By Ashley W Simpson
This story originally appeared in the May/June 2018 issue of Elite Traveler.
The Island of Hawaii is unlike any other. Where else can you hike into the crater of a live, molten volcano, swim with dolphins in crystal-clear waters off a black-sand beach, dine on freshly caught mahi-mahi by the ocean, and even heli-ski on the extinct volcano of Mauna Kea, all in the same day? The youngest Hawaiian island has 10 of the world’s 13 micro-climates, five different volcanoes including the active Kīlauea, world-class surfing and incredibly lush jungles coupled with fields of black lava rock. It is the perfect place to explore wild, rare nature during the day, relax to live music with a passion fruit cocktail in hand as the sun sets, and enjoy the warmth, history and always laid-back vibes of the 50th state. Come for the quiet, calm and intense natural beauty. Wander through quaint fishing villages, dine on mouth-watering, completely locally sourced regional Hawaiian cuisine or ride horses through valleys and rain forests. For true relaxation, stunning landscapes and adventure, the island of Hawaii simply can’t be beat.