Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: October 24, 2005

UNITED VACATIONS paired with STARWOOD HOTELS AND RESORTS in Hawaii to offer air-inclusive Sunsational Savings packages that include a free night and dining credits or complimentary breakfasts. Examples include five nights at the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani on Oahu featuring a $75 dining credit and air from West Coast gateways with rates starting at $799 per person, double. Travelers to Kauai can book five nights at the Sheraton Kauai with daily breakfast and air from West Coast gateways, starting at $1,014 per person, double. For more information, log on to www.vaxvacationaccess.com.

KAPALUA VILLAS launched a Return to Paradise golf getaway valid through Dec. 18 that allows travelers to play on the same course that the Mercedes Championship will be held on Jan. 2 to 8. The package includes five nights at the Kapalua Villas, three rounds of golf at the resorts three championship courses, an upgrade on a Hertz car rental, a $25 merchandise certificate and a $25 food and beverage credit per room. Rates begin at $869 per person, double. Go to www.kapalua.com for more information.

CAPTAIN ZODIAC whale watching adventures off the Kona coast on Hawaiis Big Island is gearing up for the whale mating and migration season that begins in a few weeks. The experience brings travelers within a 100 yards of the up to 40 foot long, 40 ton humpbacks that dive, jump and slap the water upwards of 50 times in order to attract a mate. Captain Zodiac vessels are specially equipped with hydrophone listening devices on board the rafts that enable passengers to hear the underwater sounds of the mammals. For more information and pricing, visit www.captainzodiac.com.

THE FAIRMONT ORCHID on Hawaiis Big Island is offering an Empty Nest package geared at adult travelers whose children have all gone off to college. Those who book a room this fall on the Fairmont Orchids Gold Floor will receive a fifth night for free, starting at $599 per couple. Complimentary continental breakfast, afternoon tea, evening appetizers and honor bar are some of the perks of staying on the Gold Floor. The plan is valid through Dec. 20. Log on to www.fairmont.com/orchid for more information.

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