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The 7 Best Things to Do in Kauai




Lush and green, Kauai is the oldest of the Hawaiian Islands; created from a single volcano rising from the ocean floor. A tropical paradise, the island has been the backdrop for many cinematic blockbusters from Jurassic Park to King Kong. So whether you hope to hike the North Shore peaks or soar over the towering seacliffs, kayak the jungle waterways or hang-ten at Hanalei, Hawaii’s ground zero for surfing, and there’s no better escape. Here is a list of our favorite things to do in Kauai:




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Topics: Americas, Hawaii


Snorkeling in Hawaii: 6 Tips for First-Timers




One of the best things about YMT Vacations’ Ultimate Hawaii Tour with the Pearl Harbor Experience is that it offers that perfect mix of organized group tours and relaxing leisure time. During your down time, there’s nothing better than hitting the beaches and diving into the crystal-clear waters. Snorkeling is an easy and enjoyable escape that lets you explore the beauty that lies beneath the surface of Hawaii’s waters. Whether it’s your first time or if you just need a refresher, there are a few things you’ll need to know before you dive in. With some basic skills, good equipment and ocean knowledge, you can avoid the common mistakes and ensure a great time exploring the sea.




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Topics: Americas, Hawaii, Travel Tips


Why You Should Spend January in Hawaii



The presents have all been unwrapped, the decorations are put away and the guests have returned home as quickly as the New Year has come. Now faced with the chill of a long January in the snow, perhaps you’re looking for somewhere warm to relax and recuperate from the busy holiday season. What about a Hawaiian vacation? There’s no place more beautiful and no better time to discover the Aloha State than the slow travel period that begins in January.




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Topics: Americas, Planning a Vacation, Hawaii


Aloha! 14 Words You Should Know Before Visiting Hawaii




In 1893, Queen Liluokalani was deposed by a group of American sugar planters with the help of a division of the U.S. Marines, making her the last reigning monarch of Hawaii. For more than six decades the islands, which were originally settled by Polynesian voyagers, remained a U.S. protectorate until March 1959 when Hawaii finally became the 50th state of the Union. A year later, the final star was added to the American flag.




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Paradise for Less: Eating on a Budget in Hawaii




It’s no secret, a Hawaiian vacation is a splurge. But with YMT Vacations and some creative planning, this once-in-a-lifetime journey can be a true value -- even for retirees on a fixed income. Here’s how to make the most of your dollar on your next Hawaiian vacation:




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Topics: Hawaii


“Mighty Mo”: Exploring the USS Battleship Missouri




On September 2, 1945 the Allied and Axis powers met aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay to end World War II. In a solemn ceremony, representatives of the Empire of Japan and General Mac Arthur stepped forward to sign the Instrument of Surrender, thereby restoring peace to the world. After years of war and devastation, and the horrific events of Pearl Harbor, the greatest generation was left to remember and honor the sacrifice of America’s soldiers. 




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Topics: Hawaii


Trail Mix: All The Tips You’ll Need to Hike Kauai




Kauai is known for hiking. In fact, some of the world’s most picturesque trails snake their way across this Hawaiian island. From coastal treks to mountain peaks, through rain forests and valley trails that make their way to majestic waterfalls, Kauai has something for everyone. With trails for all levels, the island offers many tempting day outings. However, if you’re thinking of hiking Kauai as a beginner, there are a few tips you’ll need to keep in mind to make the most of your time and ensure your safety:




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Topics: Hawaii


Beach Photography Tips: Capturing Hawaii’s Best Side




You’ve bought the ticket, packed the bags, and now you’re headed to paradise. But while a week in Hawaii may be picture-perfect, capturing that beauty on film or in your social media posts may not be as easy as it looks. With harsh sunlight and an endless horizon, getting the ideal beach shot takes some practice. Here are our top tips for beach photography:




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Poke’: Hawaii’s Best-Loved Food




Poke’ is as synonymous with Hawaii as cheesesteak is with Philadelphia. You’ll find it everywhere from food trucks and gas stations, to grocery stores and surf shacks. For years, locals have been enjoying poke’ out of plastic storage dishes while seated on the hoods of cars or standing in food parks overlooking the beach. But recently, poke’ has made its way ashore, finding a place on upscale restaurant menus across the mainland. So just what is it? And, why should we by rushing to try a bite of this Hawaiian raw fish recipe that is suddenly getting its due?




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What is Hawaii Really Like?: Discovering the Islands With YMT Vacations




It’s hard to miss the Polynesian man in the sulu sarong. The grass skirt the tour guide wears has been passed down for generations from his grandmother who wove the coconut hind herself. It’s just one of the ways Walter Tonga stays connected to the islands and his own rich cultural heritage.




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Topics: Hawaii