Hawaii is a dream of a place to go to, but if you go thinking you’ll be on just one island, think again. Hawaii comprises several islands, from the Meeting Place Oahu to The Big One Hawaii, to several others packed full of exciting things for solo travelers, couples, and families alike. There’s truly something for everyone when you go to Hawaii, but for the best trip, you must narrow down which islands you visit and see.
Short trips are usually focused on where you land. This will either be Oahu or Maui. Don’t worry, though, as there’s plenty to do on either island that you’ll be able to really enjoy a full Hawaii experience without island hopping. If you have a week, and especially if your trip is longer, you’ll want to see at least one or two other islands during your trip.
To help you pick, use this guide:
Oahu has it all. It’s the birthplace of modern surfing, it’s home to the largest cities in Hawaii, and it’s full of fun things to do and see. You can shop, you can hike, you can swim, you can surf. There are so many great things to do, and the Oahu resorts are also top-notch to give visitors the best of all worlds during their stay.
Maui is another top choice for travelers and one of the four islands that has its own major airport. Visit Maui for its famous coastlines, particularly its Wailea and Ka’anapali Beaches. If this is your first time visiting Hawaii, Maui is a great choice since you can see the world’s largest dormant volcanoes and enjoy some stunning reefs at Honolua Bay. A true highlight is Wai’anapanapa State Park, where the jet black sands from the volcano touch the crystalline waters of the ocean.
The Big Island, or Hawaii, is home to so many amazing activities for adventure seekers. It’s home to stunning white and black sand beaches, thanks to the two active volcanoes you can see at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. This island is of huge historical importance for Hawaii and was once the seat of various rulers, like Kamehameha I. It’s also where James Cook first touched down back in the 1700s.
This island is ideal for couples looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the other islands. Not only is Kauai home to many amazing resorts and spas, but it’s also where you’ll find the Waimea Canyon, often dubbed the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. This island is ideal for those who love hiking and getting out and don’t mind a little rain. After all, Kauai is one of Hawaii’s rainiest islands.
If you’re looking to really get off the beaten track, head to Molokai. This is one of the least developed of Hawaii’s islands, making it ideal for adventure buffs who want to reconnect with stunning natural vistas. Not only is it a great spot for hiking, it’s here where you’ll find the most secluded and peaceful beaches in Hawaii.