Hawaii (The big Island) – A City Guide

Introduction

There’s no place on earth quite like this handful of sun-drenched,
mid-Pacific islands. The Hawaii of South Seas literature and Hollywood
films really does exist. Here one will find palm-fringed blue lagoons,
lush rainforests, hidden gardens, cascading waterfalls, wild rivers
running through rugged canyons, and soaring volcanoes. And those
beaches — gold, red, black, and even green sands caressed by endless
surf – a perfect place for spending holidays.

History

After a series of battles that ended in 1795 and peaceful cession of
the island of Kauai in 1810, the Hawaiian Islands were united for the
first time under a single ruler who would become known as King
Kamehameha the Great. He established the House of Kamehameha, a dynasty
that ruled over the kingdom until 1872. One of the most important
events during those years was the suppression of the Hawaii Catholic
Church. The Newlands Resolution was passed on July 7, 1898, formally
annexing Hawaii as a United States territory. In 1900, it was granted
self-governance and retained Iolani Palace as the territorial capitol
building. In March 1959, both houses of Congress passed the Admission
Act and U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed it into law. On June
27 of that year, a plebiscite was held asking residents of Hawaii to
vote on accepting the statehood bill. After statehood, Hawaii quickly
became a modern state with a construction boom and rapidly growing
economy.

Place of Interest

It will not be a small list if anyone tries to make a list of all
tourist attractions. The partial list should be look like this:

  • Akaka Falls,
  • Captain Dan McSweeney’s Year-Round Whale-Watching Adventures
  • Captain Zodiac,
  • Ellison S. Onizuka Space Center,
  • Fair Wind Snorkeling and Diving Adventures,
  • Hapuna Golf Course,
  • Mauna Lani Frances I’i Brown Championship Courses,
  • Pololu Valley Lookout,
  • Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park,
  • World Botanical Garden.

Museums & Art Galleries

Some of the major museums are

  • East Hawaii Cultural Center
  • Hulihee Palace Museum
  • Jaggar Museum
  • Kamuela Museum
  • Kona Historical Society
  • Lyman House Memorial Museum
  • Mokupapapa: Discovery Center For Hawaii’s Remote Coral Reefs
  • Pacific Tsunami Museum
  • Parker Ranch Museum

are some of the museums in Big Island.Hawaii’s Big Island has a number of art gallery and cultural
centers. Among them:

  • Hawaiian Art Network
  • Dreams Of Paradise
  • Gallery Of Great Things
  • Holualoa Gallery
  • Spirit Art Studio
  • Volcano Garden Arts

are some to mention about.Shopping

Hawaii Big Island hosts open market places with hundreds of merchants
selling their hand crafted items under the open sky. These market
places are one of the main tourist attractions here. Alii Gardens
Marketplace, Long Ears Coffee Company, Kuaiwi Farm, Mountain Thunder
Coffee Plantation, Akatsuka Orchid Gardens, Anthuriums Of Hawaii,
Hawaii Greenhouse Inc., Panaewa Hawaiian Homelands Farmers Market,
Volcano Farmers Market are some of the famous marketplaces.

Besides these market places shopping malls and individual shops are
there in Hawaii Big Island. Hilo Hattie – The Store of Hawaii, Hilo
Shopping Center, Keauhou Shopping Center, King’s Shops, Kona Coast
Shopping Center, Lanihau Center are some shopping centers in Hawaii Big
Island.

Food & Drink

So many restaurants, so little time for a traveler when it comes the
time to wine and dine in Big Island. The Big Island’s delicious dilemma
is its daunting size and abundant offerings of its own cuisine. Shaka
Restaurant, Anthony’s Bistro & Bar, Charley’s Bar & Grill,
Grand Palace, Ting Hao, Bamboo Restaurant, Hualalai Grille By Alan
Wong, Merriman’s, Aloha Angel Café, Big Island Grill are some of
the great places for wine and dine. Except these restaurants and bars,
Hawaii Big Island has a lot to offer to satisfy everyone’s taste bud.

Education

Big Island hosts

  • More than 37 Public schools,
  • More than 15 Private schools,
  • University of Hawaii at Hilo
  • Hawaii Community College – part of the University of Hawaii
    System.
  • Students choosing private education attend Brigham Young
    University
    Hawaii, Chaminade University of Honolulu, Hawaii Pacific University
    and University of the Nations.

