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RoadTrips USA: Aloha auto adventures through the Hawaiian Islands

Ready for the adventure of a lifetime? Pack your sunnies and your sense of adventure because we’re heading on an epic road trip in the stunning Hawaiian archipelago!

Ready for the adventure of a lifetime? Pack your sunnies and your sense of adventure because we’re heading on an epic road trip in the stunning Hawaiian archipelago!

From breathtaking beaches to jaw-dropping volcanoes, this road trip journey – through six major islands – is packed with activities that’ll have you saying “Aloha” at every freakin’ moment, promising a journey filled with unforgettable experiences and breathtaking views.

Exploring these lush island landscapes with your own set of wheels is the only way to travel in these tropical parts. With the wind in your hair, some rockin’ tunes on the stereo, and adventure literally around every corner, nothing beats a Hawaiian Islands road trip!

Aloha aboard?! Let’s do this!

Road Trip: Island Discovery Series

Fast facts
  • Starts: O’ahu, Hawai’i
  • Ends: Moloka’i, Hawai’i
  • How long: Allow 18 days

Our journey kicks off in Honolulu on O’ahu, where big city vibes meet tropical paradise. Our first stop is the Diamond Head State Monument. This 300,000-year-old volcanic crater flaunts a short hike that rewards you with jaw-dropping views of the Pacific Ocean and the city below. Trust me, the sweat is worth it…

Renting a car is the best way to explore Oahu ©Brand USA
Renting a car is the best way to explore the Hawaiian Islands, including O’ahu ©Brand USA

Next, dive into history at the USS Arizona Memorial, a poignant reminder of the past. Feeling adventurous? Snorkel at Hanauma Bay, where it’s like swimming in an aquarium with colourful fish and coral reefs – magical!

Now, let’s hit O’ahu’s North Shore, the “surfing capital of the world.” Whether you’re catching waves or just watching the pros, it’s an experience you can’t miss. If you’re more of a beach bum, Waikiki Beach has gentle waves perfect for beginners. And don’t forget, O’ahu boasts over 160km of coastline, so there’s a beach for everyone! Make sure to visit the regal ‘Iolani Palace and the Polynesian Cultural Center to soak up the island’s rich history and culture.

Next up, we’re hopping on a short flight to Kaua’i, the “Garden Island.” This lush paradise is straight out of a postcard! Explore Waimea Canyon State Park and Koke’e State Park for hikes with epic views of Waipo’o Falls and the Kalalau Valley. Up for a thrill? Kayak along the Nāpali Coast and soak in the dramatic cliffs. For the ultimate hike, tackle the 17km Kalalau Trail, or just chill at Po’ipu Beach, a top spot for surfers, swimmers, and snorkellers – we won’t judge you…

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
For volcanic activity, explore Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park on Hawai’i (The Big Island). ©Brand USA

Next, we’re heading to Hawai’i (The Big Island), where the adventures keep getting better! Dive into Kailua-Kona’s turquoise waters and snorkel with sea turtles, or feel like a cowboy by heading to Waimea and exploring the lush landscapes on horseback or ATV. You can also hike through the mystical Waipi’o Valley, where black sand beaches, waterfalls, and steaming craters create a magical setting. For the ultimate volcanic experience, visit Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park to witness the awe-inspiring Maunaloa, the world’s largest volcano. Drive along Chain of Craters Road and explore the Jaggar Museum and Volcano Art Center.

Maui is where island dreams come true. ©Brand USA
Maui is where island dreams come true. ©Brand USA

Sadly, it’s time to leave the Big Island. But don’t worry, the adventure continues as we fly to Maui, the second-largest island and famous for whale-watching and pristine beaches. You can easily get your adrenaline fix with snorkelling, diving, surfing, and paddleboarding here. During winter, keep an eye out for humpback whales and their calves. Drive the scenic Road to Hāna, stopping at secluded waterfalls like Twin Falls, the black sand beach at Wai’anapanapa State Park, and ocean caves. Don’t miss the sunrise at Haleakalā National Park – it’s an early start, but the sight of the sun rising above the clouds is unforgettable…

From Maui, we’re taking a quick trip to Lāna’i, the smallest inhabited island in Hawai’i. This island offers luxury accommodations, world-class golf, horseback riding, off-road adventures, stunning beaches, lush rainforests, and nature preserves. Despite its size, Lāna’i is packed with diverse experiences and unparalleled natural beauty. You’ll probably want to stick around longer than you’d originally planned here…

Finally, it’s time to pull the curtain on this Hawaiian holiday, but not before experiencing Hawai’i in its most untouched form on the island of Moloka’i. From the towering 2,000-foot cliffs to pristine white-sand beaches, Moloka’i stays true to its Hawaiian roots. This island is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts looking for a serene escape into nature’s pure beauty.

Find out more

Tour the historic site of Pearl Harbor ©Brand USA
Tour the historic site of Pearl Harbor ©Brand USA

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Brand USA and Infinity Holidays are proud to partner to showcase even more of the USA and the endless possibilities for your clients. For more information on the fully bookable and customisable USA Road Trips itineraries and USA City Breaks go through HELiO, here.

We recently sat down with Lexie Miliatis, the new trade manager for Brand USA, who is educating, inspiring and showcasing everything the United States has to offer the Aussie travelling public. Check out the interview here and feel free to send her an email with all your questions!

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