Which Hawaiian Island is Best For You?
Hawaii is a beautiful island island. The question I get the most is “which of the various islands should I visit?” . The answer all depends on why you are visiting Hawaii. Hawaii has adventure, romance, culture, nightlife, shopping and more. They also have valuable flights where you can do some island hoping. If you want to see the most islands, you can take a cruise and you don’t have to worry your food, beverages and accommodations because they are included in the cruise. Here is a brief description of some of the popular Hawaiian Island cities so you can make a choice for your next vacation:
Hawaii – Maui, Hawaii
Relax on Maui’s beautiful and secluded sandy beaches or wake up early to watch the sun come up at Haleakala, the sleeping volcano, rising more than 10,000 feet above the sparkling waters of the Pacific. Shop and dine in charming Lahaina, wind through a tropical paradise along the road to Hana, or visit the IMAX theater for an exciting journey through Hawaii’s history.
Maui also offers the lush, green Iao Valley State Park, some of the state’s finest golf courses, and gorgeous white- sand beaches and recreational pursuits ranging from horseback riding to sailing.
Hawaii – Oahu, Hawaii
For many travelers, their introduction to Hawaii and the start of a great vacation begins on Oahu. You’ll probably spend most of your time along Waikiki Beach, but beyond the beach you’ll discover much more to do-deep-sea fishing for mahi or marlin; hunting for souvenirs in open-air markets and high-rise shopping centers; and dining at a wide variety of excellent restaurants. Be sure to experience a traditional luau with Polynesian dance performances and dinner buffet, or take a sail while enjoying dinner off the shore of Waikiki. Visit the inspirational and emotional Arizona Memorial. Snorkel in Hanauma Bay. Take a lazy stroll in one of the tropical parks or hike the crater’s interior at Diamond Head State Monument. Or, do as many others do, and make Oahu the first stop on your Hawaiian vacation before heading off to Kauai, Lanai, Maui, or Hawaii’s Big Island.
Hawaii – Lanai, Hawaii
On Lanai, there’s everything from petroglyphs, rock formations, and 4-wheel drive trails to outstanding beaches, watersports, golf and much more. The Luahiwa Petroglyphs are one of the most exciting and interesting collections of such ancient writings in all of Hawaii. Hulopoe Beach Park is a marine sanctuary rich in sealife and the ultimate place for swimming, snorkeling, and tanning.
Hawaii – Big Island/Hilo, Hawaii
Twice the size of all other Hawaiian islands combined, the Big Island of Hawaii features striking black- and green-sand beaches, orchid farms, two active volcanoes, and a snow- covered mountain during the winter. Visit Volcanoes National Park and see preserved footprints in an ancient lava flow, and, if you’re interested and lucky enough to be there when one is happening, view an active lava flow from close up. For tamer sightseeing, visit Hulihee Palace, King Kalakaua’s summer palace, built in 1838, used by Hawaiian royalty until 1916, and now a museum. Or sample Kona coffee where it is grown and milled, and macadamia nuts where they are cracked and canned.
Hawaii – Kauai, Hawaii
Secluded beaches, fragrant flowers, cascading waterfalls, and an unhurried pace make the Garden Island of Kauai a tropical paradise. Numerous geological surprises await you including Waimea Canyon, known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, and Mt. Waialeale, located within a tropical rain forest. There’s also the rugged Na Pali Coast, which can only be viewed by helicopter or boat. Elsewhere on Kauai you’ll find familiar views – Lumahai Beach, where parts of South Pacific were filmed, the mystical Hanalei Bay, breathtaking Bali Hai and the waterfalls used in the opening scenes of Jurassic Park.
Hawaii is a beautiful island and I hope this helps you find out which island(s) is the best fit for you on your next vacation.
Source: Delta Vacations, NCL