Island of Hawaii tops all other destinations on ‘Best Winter Vacations’ list
Lava flow on Big Island from Kilauea Volcano

Island of Hawaii tops all other destinations on ‘Best Winter Vacations’ list

ISLAND OF HAWAII — It’s official: the island of Hawaii has been named the #1 destination in the world for ‘Best Winter Vacations’ in 2018.

According to the travellers and editors of U.S. News & World Report, the island – the youngest and largest of all the Hawaiian Islands – topped the list of 20 global destinations.

If that weren’t enough, the island of Hawaii has been recognized on U.S. News & World Report’s ‘Best Vacations’ lists in multiple categories for ‘Golf’, ‘Beach Honeymoon Destination’ and ‘Adventure Vacation’.

“Despite an uncharacteristically challenging year of natural occurrences, especially considering Kilauea volcano’s latest lava flow this past summer, this award exemplifies what we’ve been sharing with travellers all along – it’s a great time to visit Hawaii Island,” said Ross Birch, executive director of the Island of Hawaii Visitors Bureau. “We’re honoured to be recognized, as our island offers diverse experiences for travellers year-round. Seasonally, humpback whale watching is a spectacular draw beginning November. The weather will continue to be warm and favorable throughout the winter months.”

The island of Hawaii’s diverse and unique landscapes set the backdrop for a multitude of outdoor activities, including hiking, snorkelling, sailing, biking, road-tripping, ziplining, horseback riding, aerial tours and stargazing. Travellers can learn about the destination’s history and culture at five national parks, sites and trails, including the recently re-opened Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The island also boasts 266 miles of coastline and the most marine conservation districts of all the Hawaiian Islands.

More than 700 destinations worldwide were analyzed as part of U.S. News & World Report’s ‘Best Vacations’ rankings. Each destination is scored in 10 categories, from sights, culture and food to nightlife, adventure and romance, offering a comprehensive evaluation of each destination.

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