Waiheke Island is an island off the coast of Auckland, New Zealand, reachable in 40 mins by ferry. It is known for it’s beautiful beaches and boutique wineries offering breathtaking sea views and top-notch tastings. In 2016, Lonely Planet listed it as #5 on their annual "best of travel: top 10 regions" list, Conde Nast Traveler as #4 on their "best islands in the world" list, and Travel + Leisure as #4 on their own "world's best islands" list. Well worth the visit - here's why!
If you are planning a trip to Hawaii, one thing you should include on your itinerary is a helicopter tour. Having been to Hawai'i over 50 times, I have seen and done a lot over the years yet helicopter tours continue to sit at the top of my Oahu's Top 10 list. If you are into photography even at the hobbyist level, there is no better photo opportunity than this!
One of the most magical experiences you can have while visiting Hawai'i is swimming with dolphins in the wild (as opposed to swimming with dolphins in captivity because... Blackfish). It is truly amazing and something you should not skip while visiting.