A wild week in Hawaii

Diamond head is a volcanic tuff cone on the Hawaiian island of O?ahu and known to Hawaiians as L??ahi, most likely from lae 'browridge, promontory' plus ?ahi 'tuna' because the shape of the ridgeline resembles the shape of a tuna's dorsal fin.

This famous stretch of sand is home to high-rise hotels and flocks of tourists, but not even that can impede on the experience of this pulsing city.

With a little something to suit everyone, this one-week itinerary will have your clients eager to return.

DAY 1

With endless ways to relax, we suggest saying aloha to Oahu by sinking into the famous sand of Waikiki Beach, the perfect cure for jetlag.

Duke Kahanamoku statue on Waikiki beach Hawaii

For the adventure nuts, hiring a canoe or snorkelling equipment balances relaxation and stimulation.

This stunning beachside stretch is home numerous dining options, entertainment and world-class shopping, so travellers who have spent enough time on the sun lounge have plenty of options all within walking distance.

DAY 2

Learning about the rich history of Hawaii early on in the week can drastically alter perspectives on the destination.

Pearl Harbour is an historic site of great significance as it was here, on December 7, 1941, that Japan bombed US naval ships, triggering the US’s entry into World War II.

USS Arizona

Standing at the final resting place of many brave men is sure to emphasise the weight of history for travellers.

America’s only royal residence, built in 1882, Iolani Palace, contains the thrones of King Kalakaua and his successor Queen Liliuokalani.

Just a short distance from Waikiki, the guided tour here offers a glimpse into the palace.

DAY 3

Hawaii is known for its beautiful waters, and what better way to see this pristine environment than on a luxurious catamaran for a first-class tour.

Boy and Green Sea Turtle

There are a range of trips from snorkelling excursions, where travellers can swim with sea turtles, to sunset cruises with spectacular colours on offer.

And each Friday, guests can board a catamaran at sunset to cruise under the stars and watch the fireworks from Waikiki beach cascade into the sea.

To occupy the remainder of the day we suggest visiting the famous Waikiki Aquarium to see the multitude of sea dwellers in Hawaii’s coastal waters.

DAY 4

Waikiki has the best of both worlds, with the lush portions of Oahu offering an escape in nature and the buzzing island city adding unique entertainment.

World-class shopping centres are seldom found on an island, but Waikiki is home to some of the best.

The newly refurbished International Market Place fuses the old and new, with the stately Banyan Tree remaining the centrepiece of the now grand hub.

International Market Place, Waikiki, Honolulu, USA

The shops radiate elegance, perfect for retail therapy.

Hyatt Regency’s Pualeilani Atrium Shops span over three levels with one-of-a-kind boutiques and specialty stores encircling the open-air Atrium.

For a more local experience, Hyatt Regency also hosts the Waikiki Farmers Market, offering homegrown produce like Hula Meli honey and specialty Hawaiian coffee.

DAY 5

Diamond Head, the famous volcanic crater at the edge of Waikiki Beach, is known to many as the iconic image of Hawaii.

A morning hike on the trailhead will offer a historical narrative and panoramic view.

Diamond Head, An Aerial view of extinct volcanic crater in Hawaii

Rest assured too, the volcano hasn’t erupted for 150,000 years and the trail is accessible for those who aren’t seasoned hikers.

After the morning’s labours, indulge in a spa treatment at Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa, overlooking perfect views of the water.

This oasis takes travellers on a journey as practitioners inspire health and wellness through uniquely Hawaiian customs.


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