PORTS

HONOLULU, OAHU, HAWAII

Cruise ships visiting Oahu, HI dock at the cosmopolitan city of Honolulu. for those seeking sun and fun, snorkeling and diving tours are offered, and Waikiki is just a short shuttle/taxi ride from the port. The best excursions include a visit to the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor and Downtown.

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KAHULUI, MAUI, HAWAII

The second largest of the islands, Maui boasts 32 miles of beaches that are ideal for swimming, snorkeling, sea kayaking and sunning. Most ships call on Kahului, but some dock at Lahaina, which offers splendid views of the island of Lanai. The main attraction here is the Haleakala Crater, the world's largest dormant volcano. Helicopter and bicycle tours to the crater are popular, as are snorkeling and tours of lao Valley State Park.

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HILO, HAWAII, HAWAII

Hilo is located on the lush, windward side of the Big Island, and it is the starting point for excursions to Kilauea Volcano. Drive around the 11-mile rim of the crater or tour the dramatic lava formations of Volcanoes National Park. View breathtaking Akaka Falls, where the water drops more than 400 feet into a pool below, or visit the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens. Or, check out the view from the summit of 13,796-foot Mount Mauna Kea, the highest peak in Hawaii.

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KONA, HAWAII, HAWAII

The sun shines year-round on the Kona coast of the Big Island. Take a helicopter ride for views of the jagged Kohala Mountains, ride in a semi-submersible over spectacular coral reefs, or join a snorkeling excursion to Kealakekua Bay, a protected marine life refuge. Don't forget to sample a cup of delicious Kona coffee, the local brew of choice. This part of the Big Island also is famous for its macadamia nut orchards.

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NAWILIWILI, KAUAI, HAWAII

Quiet and uncrowded, the lush, green island of Kauai is known as the "Garden Isle." It is home to spectacular cliffs and canyons. The most poular excursions visit Waimea Canyon (called "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific"), the Fern Grotto, the Hanalei Coast and the Na Pali cliffs. Visitors also enjoy kayaking, snorkeling, sailing and swimming.

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