose name the booking is made. Members will not be able to redeem points for, or earn points on additional charges paid to the accommodation provider for extras (including cots, breakfasts and other incidentals) on check-in or check-out (as applicable). Qantas Points cannot be earned on Classic Hotel Rewards. A Classic Hotel Reward must be booked using Qantas Points only.
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