Experience the tropical paradise of Hawaii
Oahu ~ If you are a sightseer, then Oahu may be the best choice for you. Many visitors to the Hawaiian Islands choose Oahu as it serves as the perfect choice for home base. From there, you can bounce over to the many other islands. In addition, if you are a lover of sightseeing, you can visit Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona. This is also home to Hawaii’s capital, Honolulu, which is a vibrant starting point for a visitor to the state and the famous Waikiki beach. While it’s the most populous island and the financial center, it has maintained a distinct and authentic culture.
Big Island of Hawaii ~ The big island of Hawaii has it all. If you want to experience nature, relax, or enjoy the nightlife, the big island may be the perfect choice for you. View volcanoes at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park or get to know the ocean better, rest during the day and then hit the nightlife at night. The variety and the open nature of Big Island means that it has plenty of opportunities for the adventure-thirsty among us. On the flip side, the size of it can make it feel a bit unmanageable for novice travelers and you’ll need a car to get to some of the most fascinating sites – the green and black sand beaches, Mauna Kea – so for non-drivers (or people who don’t want to spend a big part of their time in a car) it might not be the best option.
Maui ~ Maui is perfect if you want to taste the culture of Hawaii, but stay in one of its luxurious resorts. Maui is all about mixing luxury from resorts to dining with combining long, windy roads and traditional luaus, it perfectly hits the sweet spot between the hustle and convenience of Oahu and the seclusion of Kauai and other smaller islands.
Kauai ~ Kauai is an excellent choice if you are seeking rest and rejuvenation combined with natural adventure. Kauai has waterfalls and mountains that will offer you the experience of being that close to nature. Kauai also offers a more authentic cultural experience in food and terrain. You can kayak its waters or visit the Na Pali Coast for a remote, out-of-the-way experience. It’s the best Hawaiian island to visit if you like a more laid-back pace – there’s more of a small-town atmosphere and a strong commitment to locally grown food. On the downside, it’s not the easiest place to get around as there are no roads circling the island, so if you can’t drive or you don’t have much time, it might not be the place for you. It’s worth knowing, as well that the north side gets twice as much rain; this means it’s gorgeously lush, but not ideal for those looking for a beach holiday.