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  1. Waimea Canyon, Kauai

    Kalalau Valley, on Kauai's west side, is more than 3,000 feet deep and provides stunning panoramic views. Waimea is nicknamed "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific." (John Borthwick / Lonely Planet) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Honolulu, Hawaii

    Men row their Hawaiian outrigger canoe towards Waikiki beach, with Diamond Head in the background. Outrigger canoes are now used for recreation purposes and to ride the waves, but in times past they were the main means of transportation between the Hawaiian Islands. (Mike Nelson / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. The tranquil waters of Oahu

    Hanauma Bay is one of the finest stretches of beach in the world. (Eric L Wheater / Lonely Planet) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Surfer's paradise

    Australian Luke Egan competes on Oahu's North Shore, one of the best places in Hawaii to ride the big waves. (AFP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Water colors

    A school of manini fish pass over a coral reef at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Donald Miralle / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Wailua Falls

    The beautiful 83-foot tiered Wailua Falls is an easily accessible, must-see waterfall on the island of Kauai. Wailua Falls was first made famous when it was featured in the television show, "Fantasy Island." (James Randklev / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Emerald peaks

    The iconic, towering emerald peaks of the 1,200-foot Iao Needle, stand out in Maui's Iao Valley State Park. (Adina Tovy Amsel / Lonely Planet) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Historic reminder

    The USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, marks the resting place of many of the battleship's 1,177 crew members who lost their lives during the Attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941 by the Japanese. The memorial is the "ground zero" of World War II. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Aloha!

    Hula dancers welcome the sailing crew of a Hokule'a, a canoe, into Kailua Bay. (Ronen Zilberman / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. The heart of Hawaii

    The sun sets on Honolulu, Oahu's capital and Hawaii's largest, most populous city. (Robert Y. Ono / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Polynesian heat

    Brandon OFueo Maneafaiga, 23, of Waianae, Hawaii balances two flaming knifes during the 13th Annual World Fireknife Championship at the Polynesian Cultural Centre in Laie, Hawaii. (Lucy Pemoni / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Explosive attraction

    People watch from a viewing area as an explosion takes place on Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, in Pahoa, Hawaii. Legend says the volcano goddess Pele dug fire pits as she traveled from island to island looking for a home with her brothers and sisters. She finally settled at Kilauea's summit, where she lives at Halemaumau crater. (Leigh Hilbert / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Forces of nature

    The Dragon's Teeth are bizarre lava formations eroded by wind and salt spray at Makalua-puna Point. (Karl Lehmann / Lonely Planet) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Heaven on Earth

    Astronomy observatories are seen on the peak of the snow-covered, Mauna Kea mountain near Hilo, Hawaii. Mauna Kea is a dormant volcano. (Tim Wright / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. On the way to Sainthood

    Tourists walk through a cemetery past the grave, left, of Father Damien at Kalawao, Hawaii. After cancer patient Audrey Toguchi prayed to Father Damien, known for helping leprosy patients in Hawaii, to help her, and her cancer went away, Pope Benedict XVI approved the case in July 2008 as Damien's second miracle, opening the way for the 19th century Belgian priest to be declared a saint. (Eric Risberg / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Cool colors

    Rainbow eucalyptus (Mindanao Gum) trees grow in Keanae, Maui. Once a year, these magnificent trees shed their bark and take on the colors of the rainbow. (James Randklev / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Magic Sands

    An aerial view of La'aloa Beach Park or Magic Sands beach in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. The beach is called Magic Sands because when rough surf hits, all of the sand is emptied off the beach and temporarily moved out to sea. (Brian Powers / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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updated 1/7/2009 9:36:50 AM ET 2009-01-07T14:36:50

The deal
There’s something magical about the Hawaiian Islands, making it hard to choose just one for your vacation. Luckily, on an island hopping cruise, you don’t have to.

Visiting paradise always comes with its price, and Hawaii cruises can set you back anywhere from $1,000 to $1,600 or more on mainstream cruise lines. The good news is that by booking now, you can take in some surf, sand and sun at rates up to 52 percent off. With reduced prices starting from just $799, you’ll see what the Hawaiians mean by “just hang loose.”

Royal Caribbean 10-night cruise
Before setting sail, spend two days exploring the city of Honolulu, where you can take a day trip to see Pearl Harbor, or climb up Diamond Head; the extinct volcano that offers amazing views of the tropical city.

After, the Rhapsody of the Seas sails on to Lahaina, on the island of Maui. Take a day trip to visit the Haleakala Crater and Haleakala National Park, or head down the road to Hana, where signs of the ancient Hawaiian way of life still flourish. Along the way, you’ll pass beautiful rainforests filled with mango, guava and banana trees.

The next place you’ll visit is Hilo, on the Big Island where you can explore Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, home to the most active volcano in Hawaii. The last island city the ship calls on is Kailua-Kona, also on the Big Island. Here you can take in the galleries and shops, pick up some famous Kona coffee, or kick-back on breathtaking beaches before heading to the final stop in Vancouver, B.C.

This 10-night cruise on the Rhapsody of the Seas sails April 28 with interior staterooms available starting from $799.

7-night Norwegian voyage
For those who really enjoy island hopping, this seven-night Norwegian cruise is stationed at an island every day. You’ll also enjoy knowing that you’re saving up to 52 percent off brochure rates.

The Pride of America sails from Honolulu and makes its first visit at Hilo, followed by two nights spent at Kahului, in Maui. During your stay, be sure to visit the Kahana Wildlife Sanctuary, and Maui Tropical Plantation where you can take a stroll through sugarcane and pineapple fields.

Then, it’s off to Kailua before spending two days in Nawiliwili, on the “Garden Isle” of Kauai. If you’d like to do a little beach-bumming there’s 43 of them to choose from, along with countless waterfalls and Waimea Canyon, also known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific.

The final stop on this cruise is back in Honolulu. Prices for interior cabins start at $934 for sailing dates in February, April, and May. Plus, receive up to $500 in onboard spending credits on select bookings.

The dollars
All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Accommodations, meals, some beverages, entertainment and port charges are covered in the cost. Government fees and taxes as well as off-boat expenditures are extra.

The catch
Surfing is not as easy as it looks.

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