Hawaiian cruises are common trips for family vacations, honeymoons and those who simply wish to escape to a tropical destination. You can choose to cruise to a specific Hawaiian destination or take a cruise that ports at all six major Hawaiian islands. The island chains were formed by volcanic eruptions, which have contributed to Hawaii's unique geography. Tourists come here to enjoy the tropical beaches and water sports and to see volcanoes and other natural wonders.
If your cruise stops at the island of Maui in the winter months, be sure to plan a whale watching excursion. Although it is common to spot whales from land, chartered excursions can give you a closer interaction with these mammals. Each winter, humpback whales migrate here to escape the cold Alaskan winters and to breed. If you're lucky, you may get to see a mother and her calf splashing in the water. The best whale watching harbors are in Lahaina and Maalaea. Check with the tour companies ahead of time to see if they offer a guarantee that will discount your money if you don't see any whales. A tour might be offered through your cruise line or you can hire an excursion for your free time on land.
Each Hawaiian island has its own unique beaches for cruisers to visit. You can throw down a towel on the sand and soak up the sun, or you can swim in the sparkling waters. The volcanic history of the islands has formed unique beaches. You will find the typical white sand beaches, but there are also several black and red volcanic sand beaches throughout Hawaii. You can take surfing lessons or set off on your own to enjoy Hawaii's world-class waves. Parasailing allows the adventurous to explore the islands from overhead. Explore Hawaii's tropical fish population and lush underwater habitats by snorkeling in the ocean or in an inland pool or lagoon. If you really want to see Hawaii underwater, you can take a tour on a submarine.
Those who enjoy outdoor recreation should take advantage of Hawaii's tropical surroundings by taking a hiking excursion to see Hawaii's many breathtaking volcanoes. Haleakala National Park is home to Maui's largest inactive volcano, the Haleakala Crater. At Volcanoes National Park in Kilauea, you can see two of the world's largest volcanoes and learn about the formation of the Hawaiian Islands. These parks are also protected areas full of wildlife and vegetation that you can explore by hiking. You can also take boat tours that take you around the islands to different volcanic sites.