Sports

Hawaii Big Island has lots to offer for the tourists to attend and
participate in different sports like Scuba diving, Horse back riding,
fishing, Golf, Cycling and hiking.

Hotels & Accommodation

Some budget hotels in Hawai are mentioned bellow.

  • Aaah the Views Bed & Breakfast
  • Affordable Hawaii at Pomaikai (Lucky) Farm Bed & Breakfast
  • Cook’s Discoveries Waimea Suite
  • Kona Tiki Hotel
  • Volcano Bed & Breakfast
  • The Bay House
  • Manago Hotel

Beside these budget hotels some mid range to hi-end hotels are there:

  • Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Kaupulehu
  • Kona Village Resort
  • The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii
  • Hilton Waikoloa Village
  • Horizon Guest House
  • Kanaloa at Kona

Tours
and Sightseeing

Organized
tours are available in Hawaii
Big Island. Beside the beaches these tours cover all the Hawaii Big
Island places and activities. Tours’ nature is guided or self guided.
The tours are rich in contents. It may be walking
or hiking tours through Thurston Lava Tube at Hawaii
Volcanoes National Park, or snorkeling
in Kahaluu Beach Park or it may be a submarine
tour into the Underwater
World. Different
tours are there in offer. The Ellison S. Onizuka Space Center,
Watching the Volcano is also in the content of the tour.

Transport

Flying is the most common way to get to Hawaii’s Big Island. Air
travelers are serviced by Kona International Airport (KOA) on the west
side of the island, and Hilo International Airport (ITO) on the east.
National and international carriers offer both direct and non-stop
flights to KOA and ITO.

An alternate method of getting to Hawaii’s Big Island is aboard a
cruise ship. Several ships make weekly stops in Hilo Harbor on the East
side, and also generally visit Kailua Bay on the West side.

Different car rental is available for transportation. These car rentals
can be done by the on request to the hotels. The Big Island’s public
transportation system, called Hele-On, consists of a main route between
Hilo and Kailua-Kona that operates once a day in each direction, plus
several feeder routes to Volcano, Pahoa and Waikoloa that run two or
three times a day.

About the Author

Name: Nivedita Balamurugan

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Nova Scotia – Fun and Recreation

Known as “Canada’s Ocean Playground,” Nova Scotia delivers amazing recreational opportunities. Obviously, water sports are popular with visitors to this Atlantic Province. Boating, swimming, kayaking, sailing and surfing, as well as fishing, are perfect ways to spend the day in scenic Nova Scotia. This province has beautiful beaches for an evening stroll or a morning of beachcombing with the kids. Vacationers can play in or by the ocean.

Yet this beautiful province offers as much excitement and adventure on land as on the sea. Visitors can enjoy whale watching (even from lookout points on land) or bird watching in the forests. Whether you prefer walking and hiking, riding a bicycle or an all-terrain vehicle, skydiving or geocaching, Nova Scotia has adventures waiting for every visitor.

Kids love camping and taking part in the events and activities in Nova Scotia parks. This province believes that “parks are for people.” Following up on that theme, the parks host free events.

All ages enjoy the various tours – boat tours, nature and wildlife tours, and town and country tours. Nova Scotia’s outdoor adventure tours and multi-activity adventures will satisfy the strongest craving for adventure.

‘Into the Wilderness Expedition’ is just one of the multi-activity adventures. On this trip, groups can explore the natural environment with professional naturalists as their guide. ‘Sea Spray Outdoor Adventures’ at Smelt Brook can be guided or self-guided tours (or full-day or half-day excursions). The adventures can include whale watching in Cape Islander or zodiac boats, as well as kayaking, hiking, and cycling. This adventure tour is available year-round and will include cross-country and backcountry skiing and snowshoeing in winter.

Golf lovers can choose from outstanding courses across the province. The Abercrombie Country Club is in New Glasgow. The Annapolis Royal Golf and County Club overlooks the Annapolis River and Fort Anne. Visitors can find comfortable and affordable Nova Scotia hotels in this picturesque region.

