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Vacation Rentals In Hawaii

09.25.10

imageIf you’re dreaming of a holiday filled with warm, sunny weather, gorgeous sandy beaches and stunning scenery, why not head to the US state of Hawaii?

You can visit the beautiful islands of Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, and Big Island – and each one has so much to offer its visitors.

What’s more, there is a great range of self catering properties available here, so it’s an ideal destination for a holiday property rental.

There is something for everyone in Hawaii. Not surprisingly, it’s a beach lovers’ paradise. But there are also many places to explore, tourist attractions to see and various sporting activities available here.

Kauai, which is also known as the Garden Island, is a great destination for those keen on outdoor activities, such as hiking, fishing, golfing, wind surfing, horseback riding and scuba diving. But if you’re looking to do something less energetic, you can simply chill out and sunbathe on one of Kauai’s delightful beaches.

The island of Oahu is another great Hawaiian destination. Here you will find Honolulu, the capital of the state of Hawaii. Honolulu itself boasts plenty to see and do, including museums, historic buildings, art galleries, restaurants and bars. While you are there, try to visit Iolani Palace. Also in Honolulu is the Ala Moana Center, the world famous shopping centre which is a must-visit for all those who are looking to enjoy some retail therapy!

While you are staying on Oahu, you should also check out the world famous Waikiki Beach, which is an ideal place to learn how to surf.

Molokai is another delightful Hawaiian island which is well worth a visit. If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and want to just relax during your holiday, this is the ideal holiday destination. You will find peace and tranquility in Molokai, which is also known as The Friendly Island.

If you are a keen golfer, you should head to the island of Lanai, as it has two championship golf courses! And on Lanai you can see Keahiakawelo (also known as Garden of the Gods), which is an amazing landscape with various shapes and sizes of rocks and boulders.

There’s also the Hawaiian island of Maui. This is a good location to go humpback whale watching. You should be able to see the whales around Maui from mid-December to mid-May each year. You can take a boat trip and, hopefully, will catch a sighting of these incredible creatures during your visit here.

Hawaii’s Big Island, meanwhile, is a great island to explore. Here you can visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, which is a popular tourist attraction.

Not surprisingly, Hawaii is a perfect wedding and honeymoon destination. This is a truly beautiful part of the world to get married and to spend an idyllic honeymoon, too.

But whether you’re planning on tying the knot or not, Hawaii makes a superb location for any holiday, whether it’s a family vacation, a sporting trip or a more relaxing break.

These beautiful Hawaiian islands have something to offer everyone. And no matter which island you choose, you are likely to have a fun and relaxing time during your holiday.

Finding a Discount Cruise

09.22.10

imageCruising is one of the options you can prefer to in case you want to have some different vacation experience. Modern cruise ships have varying amenities that will surely make you stay for a week or two. Lounges, swimming pools, casinos, fitness center, beauty salon, massage and spa center-you can experience it all by going on a cruise travel.If you are worrying about the foods that you will miss back home, worry no more. These cruise ships also offers the finest dishes-whether Oriental, French, Southern, or Italian-that will make your stomach always full for the rest of your cruising vacation. You can even gain more weight after your vacation!All of these are included in the travel package cruise lines are offering to you. With array of amenities and delicious delicacies available on-board, expect that it will cost you more than a thousand bucks. You are considering getting yourself a cruise that is within your budget. How can you get one?First thing that you may do is to have a concrete plan before you actually book your cruise. In this case, you have two options: either you hire a travel agent that will work out everything to give you the discounted cruise you are looking for or you do it all by yourself.Since you are getting a cruise within your budget, it is advisable that you take the second option. Instead of paying hundreds of bucks to your travel agent, it is wise that you add the fee to your cruise payment. Here are the things that you can consider in planning your cruise. 1.  Have a visit on different travel agencies and request for some cruise brochures. Check out for some cruise offers. It will help you decide on the best destinations, types of accommodations, and amenities that you can avail while on-board.2.  After gathering such brochures, read it. Figure out what destinations you want to go. Almost all cruise lines provide ship routes on popular destinations like Caribbean, Mexico, and Alaska. In these destinations, there is a high chance that they are providing discount cruise package.3.  Decide on the duration of your vacation. Ideal cruises range from 3 days up to 2 weeks, but there are also cruises that last up to a month.4.  Make up your mind on the budget that you will spend on your cruising vacation. There are numerous categories of cruises: budget, moderate, deluxe, and ultra-deluxe. Compare these categories and decide on which you can afford.5.  You can also inquire on the cancellation fee in case you cannot make it on the day of your departure. Ask the travel agency if what instances cruise lines impose such fees.If you have decided on the things you will do, the next step now is getting yourself a discounted cruise. It is mentioned earlier that there are several categories of cruise package: the budget, moderate, deluxe, and ultra-deluxe. All of these package categories offer discounts although not all the time. Therefore, if you are now ready, here are the tips that you can use to get your discount luxury cruise.1.  Have your cruise in off-season. Your purpose is to have a vacation, not to make some show-off to co-vacationers. There is no reason at all to make your trip on peak season if your budget is meager. Just like airline travel, prices at this time are getting expensive.2.  In case you really want to travel on peak season, have your bookings a few weeks before or after the peak season. You will save money if you do that suggestion.3.  Decide which cruise line and cruise ship you want to travel with. From the travel brochures you have collected, check the cruise lines that offers discount on their cruise package. 4.  If you plan to spend more of your time in the cabin, then get yourself an inside cabin. It is quite cheaper, except that you will never know what time of day it is since no day light enters your room. In this case, provide yourself a clock.5.  In case you cannot find discounted cruise packages from cruise lines, avail of the services of your travel agency. Just like flight consolidators, travel agencies can purchase bulk ticket. Thus, they can provide discounted luxury cruise.It is important that you enjoy your cruise without worrying on your budget. Just follow the aforementioned steps and get yourself a discount cruise for your vacation.

