Hawaii's Wildlife

As the most isolated landmass on earth, being 2,500 miles from any other land, Hawaii is home to amazing wildlife and ecosystems. It boasts six different vegetation zones: coastal, lowland rain forest, montane rainforest, subalpine, alpine and dry leeward. Incredibly, Hawaii also has black, white and even rare green and pink sand beaches as well as volcanoes, the most active on the planet being found here.

Hawaii's marine life is amazing with the surrounding ocean teeming with spinner dolphins, sea turtles and manta rays. Thousands of humpback whales travel from Alaska to breed in the warmer waters off the coast of Maui every year; there are few places in the world as environmentally sensitive as Hawaii. 

Hawaii is home to a unique ecosystem; its flora and fauna developed in the absence of predators and subsequently, they did not develop natural defences such as thorns, poison or camouflage. 90% of Hawaii's wildlife is endemic, meaning they can't be found anywhere else on earth. The land animals that were able to overcome the great isolation of these islands found an environment devoid of competitors. 

The Hawaiian immigration authorities are very strict on airport checks to ensure protection of existing species. Before the arrival of man, the islands were said to contain 140 varieties of bird; today, less than half of this figure remains and many of those are on the endangered list, hence the strict rules and regulations that have been set in place.

From the stunning waterfalls along Na Pali Coast to the picture perfect Lanikai Beach, the spirit of aloha lives on in Hawaii.