Hawaii - Which Island Is Right for Me?
Ah, the state of Hawaii. A paradise on Earth. This beautiful island state not only has a rich history, but some of the most pristine beaches, breathtaking scenery, and waters filled with colorful wildlife. If you are thinking about taking a trip to Hawaii, then you have a lot of decisions to make. Made up of six major islands, each has something different to offer.
Let’s take a look at each island and see which one is right for you.
Maui – “The Valley Island”
Maui is renowned for beaches and surfing spots. 120 miles of coastline and more than 20 beautiful beaches in white, black, and red sand, are waiting for you to come explore. It is a great place for snorkeling, swimming, sunbathing, surfing and just relaxing. It’s also the best spot for humpback whale watching! And when you’re done taking in the surf and sand, you can travel inland and see the breath-taking scenery from the summit of Haleakala, the dormant volcano that rises above the island. Maybe even try your hand at being a paniolo for the day – that’s Hawaiian for cowboy and the horseback rides are awesome. Finally, go urban in Lahaina for some shopping, museums, and art galleries.
Oahu – “The Gathering Place”
Speaking of going urban, Oahu is the island to visit if you’re more into city life while still wanting to enjoy the beaches the island offers. Famous Waikiki Beach is located on Oahu, and the North Shore has some of the best winter waves for surfing. If water sports aren’t your thing, you can climb to the top of Leahi – or Diamond Head – crater for some panoramic views. Horseback riding, ATVing, and even golf are available on Oahu and there is plenty of biking, driving, walking, and running trails to enjoy. Make sure you experience a Hawaiian Luau and pay your respect to the brave servicemen and women who died at Pearl Harbor during World War II.
Kauai – “The Garden Island”
The fourth-largest island, and the oldest, Kauai is covered in jagged cliffs, valleys, and sharp mountain spires. It is an emerald paradise covered by tropical rainforest, waterfalls, and rivers. 90% of the island is inaccessible by car, so lace up your hiking boots and ready to walk or take a helicopter ride. There is plenty to do here, especially if you love the outdoors. From kayaking to snorkeling to ziplining to visiting the small towns found here, you will experience a side of Hawaii that will make some memories. When you need a break from the outdoors, visit some of the museums, plantations, and historical landmarks on Kauai. And don’t forget to stop at the farmers market for some fresh fruit and local snacks.
Hawaii – “the Big Island”
Twice as big as all the other islands, Hawaii is the youngest of the chain of islands and features a variety of climate zones, from tropical to tundra. This is due to Maunakea and Maunaloa, the two huge volcanoes at the center of the island. It takes 8 hours to drive around the island and when you do, you will see everything from waterfalls in the deep jungle to black sand beaches to the dizzying heights of the volcanoes in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. What’s interesting to note is that the island is still growing thanks to the continuous eruptions and lava flow from Kilauea. If you time your vacation right, you can take a boat tour and see the lava flowing into the Pacific Ocean. From golf to hiking, snorkeling, fine sand beaches, turtle watching, and more, there is plenty to see and do on the Big Island.
Molokai – “The Friendly Isle”
Molokai is only 38 miles long and 10 miles wide with the longest continuous fringe reef and highest sea cliffs. Here is where you will find the largest population of residents who have Native Hawaiian ancestors. They love the land they live on and they have preserved their rural lifestyle. Visiting Molokai is like taking a step back in time. From the white sand beaches to a historic walk along the cliffs, this island is perfect for anyone looking to get away from it all and truly disconnect.
Lanai – “Hawaii’s Most Enticing Island”
Like Molokai, Lanai is filled with beautiful countryside, miles upon miles of 4x4 trails, and 18 miles of secluded beaches. This island is another place to go off the grid and simply enjoy what nature offers. Hulopoe Bay is a great place to sit and watch the dolphins playing offshore and if you want to challenge yourself to a bike ride off-road, then Keahiakawelo (Garden of the Gods) is the place to go. Filled with boulders and rock spires, this rock garden looks more like the Martian landscape than Earth. There is plenty to do including golfing, snorkeling, horseback riding, and whale watching. There are even ruins of a prehistoric village to explore.
Have you decided yet which island is the right one for your next vacation?
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