The Hawaiian islands offer some of the most interesting–and varied–topography in the world. Here, you’ll find white and black sand beaches, active and dormant volcanoes, swift-rising hills and fields of orchids and pineapples. The island chain is ideal for hiking enthusiasts and what better what to explore each island during your Norwegian cruise.
While, it’s easy to find a place to hike in Hawaii, a handful of such trails, such as the ones outlined below, stand out from the rest. If you’re headed to Hawaii this vacation season, be sure to include at least one of the treks on your itinerary. Diamond Head Memorial Park on Oahu
Diamond Head, the volcanic crater that dominates the Waikiki skyline, is one of the best known symbols of Hawaii. Visitors can walk the one-mile trek from the parking lot to the summit of the crater and be rewarded with a sweeping view of Honolulu, Waikiki Beach and beyond. However, most of the man-made facilities here are more than 100 years old, which makes the going a little uneven and rough. Allow around 30 minutes to get to the top and about 15 minutes to climb down. Keep in mind that there are no water fountains or rests rooms at the top.
Iao Needle Trail on Maui
The Iao Valley, located on the north-central part of Maui, is best known for its dramatic needle-shaped rock formations and its rolling terrain. The park has many hiking options. One of the most popular is the needle trail, a .4-mile circular trail with a gradual climb of 121 feet that’s suitable for most all skill levels. The park is open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily.
Haleakala National Park on Maui
Mount Haleakala, located in the southwestern portion of Maui, is known for its dramatic views, especially of the sun rise. This park also has a number of hiking trails, including a challenging trail to the summit and a less arduous trail in the Kipahulu area of the park, past waterfalls and through tropical, verdant rain forests. Haleakala National Park is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Entrance is $15 per vehicle.Waimea Canyon State Park on Kauai
Like a miniature version of Arizona’s Grand Canyon, Waimea Canyon, on the west side of Kauai, is 3,600 feet deep, one mile wide and 14 miles long. The picturesque canyon is surrounded by hiking trails, including an easy, two-mile hike to a look-out over the canyon, a four-mile hike to scenic Waipo’o Falls and a 27-mile overnight trail to the interior of the canyon. Waimea Canyon State Park is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There is no entrance fee.
Enjoying Hawaii should be more than just lying on the beach and sampling a mai tai. The islands offer a number of scenic trails where you can enjoy the many unique natural wonders of this part of the world.
Be sure to include at least one hiking adventure during your next trip to Hawaii.
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