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Must See & Do.

1. Stargaze atop Maunakea. For a truly remarkable experience stargaze atop Maunakea, the tallest sea mountain in the world and home to many international observatories.

2. Walk on a volcano. Enjoy dozens of hiking trails and backcountry hikes in Hawai´i Volcanoes National Park. Explore elevations from sea level to just under 10,000ft.

3. Snorkel with manta rays. Swim with one of the largest fish in the ocean, the manta ray. With a wingspan of up to six metres or more, it’s possible to encounter these amazing creatures on an unforgettable night snorkel or dive off the Kona coast or Kohala coasts.

4. Circle the Island. Find out for yourself why the prestigious National Geographic magazine has named the drive around Hawai´i Island among its ‘50 Ultimate Road Trips in the World’. Remarkably you are able to encounter all but four of the worlds sub-climate zones here including desert plains, rainforest and snow-capped mountains.

5 Look into early Hawaiian culture. Step back into a fascinating ancient time in the sacred Pu‘uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park. Hundreds of years old yet beautifully restored, the park is magical at sunset.

6 Befriend a Hawaiian cowboy. Hawaiian cowboys (paniolo) used to roam the island on horseback, herding cattle across the rolling green pastures. Today, ranches in Kohala provide a variety of opportunities to experience the paniolo lifestyle.

7 Frolick in Kealakekua Bay. Schools of tropical fish swarm Kealakekua Bay on the Kona Coast, an ideal place for snorkelling and swimming with spinner dolphins often seen here.

8 Visit Downtown Hilo. Visit Hilo’s quaint shops and cultural sites including the Pacific Tsunami Museum and ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center. For fresh produce and made-in-Hawai´i crafts don’t miss the Hilo Farmers Market year-round every Wednesday and Saturday.

9 Sample sweet treats. Indulge in malasada (Portuguese doughnuts) and excellent Kona coffee. You’ll discover numerous coffee farms in Kona, with many offering free tours and delicious samples.

10 Golf Hawai´i Island. With its dramatic contours, wide-open spaces and fantastic variations in elevation, Hawai´i Island is unmatched. Most courses face the ocean and many are carved from ancient lava flows.

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Coax out your inner child at Tree House Villas, a luxury adults-only hideout on Thailand's stunning Koh Yao Noi Island.

After crossing a suspension bridge to get to your two-tiered luxury treehouse, you'll be met by elevated views across stunning Phang Nga Bay.

You'll get your very own personal bar, punge pool and a bath in the shape of a hammock. And, yes, of course there's a swing!!!

Contact a Mondo Specialist on 0800 110 108 to find out more.

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This month's Hawaii travel tips have been provided by Hawaiian Airlines own 'Captain Aloha', Rusty Willis, who has just returned from a self-drive exploration of Hawaii Island.

Ready to pack your bags for Hawaii? Call us on 0800 110 108.


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