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Are You Dreaming of a Bliss-Full Vacation in Hawaii?


Aloha and welcome!  

Whether you're looking for a breathtaking adventure vacation in Hawaii, an exciting romantic getaway, a relaxing retreat, or your ideal fun family vacation destination, you've come to the right place, and American Express Travel can help get you there. Hawaii is not only a heavenly vacation spot, is an experience... we want you to have the most wonderful one :)

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Enjoy your Hawaii vacation to the fullest, create a memory to cherish for a lifetime... we hope you'll leave home resolute to come back!  

This site helps you to get the most from your Hawaii vacations, providing detailed practical information, suggestions and tips on the things to do, sights to explore, where to stay, best deals, when to visit and much, MUCH more.

Come inside, discover the beaches, feel the cooling breeze that blows in from the blue waters... Meet the sea turtles and Manta rays, watch the magnificent whales and swim with the dolphins... Marvel at the volcanoes and find out what are the best spots to enjoy a few rounds of oceanfront golf.

And if you're wondering how to find the best place to stay, relax.

The islands of Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and Hawaii abound with affordable vacation rentals, charming country inns, luxurious five star resorts and romantic bed and breakfasts by the waterfall or on the beach. Come on in and take a look!  

Dive in and watch the surfers (or ride the board), find yourself on a rainforest hike... Discover the ancient art of hula, listen to the chants... Taste the islands' mouth-watering cuisine, experience Aloha and be charmed by this magical land...

Yes, you can spend your vacation in Hawaii just basking in the sun and sipping pool side drinks... But the sights, the adventures, the friendly ocean creatures are longing for YOU! Paradise awaits.

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Are You Ready for a Big Island Hawaii Vacation?

Is a Big Island Hawaii vacation your dream getaway?Vacation foto I don't blame you!  

Imagine waking up to the sound of birds in a lush green fern forest with koi swimming in nearby ponds... or looking up at a night sky dotted with twinkling stars... Relax and hang loose in the rich volcano rainforest which is populated with anthuriums, giant ferns and ohia trees...

All these are yours for the asking on a Big Island Hawaii vacation!  

Did you know that Big Island is also known as "the isle of adventure"?  

It's true!  

No other isle gives you a spot to choose between sun-bathing, swimming (with or without dolphins!), snorkeling, whale watching, surfing, water skiing, standup paddling, fishing, horseback riding, biking, rollerblading, snow skiing, golfing, water skiing, (I'm sure I've forgotten out several), all on the same holiday.

No other island lets you see the world's most active volcano, a 420 foot waterfall, white, black, and green sand beaches. From the 13 climatic regions on Earth, the Big Island has all but two (Arctic & Saharan). On your Big Island Hawaii vacation you can connect with nature or step back in history--it's your choice!  

But don't forget to simply relax too!  

Ask anyone who visited, they'll all agree: the Big Island is Hawaii's biggest playground. It is the largest and the youngest island in the Hawaiian chain.Hawaiian sample But it isn't just big, it's still growing! That's because of the constant flow of molten lava from the still active Mt. Kilauea--the world's only walk-through volcano.

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You can walk close to the active lava flow to see the red-hot stuff in action, see remarkable volcanic formations, and visit a lava tube.

You can hike through and may even be treated to one of Pele's (pronounced peh-ley, the Goddess of Fire) eruptions.

You will learn the Hawaiian names for different types of lava: pahoehoe (pronounced "pah-hoy-hoy"), which is smooth, billowy, ropey and an easy stroll. Or, aa (pronounced "ah-ah"), which is rough, jagged and spiny.

Big Island Hawaii is also a golfing Mecca

You may not believe it, but you have 25+ magnificent golf courses to pick from. There are natural lava lined fairways and putting greens dotted with palm trees, enclosed by the clearest azure waters. Try your best to overlook that you're playing on the most beautiful golf courses you've ever set toes on. It may take a few holes and a few errant shots, but you'll get used to it. :)

How about stepping back in time during your Big Island Hawaii vacation?  

When you visit Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park on Honaunau Bay, located in South Kona, you are retreating several centuries into ancient and sacred Hawaiian culture. You'll be amazed at how the black lava rock shoreline protects this sanctuary of Hawaii's past... You'll feel the quiet peace seeing the ki'i (wooden images of gods), guarding the Hale o Keawe Heiau, a sacred pantheon that housed the osseins of 23 alii (chiefs).

And don't miss star gazing during your tour on the summit of Mauna Kea! At 13,796 feet or 4,205 m, the air is thin and clear allowing you to experience one of the most dramatic scenery on Earth.

Back at the sea level, you can choose from several types of beaches to laze around in. There is black sand in Punalu'u (famous for turtle sightings), green sand located at the island's southernmost tip in K'au, white sand in Hapuna Beach, and the 'salt & pepper' beach (white & black sand) at the Kahalu'u Beach Park, in Kona.

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Kahalu'u is a family beach and one of the best snorkeling spots on the Big Island.

Let your younger kids play in the shallow water as sea turtles crawl up on the beach next to them.

Dip into the calm waters of Kahulu'u...

...and snorkel with schools of colorful fish and sea turtles--you'll bee dazzled by the prolific coral life!  

A Big Island Hawaii Vacation is Unforgettable!  

You have a wonderful choice of accommodation, whether you are getting away with the family, for your honeymoon or a surprise anniversary escape.

Are you looking for seclusion without isolation? Indulge in the luxury of Big Island Resorts, like the incomparable Four Seasons of Hualalai, on the Kohala Coast. It offers full service spa, six pools and a signature Jack Nicholas golf course.

If you prefer a good deal, in Kailua Village you'll find several affordable, budget-type hotels conveniently located close to shops and restaurants. No trip to "da Big Island" is complete without trying Serious Grindz at local Hawaiian Style Café in Waimea. Just prepare for an afternoon snooze after.

Or, step off the beaten track and experience the country charm in one of Hawaii's bed and breakfasts. Enjoy fabulous water views in the historic sugar plantation country, or hang out with paniolos (Hawaiian cowboys) in the cool uplands.

With so many choices of fun activities and fascinating tours and assorted accommodation, your Big Island Hawaii vacation is more of a reality than you've ever thought!  

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