Benefits Of Aloha Vacations

09.10.10

imageHawaii is one of the most beautiful states of the United States America in the central Pacific Ocean comprising the Hawaiian Islands. The Hawaiian Islands historically known as the Sandwich Islands were included in the U.S. territory in 1900.Tourists to this place can stay at any of the innumerable hotels there but those with budget restrictions can opt for Hawaii apartment rentals.These apartment rentals have several advantages over hotel rooms. Short-term apartment rentals are meant especially to cater to travelers. These apartments are fully furnished and will give you a certain amount of independence, especially in cooking your favorite meals, which is not possible in hotel rooms.Renting an apartment in Hawaii allows you the comfort of a private residence. There is no checking in with the front desk, no one telling you that you can’t have guests in your apartment, and no hawkers standing outside our apartment trying to sell souvenirs like they do in front of hotels. If you cook, you have a full kitchen and are able to buy your own food at a local market instead of paying high hotel prices for meals.Hawaii is considered one of the best vacation destinations in the world. Tourists coming here must be not willing to settle for anything less than the best when it comes to accommodation. The best art of Hawaiian vacation rentals is that they are everywhere you will want to be during your Hawaiian vacation. You can have your condo in Waikiki Beach on Oahu or your beach villa in Kihei, Maui. There are rentals available on all major islands and in all the hottest and most secluded locations. So whether you are looking for the lap of luxury, the fast and furious good time, or the romantic hideaway, your wish and dream vacation can come true.These vacation rentals have several benefits. These are:1) Privacy is the biggest benefit that you get at Hawaii vacation rentals. You will defiantly enjoy the complete privacy.2) During your stay in these vacation rentals you will sure get homely comforts. Not only this, you will get all essential amenities inside these accommodations that are necessary to make your stay comfortable and joyful.3) Hawaii vacation rentals offer you much more space than hotel rooms. These are ideal places to stay if you are planning a vacation with your family. Every member of family will get enough room to move around. This is sharp contrast to hotel rooms where you feel cramped for space.Finally, there are many other advantages also of staying at Hawaii vacation rentals during your holiday trip. However, it is not possible to narrate every one here. The best way is to experience yourself by hiring one whenever you go on a vacation next time.

Traveling Around the Hawaiian Islands

08.27.10

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Got your mind on that much deserved break? Would you like to get away from all the hustle and bustle of city life? Why not go traveling around the Hawaiian Islands? Let me give you a brief tour around the famous Hawaiian Islands.
 
The Hawaiian Islands have everything that you could imagine a paradise would have. From its multicultural people with the aloha spirit to beautiful surroundings with warm, tranquil, sandy beaches merging with rain forests, heavenly waterfalls, and marvelous historical sites. There’s no place like Hawaii.
 
Hop around the Hawaiian Island chain and you will discover the beauty and uniqueness of each island. There are six major islands that you can easily visit in Hawaii…Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, and Hawaii, or the “Big Island.” Each island offers a distinct and extraordinary experience. We invite you to explore Hawaii and find the most unique island experience for you, your family, or your business group.
 
First, I’ll show you the majestic island of Kauai. Kauai is about 20 minutes by air from Honolulu. Kauai is often called the Garden Isle due to its everlasting beauty, comparable enough to the Garden of Eden.
 
Things to do in Kauai:
 

Traveling Around the Hawaiian Islands

08.21.10

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Got your mind on that much deserved break? Would you like to get away from all the hustle and bustle of city life? Why not go traveling around the Hawaiian Islands? Let me give you a brief tour around the famous Hawaiian Islands.
 
The Hawaiian Islands have everything that you could imagine a paradise would have. From its multicultural people with the aloha spirit to beautiful surroundings with warm, tranquil, sandy beaches merging with rain forests, heavenly waterfalls, and marvelous historical sites. There’s no place like Hawaii.
 
Hop around the Hawaiian Island chain and you will discover the beauty and uniqueness of each island. There are six major islands that you can easily visit in Hawaii…Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, and Hawaii, or the “Big Island.” Each island offers a distinct and extraordinary experience. We invite you to explore Hawaii and find the most unique island experience for you, your family, or your business group.
 