Nova Scotia offers several vacation packages. People can focus their holidays on do-it-yourself activities, guided outings, extended tours, or just play it by air. Visitors will always find fun ‘things to do’ in this province and there is something for everyone. This exceptional Atlantic Province provides diverse experiences.

Everyone enjoys the province’s parks (referred to as “Nature’s Resorts”). As an alternative, vacationers can relax in a health spa or wellness centre in a spectacular setting. Tourists can even take part in Aboriginal Tourism including visits to aboriginal cultural centres, learning about the traditions and culture of the people, and attending traditional events such as an Annual Powwow.

As well, Nova Scotia offers the Outdoors-Woman® (BOW) program, a workshop aimed primarily at women, to help them learn outdoor skills. BOW® focuses on fishing, hunting, and additional outdoor activities, as well as building bonds and friendship among women.

Sydney Information and Travel Guide

Australia’s capital, Sydney is truly a place of royal beauty and elegant style. Situated in the south east coast, this place is a very famous holiday destination due to its national landmark, superb beaches and beautiful sunshine.
As it is a beautiful and very well known tourist hotspot, you should always get all the information regarding this place. If you are planning a tour to Sydney, then gather all Sydney information so that you actually know everything and your tour is free of all hassles. There are numerous websites which offers Sydney information which can be very helpful and informative.

These websites will also provide Sydney activities which can be experienced while your visit this beautiful place. Sydney has numerous activities to explore. Here are few activities which should be explored while you travel to Sydney:

Climb Sydney Harbour Bridge
Visit the Sydney Tower
Enjoy a Cruise at Sydney Harbour
Take a Trip to the Beach
Visit Sydney’s Museums
Go Underwater at Sydney Aquarium

The above mentioned Sydney activities will surely make your trip very adventures and fun filled. It is always superb to explore these activities for a true memorable tour to Sydney.

There are numerous Sydney events also which are offered to the guest for a complete entertainment. Here are few Sydney events which you should see for a brilliant holiday:

Big Day Out Sydney
The Sydney Festival
The Sydney Royal Easter Show
The Sydney Writers Festival
The Sydney Home Show Expo
Sydney Italian Festival
Sun Herald City 2 Surf Festival
Sydney World Masters Games
Byron Bay Writers Festival

Cape Town Lures Visitors With Spectacular Beauty and a Rich Cultural Diversity

Cape Town has had a long and turbulent history. With Apartheid still linger in the minds and hearts of its people. Transformation has led to the new ‘Rainbow Nation’, which can be experienced in the cosmopolitan city centre of Cape Town.

Flower sellers, business executives, parking attendants, office workers and shoppers all rub shoulders in a setting of both historical and modern buildings, backed by the city’s most famous landmark, Table Mountain. The colourful Malay Quarter, the remains of District Six, St George’s Cathedral, Government Avenue and the old Castle are historically significant, while world-class African and international restaurants tempt travellers with their culinary delights.

Although an African city, Cape Town has a European flavour but the city has comforts of First World standard.

Cape Town’s unique setting means that it can be enjoyed from various vantage points: Table Mountain provide breathtaking vistas over the city bowl and the Cape peninsula.

You can find many scenic routes along magnificent stretches of coastline and inland terrain leading to special places like Cape Point.

The city has four distinct seasons.

Summer – White sandy beaches, Autumn – Crisp colours, Winter – Ferocity of stormy seas in winter, Spring – Show of Cape ‘fynbos’ flowers.

From culture, history and scenery – to an unforgettable experience.

Cape Town is a special place with much to contribute towards its growing reputation as a favoured travel destination.

Cape Town Excursions

** Robben Island and Table Mountain

South Africa’s most widely known tourist attraction is probably Robben Island, seven miles (11 km) from Cape Town in the centre of Table Bay.

For nearly 400 years this tiny rocky island outcrop was utilised as a place of banishment, exile, isolation and imprisonment for numerous categories of people ostracised by society, ranging from political protestors to lepers.

During the years of Apartheid, Robben Island became synonymous with institutional brutality as numerous freedom fighters, including the island’s most famous resident Nelson Mandela, were imprisoned here for more than a quarter of a century.

The island is now a museum, symbolising liberation and the triumph of the human spirit. Regular island tours are conducted, lasting three and a half hours. The tours, which are guided by former prisoners, include a visit to the maximum-security prison on the island where an estimated 3,000 freedom fighters were incarcerated between 1962 and 1991.

