HAWAII & TAHITI CRUISES
Enjoy a dream cruise to Hawaii today with Holland America Cruise Line. The Hawaiian Islands have long been America's tropical playground, a volcanic archipelago in the middle of the Pacific that is the country's most surprising state. Before they became an American territory, before Captain Cook dubbed them the Sandwich Islands, the Hawaiian Islands were the home of a Polynesian culture whose roots still run deep. In Hawaii's floral-scented valleys and on its black-sand beaches, that legacy lives on in an aloha spirit that promises a welcome as warm as the ocean breezes. Some 4,300 kilometers (2,700 miles) from Hawaii, another legendary archipelago awaits travelers to the Pacific: Tahiti. Here, Polynesian and French cultures meet under blue skies on lush islands ringed by blue lagoons.
Hawaii & Tahiti
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Hilo, Hawaii, US
Honolulu, Hawaii, US
Sitting pretty on Oahu's south shore, Honolulu is a suitably laid-back Polynesian mash-up of influences and experiences.
Surfing may have been invented along Waikiki long before the high-rise hotels arrived to dominate the shoreline, but the vibe is still mellow and it's still the go-to neighborhood. These days, Honolulu adds dining, shopping and cocktails to its repertoire, all done with a view of the Diamond Head in the distance.
But away from Waikiki, you get the scoop on the "real" Hawaii: brick Victorian buildings, including America's only royal palace; thriving Chinatown nightlife; sacred temple remains; and the wartime memories of the attack on Pearl Harbor.