First, I’ll show you the majestic island of Kauai. Kauai is about 20 minutes by air from Honolulu. Kauai is often called the Garden Isle due to its everlasting beauty, comparable enough to the Garden of Eden.
 
Things to do in Kauai:
 

HD RELAXATION 2- OAHU BEACHES – MUSIC VIDEO – MEDITATION

08.06.10

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Family Fun Activities on a Cruise Ship

08.01.10

imageYou won’t be hard pressed these days to find a cruise line that caters to kids. In the last 10 years or so, a growing number of cruise companies have included the little ones on their activity agendas. Some cruise companies have even integrated the concept of babysitting services so that mom and dad can enjoy a moment to themselves while onboard. Taking a cruise with the whole family is an excellent idea, and lest you think cruise vacations are expensive and are not for kids, think again. In fact, families can benefit from substantial discounts and yes, kids are most welcome. Your ship captain will be delighted to have them onboard. A cruise vacation for the kids can be considered an “off-the-beaten path” activity, an exciting alternative to riding in the car for long hours while the children’s patience is tested. On a ship, the distractions and activities are endless. You’ll never hear them ask, “when are we going to see land, dad?” Wonderful Whales

Kids — no matter what age — love animals. And they don’t get to see whales everyday. So Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, is a big treat for the kids, and mom and dad too. Castaway Cay is in the Bahamas, and all Disney cruises make a stop here. It’s called the “giant whale-dig site.” While kids stand in awe of the whales, mom and dad can relax with a massage in one of the cabanas.

Biking

While in Castaway Cay, Disney offers bike rentals so the whole family can explore the island. This is a great way to tame the kids’ soaring energy levels.  By exercising, they can release some of that pent up cabin fever and get to bed early.

Rock Climbing

Royal Caribbean International offers onboard rock climbing activities for the whole family. Ask about their Freedom of the Seas cruise vacation and their rock climbing activity in particular. This is another great way for the kids to release their energy and let loose.

A Bit of Classroom Education Known for their Alaska cruise destinations, Prince Cruises have different ways of entertaining families. On their Grand, Diamond and Coral class ships, the crew offers  a fun, supervised program for kids. If you want to give your kids the opportunity to learn some exciting facts about oceans and marine life, Princess Cruise offers captivating educational programs that the kids will love. While in Alaska, they can also listen to nature experts and rangers talk about the history of Alaska, the development of glaciers, native culture and dog sled races.

Treasure Hunts On your way to Hawaii? You may want to catch a flight to Honolulu and then take the Norwegian Cruise Line. Book the whole family on their Pride of Hawaii cruise vacation. This particular cruise is known for being family oriented. On the agenda: sports competitions, magicians and treasure hunts. There are also playrooms and teen hangouts. On this cruise, your children will also have the option to work out in the gym, sign up for dance lessons, or play basketball. Here’s a bonus: if your children are under two years old, they travel free.

Spa Treatments Many believe that the only way mom and daughter can bond is to have a manicure together. Carnival Cruise Lines offers manicures and several other programs that bring families together. The cruise ship offers spa and beauty treatments for kids aged 12-14  called the youth spa program.

Talent Shows For parents who have artistically inclined children or kids who love to dance and sing, Carnival Cruise Lines offers karaoke and talent shows. What better way to encourage your budding star? Imagine his or her thrill of competing live with other kids onboard?

Cruising with Kids on the Mediterranean Take advantage of Carnival’s family fun tours, which have just been recently included in some of their Mediterranean destinations. A few examples of these fun tours include a cultural expedition on a private yacht headed for Turkey’s Bosphorus, where children and parents can enjoy magnificent views of palatial buildings and ancient temples. Another tour goes to Ephesus in Izmir (supposedly one of the seven wonders of the world). If your kids are into steam engines, one tour has a museum stop for those who want to have a look at one of Europe’s largest collection of steam engines.

Snorkeling

If you or your kids admire the work of Jacques Cousteau, you must take the Paul Gauguin, Ambassadors of the Environment cruise, hosted by Regent Seven Seas Cruise Line. The company has joined hands with Ocean Futures Society of Jean-Michel Cousteau (son of Jacques Cousteau) to offer ecological tours that include day and night snorkelling and a journey to Moorea with an anthropologist. Your budding little oceanographers are sure to get a thrill out of this underwater exploration.

Visit the Safest City in the Nation on Your Hawaii Vacation

06.26.10

www.hawaii-aloha.com **Honolulu is currently ranked as the safest city in the United States. If anything, it’s getting even safer. Current FBI crime statistics indicate that there was a 22-percent decline in crime in Honolulu over the first six months of last year. Distributed by Tubemogul.

Beaches Ocean Waves # 79 – Mokuleia Army Beach from TV Show “Lost” Oahu, Hawaii

06.15.10

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Online Travel Agency Affordabletours.com Launches Resorts Division

06.10.10

imageFor nearly a decade, AffordableTours has offered travelers amazingly low pricing on three main types of vacations across the globe: escorted tours, river cruises and ocean cruises. Now, the Internet-based travel agency is offering competitive discounts — as well as its renowned personalized service — on worldwide resort vacations.