** Capman’s Peak Drive lookout Chapman’s Peak

Chapman’s Peak Drive is one of the most spectacular coastal roads in South Africa, linking the seaside community of Hout Bay to the Noordhoek Valley along the Atlantic Coast, with breathtaking views from along the narrow, winding road blasted into the cliffs.

Constructed in 1915, the six-mile (9km) route took about seven years to complete and was built as a shorter, alternative route between Cape Town central and the South Peninsula. Many visitors use this scenic route to reach Cape Point Nature Reserve situated at the tip of the Peninsula.

** Penguins on Boulders Beach

A recommended day excursion from the city includes a trip through the southern suburbs and along the scenically beautiful False Bay coastline via Muizenberg to Simonstown, South Africa’s principal naval base.

Simonstown lies about 25 miles (40km) from the city and is a quaint town built around a naval dockyard, with well-preserved Victorian buildings, museums, sidewalk cafes and local legends to learn about. One such legend is about a dog called ‘Just Nuisance’ who ‘joined’ the British navy, becoming their mascot, when Simonstown was a British base.

A short distance from the town is Boulder’s beach, famous for its protected colony of African Penguins (formerly Jackass Penguin) that can be viewed from the boardwalks.

Transport: Metrorail suburban train from Cape Town’s central station; Admission: Boulders Beach Penguin Colony: R15 (adults), R5 (scholars)

** Cape Point

Most visitors to Cape Town are keen to make a day trip 40 miles (65km) from the city to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, not only to take in its floral diversity in what at first sight appears to be a bleak landscape, but to stand at the top of the towering promontory at the most southerly point of the Cape Peninsula (not of Africa, visitors must go further afield to Cape Agulhus for this).

From the viewpoint and lighthouse at Cape Point, reached via a funicular, it is awesome to watch the thundering waves crashing at the base of the cliffs 686ft (209m) below. The reserve itself is worth exploring, particularly on foot, for those interested in birds and botany. The restaurant at Cape Point has a terrace offering spectacular views.

Resident baboons here enjoy the spoils from tourists’ snacks – particularly their ice-cream; they can be quite aggressive. Because feeding of the baboons carries a stiff penalty, it is worth ensuring there are no free lunches for these hirsute scavengers!

** Cape Town township Township Tours

The N2 highway that connects Cape Town International Airport to the city is lined with townships, consisting of a mixture of shacks and solid buildings. During the days of apartheid, people of colour were not allowed to live in the white suburbs and were banished to areas away from the city. Township tours allow visitors to experience how the majority of Capetonians live in the townships that surround the city.

Guides, often residents, take visitors around to meet the people, see community projects, have a drink in a ‘shebeen’ (township pub) and shop for local crafts. Each township has its own colourful character, and despite their difficult living conditions, residents are generally hospitable and delighted to receive visitors.

Townships were once no-go areas for many people, but today a visit is becoming a popular experience for tourists to Cape Town.

Visit Langa, the oldest of South Africa’s black townships, established in 1923, or the newest and second largest in the country, Khayelitsha, which dates from the 1980s. Guguletu and Nyanga were set up in the 1950s.

Visitors are advised not to visit the townships alone; there are many tour companies that offer tours, including transport to and from the township areas. Contact the Cape Town Tourism Visitor Information Centre or its satellite, the Sivuyile Tourism Centre in Guguletu for information about tours, accommodation and entertainment in the townships.

** Bathing houses at Muizenberg Muizenberg

A historical beach-side suburb on the False Bay coast, Muizenberg is popular with families for its long, gentle-sloping beach, warm water, beautiful views, and activities such as mini-golf and supertubing. The beach is famous for its row of colourful changing houses and is a photo favourite from the mountain road far above. Muizenberg beach has also long been the preference of beginner surfers and several popular surf schools have been established at Surfers Corner, the closest side to the mountain. False Bay is known for its Great White Shark population, but a shark watch service is in operation to give warning to bathers and surfers. A scenic walkway below the railway line links Muizenberg to the next seaside village of St James with its tidal pool. The delightful fishing village of Kalk Bay is a few minutes drive away with its protected harbour, and its main street lined with fascinating antique and art shops, as well as cafes and restaurants.