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Discovering the beauty of Hawaiian Islands on a cruise where adventure awaits. Cruising the islands, I definitely immersed myself in the culture and history.
The cruise began in Honolulu, Oahu which is the capital of Hawaii. A vast and populated with high-rise buildings with white sandy beautiful beaches, it is a mega touristy destination for millions of visitors that flood the island annually. About 10-minutes ride by taxi from the hotel was the Honolulu cruise terminal. All guests have to check-in early hours of the morning due to security reasons and have to be on board 2 hours before sailing. The check-in process at the cruise-terminal had no major delays as I was boarding and cruising in American waters only. As I stepped onto the cruise-ship, I was totally immersed in the colour, culture and flavours of Hawaii – “Aloha Spirit”. I just indulged myself in Aloha mood and was already in so much fun and more. I thought to myself, this is going to be a magical start to my cruise.
Hilo: Kilauea volcano site
The joy of enjoying this garden and waterfall came to an abrupt end as we continued our tour. We headed up this windy road up the mountain to the top. The view was breath-taking and could see the vast destruction that the volcano has done over the years. Sadly, this is still an active volcano today. Here, Kilauea volcano continues to take centre stage with its eruptive performances. The sign posts details the history of how it all began and continue to do so even now. Standing there, almost seeing the eye of the volcano gives you a completely different picture of how mother nature can be cruel in its own way. At the same time, accepting the natural phenomenal that it occurs. It was just mind bubbling. Standing there in amazement, thinking and visualising how this vast land has been filled with hot lava and ashes completely destroying the biodiversity and the ecosystem. This was nature at its best.
Visiting each island was different and made it even more exciting as I didn’t know what to expect on the next island. Back in Honolulu, after arriving from the cruise, it was time to pack up my suitcases. I boarded my 10-hour flight back home to Sydney. This was a journey that would stay in my mind and heart forever.
Cruising the Hawaiian Islands not only provided me to discover and explore Hawaii’s hidden secrets; beautiful landscapes, lush tropical rainforest, rich Hawaiian cultural history and white sandy beaches but realising the destruction of the active volcano has done certainly provided with full of surprises how nature can it be at its best.