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Hawaii Cruises - Ports of Call

By Steven Jones Published 10/24/2008 | Travel

The Hawaiian Islands are one of the most beautiful places on earth. Although they seem a little bit far away from the U.S. coast, it's actually possible to fit a cruise trip into a week's vacation. The islands are only a few hours by plane from California and there are many cruise options available, including three, five-night, and longer sailings. Each Hawaiian port of call is a unique and special experience with wide variety of activities and attractions. Listed below are the ports of call for the Hawaiian Island voyages:

HONOLULU


Honolulu, on the island of Oahu, is the capital of Hawaii. For most visitors to Hawaii it will be the first place they go to and it will give them their first impressions of the islands. There are many fine restaurants located all throughout Waikiki Beach, as well as many shops with lots of neat things to buy as souvenirs. Other points of interest include the Honolulu Zoo, the Waikiki Aquarium, and Kapiolani Park.


KAHULUI


Kahului, on the island of Maui, is the second largest city in the Hawaiian chain. Maui is a paradise of gorgeous beaches and sprawling sugarcane fields. Dominating the island is the enormous volcano Haleakala (House of the Sun), one of the best places in the world for sky-gazing. There is also opportunity for hiking, golfing, and every water sport imaginable.


KAILUA KONA


Kailua-Kona is a seaside town located on the Big Island of Hawaii, nestled at the bottom of the Hualalai Volcano. The main street, Alii Drive, runs along the oceanfront through the heart of the city from Kailua Pier to the Kuamoo Battlefield. Sights and things to do include: Kailua Pier, Ahuena Heiau, Kamakahonu Beach, Hulihee Palace and Mokuaikaua Church.


HILO

Hilo is a sleepy, rainy town located on Hilo Bay on the Windward (Eastern) side of the Big Island of Hawaii. White sand beaches are rare in Hilo: black sand and lava rock are more common. Downtown Hilo has some nice sights to see, such as the Federal Building and the Tsunami Museum housed in the former Bank of Hawaii.


LAHAINA


Lahaina, often called the "jewel in the crown of Maui," is a destination visited by over 2 million tourists each year. Lahaina town is the second most visited spot on Maui after beaches. This historic town is nestled between the Auau Channel facing Lanai Island and the West Maui mountain range. Lahaina has provided a home for many cultures over the centuries, always welcoming visitors to its inviting shores.


NAWILIWILI


Nawiliwili is a Hawaiian port, situated outside of Lihue, the main town on Kauai. The nearest shopping to the dock in Nawiliwili is located at Kalapaki Beach about half a mile from the ship. It is within easy walking distance and offers two smaller shopping centers. There is also shopping in the stores of the Kauai Marriott just beyond.