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Top 5 National Parks in Hawaii

From protected shoreline areas to elevated mountain ranges, the top 5 national parks in Hawaii boast some of the best views and natural scenery in Hawaii.

Not only can you spend a few weeks in Hawaii enjoying walks and hikes through the best national parks in Hawaii, but you can also enjoy some of the best guided tours of the parks by visiting HawaiiDiscount.com.

Here are our top 5 national parks in Hawaii – and some of the best tours to help you make the most of these special parts of the Aloha State:

  1. Waimea Canyon State Park, Kauai

Known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, Waimea Canyon State Park in Kauai is made up of deep red rocks that were created after a series of volcanic eruptions.

One of the wettest places on earth, the canyon’s Waialeale Peak also feeds the Waimea River with rainfall and adds to the spectacular scenery in the park. One of the best ways to see the canyon is from the sky, where you can really enjoy the beautiful colors and natural wonders that make up the area.

See Waimea Canyon State Park as well as some of Kauai’s other natural highlights with Sunshine Helicopter’s popular helicopter tour, Ultimate Kauai Adventure.

  1. Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Oahu

Hanauma Bay, on Oahu’s south shore, is a nature preserve that is one of Hawaii’s most popular snorkeling areas.

The bay is not like some of the other beach destinations in Hawaii – you won’t find beach sports or surfers here – instead, you will find plenty of nature and fragile marine life. After years of neglect and abuse from visitors to the area, the City and County of Honolulu established the bay as a Marine Life Conservation District. Now it is less of a tourist destination and more of an educational destination, aimed at teaching visitors about the importance of the nature and marine life that call the bay home.

You can enjoy an educational and fun guided snorkel at the bay with Hanauma Bay Snorkel.

  1. Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, The Big Island

In the south Kona area of the Big Island, the Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park is a preservation site dedicated to the ancient Hawaiians that broke kapu (the strict laws that ruled the population).

It was a place during war for non-combatants and defeated warriors to take refuge. You can visit the temple that houses the bones of 23 Hawaiian chiefs and the royal grounds of a Hawaiian chief’s home.

Take an professional guided tour of the park and other Kona highlights with Roberts Hawaii Shore Excursions on the Historic Kona Tour.

  1. Haleakala National Park, Maui

The Haleakala National Park in Maui is home to the island’s highest peak, Haleakala Peak, which is 10,023 feet above sea level.

Most people choose to visit the park at before dawn to see the sunrise over the mountain. Take the winding road to the top in the early hours of the morning on the Spectacular Haleakala Sunrise Tour from Polynesian Adventure Tours.

Just remember to bring warm clothes for the early morning, as it can be chilly at the top even in the summer.

  1. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, The Big Island

Arguably the most exciting of all of the national parks, the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on The Big Island gives you the opportunity to see some real lava in action.

The 333,086-acre park boasts the world’s most active volcano, Kilauea, and the 13,677-foot-high Mauna Loa volcano. Kilauea is famed for having the second longest-lasting eruption in history, since it has been erupting since 1983.

Experience the national park, its volcanoes and more of The Big Island’s exceptional landscape with KapohoKine Adventures on the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park & Waterfall Explorer.

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