If California is God's country, then what is Hawaii? Many Gods' country? Quite possibly the most beautiful place on Earth, Hawaii continues to astound travelers with its natural habitat and geological diversity of waterfalls, rainforests, waves and volcanoes. No wonder you never meet a Hawaiian who's decided to move to the mainland. With travel packages offered to many parts of the Hawaiian Islands, travelers continue to flock to deals offering full service to the 50th state of the United States of America.
Pleasant Holidays (tel. 800/742-9244; www.pleasantholidays.com) has three-night Hawaiian getaways to Waikiki and Maui starting from $309 from Los Angeles for air and land inclusive trips; from New York, the same trip starts from $609. These deals are good throughout January and for some locations (San Francisco and Los Angeles) through March 10, 2005. Accommodations are at the Ohana Maui Islander, located near the beach with pretty but basic rooms and an intimate swimming pool and room settings. In Waikiki stay at the Ohana Maile Sky Court, a centrally located hotel in downtown Waikiki near all the bars and well-known beach areas. Taxes are not included in the price of the package; prices are based on double occupancy.
Sun Trips (tel. 800/786-8747; www.suntrips.com) has a February special to Hawaii that includes a Valentines Day twist with a package that includes air, hotel and a rental car. The site offers five, six and seven night packages to Maui for $999, $1,159 and $1,299 that leave on February 12 or 13. Included is a daily American breakfast with lodging at the Royal Lahaina Resort Luau for two people. This package deal leaves from Oakland and should be booked as soon as possible due to availability. If your date says no to the Valentines Day extravaganza trip, then the site has other trips to Waikiki leaving throughout late February and early March. Also leaving from Oakland, these eight-day package trips include air, hotel and rental cars as well. While Sun Trips gives the traveler many choices of hotels, for $1,139 you can stay at the five-star Sheraton Moana Surfrider in Honolulu.
Shermans Travel (www.shermanstravel.com) out of New York is an online travel publisher that scours for deals provided by outside tour operators, and publishes them online; some are selected by editors and some are paid placements, similar to what Travel Zoo does. We found a deal on the Sherman site sold by Orbitz.com (tel. 866/540-7058; www.orbitz.com) that starts from $534 for a five-night stay at the Outrigger Reef on the Beach hotel in Waikiki and includes round-trip airfare out of Los Angeles. Prices are per person, based on two people traveling together, and don't include taxes. This offer has no set buy-by or travel-by dates, and is based solely on availability.
Also found via Shermanstravel.com, but much pricier, is an offer from Liberty Travel (tel. 888/271-1584; www.libertytravel.com) to Oahu for six nights to the Sheraton at Waikiki with airfare, hotel and a daily breakfast for $1,225. You need to book this trip by September 30, 2005 with travel good from February 8 to December 25, 2005. Other amenities are available such as a rental car through Alamo with a free upgrade to a convertible.
United Vacations (tel. 800/328-6877; www.unitedvacations.com) has a very solid deal to Hawaii. If you book by January 31, 2005, you can seal a deal on a trip anytime in 2005 (except Christmas week) that gives you a four-night package to the Ohana Maui Islander with air and lodging starting from $544. A convertible rental car is the same price as a compact car with this deal (obviously you need a car in Hawaii -- I guess Magnum's buddy T.C. gave up his copter business). If you're traveling from Chicago or New York, add on $244; $325 from Washington, D.C. Prices is per person with double occupancy with a convenient Thursday departure. Hawaii never looked so good. Air taxes and security are additional.
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