Oahu’s Waianae Boat Harbor. Photo by Phil Davis/Getty Images.
Hawaii cruises are relaxing and unforgettable adventures that introduce you to the spirit of aloha and allow you to experience the islands as they were meant to be experienced — by sea.
The Hawaiian islands have become universal symbols of relaxation, and AAA’s concierge cruises amplify the rejuvenation by treating you to a host of benefits, including exclusive parties, gifts, and excursions.
AAA concierge Hawaiian cruises also offer priority boarding and complimentary specialty dining, and are coordinated by an experienced AAA host who will help you with all your travel needs so that you can focus on being refreshed by the Hawaiian islands.
Continue reading to learn more about our cruises to Hawaii or contact your AAA agent today to begin making plans.
We offer a variety of cruises to choose from, so to help you select the ideal Hawaii cruise for your interests, here is a brief introduction to some of the most popular islands.
1. Island of Hawaii
First on the list is the state’s namesake. The island of Hawaii is both the largest and the youngest island in the archipelago. Its impressive size, compared to the other islands, has earned it the nickname “The Big Island.”
The island of Hawaii is home to many amazing geographic features, ranging from snow-capped mountains to massive volcanoes. Here you’ll encounter beautiful coastlines, verdant valleys, and jet-black sands.
The Big Island puts its true ecological and natural diversity on full display for cruisers and there are endless adventures to be had on this magnificent slice of paradise.
Many cruises to Hawaii will have you making an extended stop in Oahu. This island is often referred to as “The Gathering Place,” as it’s a central hub for all kinds of activity.
Oahu is home to the vast majority of Hawaii’s people, fusing Western and Eastern cultures in homage to the traditions and heritage of the Native Hawaiian people.
This fusion creates a distinct contrast in Oahu between modern and ancient cultures that makes it an awe-inspiring, beautiful geographic region.
The island is packed with everything from fast-paced city life to more slow-speed surf towns. You’re sure to find loads of activities, magnificent restaurants, and enough beautiful vistas to keep your interest the entire stay.
Molokai is an island like no other. As the second-smallest inhabited island in Hawaii, it’s a mere 38 miles long and 10 miles across. But don’t let Molokai’s size fool you — there’s still a Pandora’s box of adventures waiting for you on these shores.
Molokai holds the unique distinction of being home to the world’s highest sea cliffs (3,900 feet high), as well as the longest continuing reef structure in the USA.
Much of the population on Molokai is descended from Native Hawaiian ancestors. This fosters the island’s strong home pride and emphasis on preserving the land of Molokai.
One effect of this value for the natural landscape is that you won’t see any buildings taller than coconut trees here. No traffic lights, no large stores — this is a place where life slows down to keep pace with authentic Hawaiian life.
Kauai is known as the “Garden Island,” and it’s not hard to see why. Hawaii’s fourth-largest island brims with beautiful emerald landscapes and lush vegetation.
Kauai is home to tropical rainforests, fantastic waterfalls, a network of crystal-clear rivers, fine-pointed mountain spires, and rocky cliffs carved by time and nature. Its terrain can make it difficult to access by land, so cruising Hawaiian islands like Kauai is the best way to get a close-up look.
Hawaii’s second-largest island, Maui, is often called “The Valley Isle.” It’s decorated with breathtaking beaches, the mythical Iao Valley, and heavenly sunrises/sunsets.
Maui has repeatedly earned the vote of “Best Island in the U.S.” by Condé Nast Traveler readers. Are they correct? You’ll have to cruise to Maui to see for yourself.
Shore excursions include visiting fruit plantations, dining at magical restaurants like Wailele Luau (where you’ll eat only the best Polynesian cuisine), and traditional dances and storytelling experiences.
Lanai is another popular sight on Hawaiian island cruises. As the smallest inhabited island in Hawaii, it rarely pops up as a stop for cruise excursions, but its size and gorgeous shoreline make it worth seeing from the ship’s deck as you cruise by.
While not a stop on your cruise itinerary, do jot down Lanai for future visits, as this island offers huge incentives for tourism. Lanai has fantastic luxurious resorts, a world-renowned golf course, and loads of rugged back roads to make discoveries in.
AAA is here to help make your cruise an unforgettable one. Whether you opt for a short trip around the islands or a more extensive stay, there’s an itinerary for you.
To begin planning your rejuvenating Hawaiian adventure, contact a AAA agent today.