For many travelers, choosing just one Hawaiian island to visit is not easy. The way to solve the dilemma is to take a multi-island Hawaii vacation. While the majority of all travelers to Hawaii visit Oahu, many continue on to experience Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island called Hawaii.
Each island is distinct and offers a unique slice of Hawaiian life that’s worth the visit and island hopping is easy! The hard part is to decide what islands are best for you and your family.
OAHU ~ This small island is where you find Honolulu, the capital of our 50th state. Oahu is known as “The Gathering Place”. Here you will find the USS Arizona Memorial. Be sure to visit this peaceful and emotional tribute to those who died in service to our country.
Waikiki Beach is popular for a reason, it is amazingly beautiful! No wonder this was the first area of Hawaii to be developed into a vacation destination for main landers. Here you will find beautiful historic hotels as well as new resorts with everything a family can enjoy.
MAUI ~ This gorgeous island is where you can find brilliant tropical scenery and prime beach location resorts. This is a peaceful island where you can enjoy the serene tropical forests and quiet beaches. In winter even the humpback whales come to visit and play in the waters right off beach. You can see them breaching and even hear their songs while you snorkel or scuba dive.
KAUAI ~ Nicknames “The Garden Island”, Kauai is green and flourishing with lush flora from the mountain to the ocean. There are more than 50 miles of white sand beaches- more beach per mile than any other island in Hawaii. A must see is Waimea Canyon with 3,000 foot towering mountain cliffs of Na Pali Coast. This might look familiar from the Jurassic Park movie shots coming over the water toward land.
Hawaii ~ aka “The Big Island” is the most diverse island in the chain. Eight of the world’s 13 climate zones exist here. You will find flowing lava deserts, lush jungles and snowcapped mountains, and beaches that are black, green and white. Be sure to rent a car and take advantage of the roads that hug the coast for dramatic views of crashing waves. You will also want to drive across the middle of the island from Kona to Hilo. You will be driving in a desert between the 2 “dormant” volcanos, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa.
No visit to the Hawaiian islands is complete without a genuine luau. You can find several to choose from on each island. Be sure to not miss this experience.
If you can’t decide which islands are the best for you then see them all with a cruise around all the islands. A 7-night cruise will stop for a day or 2 at each island giving you the opportunity to see which one your favorite is. You can add a hotel package before or after your cruise to enjoy even more time in America’s Paradise!