Hawaii vs. Bahamas

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Difference between Hawaii and Bahamas

When it comes to great travel destinations, a lot of people prefer to travel to places where they can enjoy nature at its best. You may certainly want to head off to a tropical jewel of a place like Hawaii or the Bahamas. Hawaii is right in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, just a 3-hour flight from San Francisco. The Bahamas, on the other hand, lies north of Cuba and south of Florida. While Hawaii has six islands, the Bahamas includes 700, not including low islands, reefs of sands and corrals.

Hawaii
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Places To See

Among the most popular landmarks in Hawaii are Pearl Harbor in the Island of Oahu (the largest harbor in the Hawaii), the Polynesian Cultural Center also in Oahu where you can experience Hawaiian and other South Pacific cultures, Haleakala in Maui (a non-erupting volcano that sits at the center of Haleakala National Park and one that has a rather colorful legend), Molokini also in Maui (a crescent-shaped islet, known as a great spot for snorkeling and scuba-diving), Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in the Big Island, Mauna Kea also in the Big Island (this tallest mountain in Hawaii also transforms itself into a snow-capped volcano come winter time), and the Wailua River and Na Pali Coast in Kauai.

The beaches are Bahamas’ biggest attractions. Absolute must-visits are Cabbage Beach with coconut palms, sea grape, and casuarina trees on a two-mile stretch and Paradise Beach. You should also take time to see Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island, an outdoor aquarium that features a 34-acre marine habitat home to over 200 species. The Grand Bahama Island houses Lucayan National Park - another must see attraction. The Central Park in Andros Island is where you can find the 3rd largest barrier reef with coral formations stretching over 100 miles. One should not miss out the Blue Lagoon Island in Nassau and experience exciting dolphin encounters.

Things To Do

There are hundreds of things you can do in Hawaii, but if you were allowed just 10 things to do, these should include a visit to the Kilauea Volcano in the Big Island, an aerial tour of Kauai Island, dipping on the white and golden sandy beaches, whale-watching (if you happen to visit at the right time), snorkeling in Molokini, biking down Halakeala Mountain at sunrise, seeing Waemea Canyon,playing golf, experiencing an authentic Polynesian Luau and shopping and dining in Waikiki.

In Bahamas, you can go scuba-diving in Andros Island, play golf on the Grand Bahama Island, swim with the dolphins on Blue Lagoon Island, take a unique undersea walk at Hartley (yes that means, literally walking on the ocean floor!), walk along the Queens Staircase, take a lovely tour of Versailles Gardens and swim at any one of the beautiful beaches featuring clear aquamarine colored water.

Climate

Temperatures in Hawaii vary depending on location, but generally, the climate is temperate and rarely violent. The northeast side of each island is cooler and wetter with the average temperature not exceeding 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Snow is not usually experienced except at high altitudes of over 8,000 feet.

Bahamas is blessed with a tropical climate. In wintertime, temperature ranges from 60 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit and during the summertime the average temperate is falls between 78 degrees to a little over 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

Summary

When planning a grand vacation, one should take into consideration the following:

  • Places to go – in Hawaii, there are a number of landmarks worth visiting, and these are the Pearl Harbor, Polynesian Cultural Center, Haleakala, Molokini, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Mauna Kea, Wailua River, and Na Pali Coast, to name a few; Bahamas, on the other hand, is famous for its fine beaches, particularly Cabbage Beach and Paradise Beach, Atlantis Resort, Lucayan National Park, Central Park, and the Blue Lagoon.
  • Things to do – in Hawaii, you can do plenty of exciting things, including sightseeing, swimming, snorkeling, biking, playing, golf, shopping, and dining. While in Bahamas, you can go scuba-diving, swimming with dolphins, taking leisure walks and tours, and playing golf.
  • Climate – both have a temperate climate.

Which island paradise is calling you?
  • Hawaii
  • Bahamas
 
 

Discuss It: comments 2

Youre truly well-informed. I cant believe how much of this I just wasnt aware of.

Thank you for bringing more information to this topic for me. Im truly grateful and really

impressed.

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  • Barb wrote on September 2014

5 hours to Hawaii from San Francisco or LA not 3 :))

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