Which Island Should I Visit?

Which Island Should I Visit?


When you decide to travel to Hawaii one of the hardest things is to choose which island you will visit.

The Hawaiian Islands consist of 8 major islands, some atolls and several small islands. In this article we focus only on the main islands.

If you have only a week available probably you will have time to visit  one island, now you have more time we recommend visiting at least the two largest islands so you can feel all of Hawaii.

We created a brief overview of each island so you can have a small idea of what each one has to offer.



Highlight: Food, Shopping, Museums, Beaches

If this is your first time in Hawaii or if you will stay a short time and you’re not sure what you seek, we recommend visiting the Island of Oahu.

The gateway to Hawaii, Oahu home of the famous Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, it’s the most complete island, it offers an excellent urban structure with shops, restaurants, bars, nightlife and excellent public transport.

But the island also has beautiful landscapes, waterfalls and beaches such as Hanauma Bay and Kailua. In Honolulu and nearby there are several educational and enjoyable activities like the USS Arizona Memorial, the Bishop Museum and more.



Highlight: Beaches, Hiking, Food

With beaches for all tastes, Maui offers great places for surfing and kitesurf.  Diving lovers maust visit Molokini, a small island in a crescent shape that houses a rich and colorful marine life.

Numerous trails: If there’s one thing that Maui has in abundance are the trails that go to awesome places: waterfalls, bamboo forests and a volcanic park.

Haleakala National Park: A drive to the summit of 10,000 feet above the sea level of Haleakala Crater is one of the most amazing experiences and the sunrise is breathtaking.

Maui also has a large complement of golf courses and resort amenities like tennis and spas.


Big Island

Highlights: Hiking, Culture, Wildlife

The Big Island  doesn’t have long stretches of sandy beach and because of its large size, some destinations may take more than one day trip.

Maybe the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park located in the extreme south region is the main attraction of the island. The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is a very special park with long walks and trips by tropical forests and fields with lava flow.

In addition, the Big Island offers many beautiful beaches in Kohala Coast (Hapuna, for example) and also offers helicopter flights over the crater, dive boats, hiking, horseback riding, etc.



Highlight: Beaches, Hiking, Food

Kauai is the fourth largest of the Hawaiian Islands and is the oldest of the main Hawaiian Islands, with 5.8 million years.

Still, offers many tourist facilities such as helicopter flights, ocean dives, scenic walks and river trips.

Na Pali coast has some of the highest cliffs in the world. All the elements are here: rainforests, majestic cliffs, jagged peaks, emerald valleys, palm trees swaying in the breeze, daily rainbows, and some of the most spectacular beaches you will not find anywhere else.

As mentioned above the general rule is to choose one island and spend a week on it, and only visit a second island if you have more time than that. Each island has a lot to explore and each one with a unique charm.

Regardless of the island you choose to visit, for sure you will not be disappointed and will be hungry to return to Hawaii to see more.

Reference Videos: Blue Hawaiian Helicopters


  1. Hosting says:

    Like a lot of visitors to Hawaii, you re probably wondering which Hawaii island to visit and thinking about which one would be is best for you and your travel party? The islands are very diverse and each has its own unique offerings- this can make choosing an island rather difficult. And once you ve started visiting the islands, coming back to a different island can often feel like a totally different place with a whole new set of experiences, sights, and attractions.

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