The 50th state of America but quite unlike any of the other 49, Hawaii is a blend of raw, breathtaking beauty and an easygoing love for life. You can scramble up volcanos, wild swim in secluded waterfall pools, kayak to remote islands, pull on your wetsuit and surf, take long walks along palm tree-flanked beaches, hike through lush rainforests, splash about in valley streams – 'paradise' means different things to different people, but there's no question that Hawaii is exactly that. There are many hundred of islands in the Hawaiian archipelago; each has their own character and charm, each ache to be explored. Oahu is home to Honolulu and is great for surfing, Hawaii Island is where you'll find Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kauai boasts canyons and verdant valleys – rest assured, all have fantastic beaches. The sunrises and sunset are glorious wherever you are, too, but the sky at night is something else altogether; you can practically read your book by the light of a full moon in Hawaii. You'll be too busy staring up at the blanket of stars twinkling back in return to focus on your book, of course.