If you think Hawaii is one perfect destination, you’d almost be right. Sure, it’s perfect, but it’s also more than just one destination. It’s actually six islands. That means six times more gorgeous views, six times more adventures, and six times more food to devour. It’s basic mathematics. And if this realization has given you a new found sense of vacation excitement, we want to help you direct it to the right place.
The Island of Hawaii
Why is the Island of Hawaii nicknamed “The Big Island?” Probably because it’s almost twice the size of all the other islands combined. But that’s just a guess. What we know for sure is this paradise lets you experience a multitude of different natural experiences. That means you can see everything like lava, snow, rain forests and black sand beaches. Pretty amazing, right? And since history and golf are some of the most popular things on the island, we wouldn’t be doing our jobs if we didn’t recommend checking out a treasure like Kealakekua Bay. This place is seriously worth a look.
Maui is known for some of the best beaches in the world. And if you’re wondering why, you’ll just have to check them out for yourself. After all, there’s over 80 of them to explore. And while you’re staring out upon the gorgeous ocean from the beach, how would like to see a whale or two? From late November to April, whale watching is an island favorite. And if it’s your first time doing it, Lahaina Harbor is where you want to be. So that leaves us with only one last question. How does an island road trip sound? Incredible? Because it is. On the road to Hana all you have to do is pop in your car and drive a few hours to discover numerous waterfalls, rainforests, and natural pools along the way. It’s absolutely stunning.
Next up is Oahu. Here, you’ll find the city of Honolulu and the infamous Pearl Harbor. In other words, it’s a hot spot dripping with history and culture. And that includes places like Leahi (aka Diamond Head), Lolani Palace, and Waikiki, known for its beaches, surfing, and nightlife. Plus, you can learn a little something or two about the Hawaiian royalty that once lived here and then see an incredible sight at Nuuanu Pali Lookout. And, if you’re looking for something a little bit out of the ordinary, just track down a shrimp food truck on the North Shore of the island. That’s the best way to make the most of the Hawaii Regional Cuisine. This culinary movement was created in 1991 and was meant to blend the land and local food. And let’s just say when it comes to food, Hawaiians really value their farm-to-table traditions.
Every Hawaiian island feels different. And Kauai is no exception. So if your dream getaway is a lush island adventure, then Hawaii’s oldest island will feel just like a fairytale. Plus, several areas of the island are only accessible by air or boat, like the Napali Coast and its own “Hawaii Grand Canyon” called Waimea Canyon. And when you add in the beaches, coastlines, waterfalls, valleys, gardens, and parks, the words lush and adventure don’t quite do it justice.
How do you feel about roads? If you’re not a huge fan, then do we have the island for you. On the island of Lanai, only 30 miles of road are paved. And did we mention there’s not a single traffic light? So here, “off the beaten path” isn’t just an expression, it’s a reality. That means you’ll have plenty of opportunities to adventure by four-wheeler. And with only 30 miles of road, why would you want to travel any way else? Just jump on an ATV and take the 400 miles of trail made for four wheeling to Kaiolohia, also known as Shipwreck Beach. Then, once you see all there is to see on land, make sure you park your ATV and jump into the water to snorkel or scuba dive at Hulopoe Bay.
Molokai is similar to Lanai in a lot of ways, but this Hawaiian gem is an island all its own. Practically untouched by humanity, it’s 38 miles long and 10 miles wide. It’s known for its high cliffs near the ocean at 3,900 feet, and a 28 mile reef along the southern coast. But get this, it also has something pretty cool at its Hoolehua Post Office. They actually have coconuts instead of post cards. So all you have to do is grab one, write on it, and send it off to somebody back home. Can you imagine the look on their faces when it arrives?
So now that you know what every island is all about, it’s up to you to figure out what you want to see. In fact, the only thing that’s not perfect about all these islands is that you can’t possibly see all of them in one trip. But don’t worry, who said anything about only taking one trip?