Hawaii is one of the most beautiful places in the world. It’s the 50th and most recent state of the United States of America (since 1959). Situated nearly at the center of the north Pacific Ocean, it is the only US state located in Polynesia. Before it was part of the US, it used to be an independent kingdom-nation.
Even though Hawaii comprises hundreds of islands spread over 1,500 miles, there are eight main islands that are most open and accessible for tourism and exploration. These are, from northwest to southeast; Niʻihau, Kauai, Oahu, Molokaʻi, Lānaʻi, Kahoʻolawe, Maui, and the Big Island (also called as Hawaiʻi).
It has become a much-visited tourist hotspot, probably because it has got something for everyone! The waves are always rolling in the ocean. The water is clear blue and the warm rays of the sun lighting this volcanic landscape remind us of a lost paradise.
Flying Between Hawaiian Islands
Flying between the Hawaiian Islands is relatively quick and easy. There are dozens of daily flights connecting the six major Hawaiian islands. Flying is the fastest and cheapest way to island hopping.
That said, if you want to do it the old-fashioned way, go for a boat when and where available (both from the US mainland and between the islands).
Things To Do In Hawaii
There is a lot of things to see and do in Hawaii. As you know, Hawaii is made of several different islands and each island has something unique to offer of its own.
To cover everything in a single trip is almost impossible (unless you are going for over a month and willing to spend a lot of money). Things are expensive in Hawaii (as you might have already noticed when looking for flights to Hilo (Big Island) or Honolulu (Oahu).
For a more enjoyable and relaxed travel experience, we recommend breaking your Hawaii travels into two or more trips. On your first trip, you can cover the Big Island (also called Hawaii – yes, I know that’s confusing.) On your second visit, you can enjoy the vibrant city life of Honolulu, the island of Oahu, Maui, and Kuai.
On your third and future trips, you can visit the other minor islands and the cool things you may have missed on your first two trips. Or, simply revisit (and re-live) the best of Hawaii because now you know what you like the most here.
For our detailed things to do list, please read the individual destination guides (links below) for each Hawaiian islands.
In Oahu, the Waikiki neighborhood is its center for dining, nightlife, and shopping. It is the best hotspot for travelers. The shores of Oahu are known for surfing even in the winters. Rolling pineapple fields are a pleasant sight. Do not miss the famous Waikiki beach. Pearl Harbor is a popular historical site related to the World War II attack. It includes the USS Arizona Memorial warship.
Read: Oahu Destination Guide (Main page)
You can visit the diverse national parks of Haleakala national park or trek on Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail in the island of Maui. Maui has delightful roads winding through its volcanic mountains. In the midst of the scenery are resorts for you to slow down, chill, and relax.
Read: Kauai Destination Guide (Main page)
Kauai is a gem when it comes to natural scenery. It has got its seven wonders which are hard to miss. Behold the magnificence of Waimea Canyon. Enjoy the refreshing NaPali coast.
Big Island (Hawaii)
Read: Big Island (Hawaii) Destination Guide – Main Page
Hawaii is the largest of them all. It also has an active Volcano called Mauna Loa. Here, you can experience the gorgeous beaches, or visit the lush coffee plantations. Hilo is the largest city among the islands, and a must visit.
Lanai & Molokai
Other regions are Lanai (pineapple plantations) and Molokai (least developed). Many smaller islands are either privately owned or are under the command of the US Navy. Some of them are too small and not developed. This means that they are difficult to access. There are also cruises offering trip across the islands. Inside the islands, you can use public transport which is reliable.
Every tourist should taste the delectable seafood in a modern Pacific style. You can do an array of activities in Hawaii, from adrenaline surging activities to peaceful museum tours, to coffee plantation to surfing.
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September 3, 2016 11:31 am 2 Comments