Earlier this week we shared a few tips for first-time visitors to Hawaii, so now we’d like to break down the differences between each island and highlight some of its best attractions.
One thing is certain, there is no place on earth quite like Hawaii. The state is comprised of islands rich in unique charm and personality. Choosing an island to visit can be a bit difficult, but with so many options, one of them is sure to stand out as the one for you.
If you plan to island-hop, book your flights between islands in advance. A good rule of thumb is to visit no more than two islands within 10 days, unless you really enjoy a steady change of scenery.
Hawaii’s Big Island: Always growing
You may be surprised to find that Hawaii’s Big Island is still growing. Home to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the most active volcano in the world (Maunakea), it’s one of the most unique destinations on the planet. In addition to the Volcano area, you’ll find cattle ranches in the cool uplands and charming getaways on the Kohala Coast, the island’s premier resort area.
Maui: A little of everything
Maui, or “The Magic Isle”, is bustling with beach towns and tourist attractions, but some parts are so remote one can only travel over them by helicopter. Find resorts for every budget along the western coast or visit the one and only resort in laid-back Hana, located along the rugged eastern coastline. Maui’s beaches are also consistently voted some of the most beautiful in the world.
Molokai and Lanai: The escapist’s dream
The phrase “peaceful getaway” doesn’t even begin to describe these two luxurious islands, tucked away from the hustle of everyday life. A visit to one of these remote islands isn’t for everyone, but that’s exactly what makes them appealing to those who wish to truly get away from it all. In addition to the quiet escape, enjoy golf, fishing and other outdoor adventures.
Oahu: The metropolitan experience and more
Oahu hosts the majority of the Hawaiian population, along with iconic attractions such as Waikiki Beach, the state capital of Honolulu, Pearl Harbor and more. Surf on the legendary North Shore, dance the night away in Honolulu or enjoy great shopping, dining and entertainment in Waikiki.
Kauai: Botanical garden paradise
Kaui, the oldest and lushest of the Hawaiian chain, is known as “The Garden Isle”. It has become famous for its tropical rainforests and white sand beaches. Try a helicopter ride over the island for a stunning view or snorkeling, scuba diving, hiking, mountain tubing, kayaking and more. The island is also a popular film location, having played host to “Jurassic Park”, “South Pacific”, ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark”, “Fantasy Island” and more.
We hope this has given you an idea of where you’d like to start exploring Hawaii, but we’ve really only scratched the surface of this one-of-kind state and its diverse, charming islands. Be sure to check back next week for part three: our specialist’s favorite Hawaii activities.
Welcome to Hawaii (general tips)