The natural wonders of Hawaii

Hawaii’s diversity is what makes it attractive to visitors and locals alike. Beautiful natural scenery, warm tropical climate, world-class beaches and surfing, oceans and active volcanoes attract surfers, volcanologists, tourists and biologists to the mid Pacific island chain. With a heavy mix of Asian and North America influences as well as its own vibrant culture, Hawaii is now home to over one million residents.

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May visitors to the islands associate Hawaii with comfort and high living, which is why so many opt for luxury Hawaii vacation rentals for their accommodation.

Hawaii is made up of eight islands, Hawaii (known as the Big Island), Maui (known as the Magic Isle or the Valley Isle), Oahu (known as The Gathering Place), Kauai (known as The Garden Isle), Molokai (The Friendly Isle), Lanai (The Pineapple Isle), Ni’hau (known as The Forbidden Isle), and Kaho’olawe (known as the Target Island).

The state encompasses nearly the entire volcanic Hawaiian Island chain, which is made up of hundreds of islands spread over 1,500 miles. The volcanic activity in Hawaii is one of the islands natural wonders.

Natural Wonders of Hawaii

Waimea Canyon, Kauai

Known as “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific”, Waimea Canyon can found be found on Kauai’s west side. Covering 14 miles in length, one mile deep and 3,600 feet deep, the Waimea Canyon provides panoramic views of deep gorges, crested buttes and rugged crags, while the views can go on for miles.

Leahi (Diamond Head), Oahu

The iconic silhouette of Diamond Head State Monument is regarded as one of Hawaii’s most famous landmarks. Sitting against the backdrop of  the Honolulu skyline, the 760-foot crater is found just beyond Waikiki.

Papohaku Beach, Molokai

Known as Three Mile Beach because of the three miles of uninterrupted soft-sands, Papohaku Beach can be found in Molokai’s west end. One of Hawaii’s largest white sand beaches, Papohaku is around 100 yards wide, leaving lots of room for sunbathers and other beaches to spread out and enjoy the Friendly Island’s charms.

Haleakala National Park, Maui

Haleakala National Park in Maui stretches across the island’s southern and eastern coastline and is home to Maui highest mountain. Rising to 10,023 feet, Haleakala is made up of graceful slopes which can be seen from any point of Maui. Meaning house of the sun in the indigenous Hawaiian language, Haleakala legend has is that the god Maui lassoed the sun from its journey across the sky as he stood on the volcano’s summit, slowing its descent to allow for longer lasting days. A must visit site for sunrises and sunset views.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Island

Visitors to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park watch the landscape change before their eyes as the Kilauea volcano is in an almost permanent state of eruption. One of the most active volcanoes on earth, visitors to the national park have the chance to witness the ancient process of birth and death as the volcano creates life before destroying it. A sacred place for native Hawaiians and one of the most popular destinations in Hawaii.