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Compare the best Hawaii holidays

Who doesn't think of palm-fringed beaches, sun-down cocktails and hula dancing when they hear Hawaii mentioned? Well, expect the clichés and more if you visit this group of islands in the Pacific Ocean - including whale watching, championship golf courses and dramatic landscapes.

Why go?

Book Hawaii holidays to surf, meet dolphins, relax on beautiful white-sand beaches, and dance a bit of hula on dreamy Pacific islands. Here's what to expect...

Whether you plan a multi-island trip or spend your holiday really getting to know one place, Hawaiian breaks allow you to combine a completely relaxing getaway with trips to admire amazing landscapes, flora and fauna. And, you may even bump into the American President Barack Obama while you are there as he regularly visits the islands where he was born.

With the famous Waikiki Beach, lively capital Honolulu and the historic landmark Pearl Harbour, Oahu is probably the best-known island. Families will enjoy visiting the Sea Life Park where it is possible to swim with dolphins, and trying not to get lost in the enormous maze at the Dole Plantation. There's also a huge range of hotels on the island to suit all budgets.

The second-largest Hawaiian island, Maui, is the ultimate spot for golfers - where else can you play on championship courses with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop? And children will love gasping as manta rays and sharks swim past them in the Maui Ocean Centre.

Lanai is a more serene retreat and an excellent location for honeymooners as it boasts exclusive resorts, the famous Sweetheart Rock (Puu Pehe) and beautiful beaches. For more active visitors, there are also golf courses, calm waters for snorkelling and brilliant routes for hiking.

Those who would like a serene break with plenty of swimming, snorkelling and sunbathing should head to Kauai where 50 miles of beach frame the island. Many of the stretches of sand are more secluded than on the other islands. But it's the landscape - rainforest, waterfalls and dramatic cliffs - that really wows visitors.

Other Hawaiian highlights include visiting Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, watching a hula show and even learning the dance yourself, going whale watching and trying to spot hump backs, and going to the quiet island of Molokai where no building is taller than a coconut tree. And for the ultimate view of the islands' waterfalls, volcanoes and beaches, book a helicopter tour.

If you are planning a trip to Hawaii this year and need some help, read our fact file below and use TravelSupermarket's search tool to find the cheapest deals.

When to go?

Bask in glorious sunshine on Hawaii's shores - but when is the best time to travel to ensure you get the best weather on your break?

The weather in Hawaii is reliably hot with temperatures in the islands' winter (November until March) even reaching 26C. Whale watching season runs from late December until early May.

What's on?

Exotic and colourful celebrations abound in Hawaii, so why not time your holiday to coincide with one? Here are some of our top suggestions...

Lei Day; May 1; throughout Hawaii: May 1 every year is a public holiday in Hawaii when the custom of making a lei is celebrated. There are lei making demonstrations and competitions, arts and crafts, dancing and a Lei Queen is crowned every year. Don't turn down a lei or take in off in front of the person who gave it to you as you will be considered to be very rude.

Aloha Festival; September; Honolulu: This vibrant festival celebrates traditional Hawaiian culture through parades, dance performances and music. Huge block parties take place throughout the festival with food, entertainment and crafts, and a highlight is the Aloha Festivals Floral Parade.

Triple Crown of Surfing; November/December; Honolulu: Watch the world's top surfers and younger enthusiasts compete on the world's largest waves. Events take place on Oahu's North Shore and the prize money totals $1millon.  

Kona Coffee Cultural Festival; November:  Celebrating Hawaii's coffee heritage, this festival hosts more than 40 events over 10 days. Get involved in coffee and recipe competitions, Kona coffee farm tours, cultural events and art exhibits.

What to do?

Take your pick from catching some rays on world-class beaches, playing a few rounds of golf, walking the world's largest mountain... Read on for more holiday adventure ideas.

Relaxing: Spend a day soaking up the sun on Waikiki Beach - Hawaii's most famous stretch of sand. Lounge in a hammock to top up your tan or take in views of the beautiful coastline while sipping a cocktail on board a catamaran cruise.

Active types: Maui showcases world-class golf courses, while Hawaii's underwater world is a diver's paradise. The pristine waters of Hapuna Beach and Honaunau Bay are popular spots.

Romance: For a truly romantic holiday memory, why not treat your other half to a stargazing tour on top of the world's largest mountain, Mauna Kea. Discover the secrets of the Hawaiian heavens as you gaze at the night sky - just remember to bring your camera!

Kids and teens: Families hoping to discover hidden Hawaii should make their way to Manoa Falls. Hike through lush rainforest and bamboo groves, spot exotic flowers and admire cascading waterfalls.
 
Nightlife: From fine dining under the stars, to live hula shows and music, Hawaii has plenty to keep you entertained when the sun goes down. Honolulu is the place to go if you're looking for lively bars, restaurants and clubs.

Free and cheap: Bag a bargain at the huge Aloha Flea Market. Expect hundreds of stalls - just make sure you wear good walking shoes and a sunhat.

Babies and toddlers: Toddlers will love coming face to face with colourful marine life at Maui Ocean Center. Enjoy wandering around Turtle Lagoon, Hammerhead Harbor and Sea Jelly Gallery.