Cruise ships are seemingly magnetically pulled to the hugely popular tropic islands of Hawaii. Here a wonderful cocktail of cruises are available, with a distinct Aloha blend. Its all laid-back island relaxation, with the zing of island chic thrown into the mixer.
Most Hawaiian cruises begin and end in Honolulu, while making Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Kona, Hilo and the Big Island stops en route. Famous beaches, reef snorkelling, corral diving and volcano mountain trekking are all options on these islands, made famous by their serene beauty.
Cruise goers will find Honolulu equally packed with activity. Cruise ships dock near the Aloha Tower Marketplace, at piers 8 through 10. This is a fine spot for shopping and dining, although most will also want to explore the rest of the island's many attractions. Waiting taxis, an easy to use bus system and trolleys drop cruise passengers from Aloha Towers to almost all the major sites. Some of the better known are vacation Meccas.
Waikiki is the most famous beach in the world, with a busy atmosphere, luxury resorts and beautiful people. It is only one of 139 beaches that surround the paradisical island of Oahu. From Waikiki is a beautiful view of Diamond Head, a volcanic crater that is easily reachable. The Arizona Memorial Museum is accessed by a scenic and sombre boat trip that floats above the wrecks of ships sunk in the attack on Pearl Harbour.
These are only a few of hundreds of sites to be discovered by cruisers in Honolulu. Seafaring discoverers are in good company as Hawaii was discovered by Captain Cook in a journey from the South Pacific to Alaska and back, a route cruise ships emulate today.