Planning a vacation to Hawaii? Which island? Each offers unique attractions. Here are a few differences to consider before you book your Hawaii vacation destination:
Cheaper direct flights to the state capital of Honolulu and a cosmopolitan feel have established Oahu as the most popular to visit of Hawaii’s six islands. About 80 percent of Hawaii’s total population lives on Oahu. The populous island affords vacationers access to world-class cities, fine dining, excellent shopping and exciting entertainment venues, making it ideal for travelers who want to get the most bang for their buck. When you book a Hawaii vacation package in Honolulu, you’ll experience all the conveniences of the city along with the beauty of its famous Waikiki Beach, just minutes away. If you want to escape the noise, the east coast of Oahu offers a quieter, scenic retreat near miles of shimmering white-sand beaches that boast epic surf waves during the winter season and calm seas for smooth sailing in the summertime. See our hotels and book your Oahu vacation today.
Maui is the second most popular Hawaii vacation destination among travelers. Its beaches are world-famous for their beauty, excellent snorkeling/diving and shimmering sands that come in shades of white, black and red. Maui is another island where visitors can experience a great mix of metropolitan attractions and stunning natural surroundings. Host to delicious dining venues, sensational shopping and myriad luxury resorts, vacationers will find that Maui is an exotic escape that also affords all of the comforts of home. Travelers to Maui should be sure to take a drive down the scenic Road to Hana for stunning views of rushing waterfalls and lush green landscapes. The 10,000-foot tall Haleakala Crater is another can’t-miss natural attraction. Browse our Maui vacation packages available today.
The Big Island
The Big Island, or the Island of Hawaii, is best known for its majestic active volcanoes. These impressive forces of nature have carved this island’s landscape into dramatic and unusual formations. Visitors to the continually erupting Kilauea volcano can witness lava flowing from the bowels of the earth down to the depths of the sea. The island also boasts beautiful beaches on the Kohala Coast and impressive golf courses including the famous Mauna Kea, featuring a par-3 green that requires a challenging shot over the ocean. The Big Island is also popular with snorkelers who enjoy the view its crystal clear waters affords them. Rainbow Falls is another exciting attraction where tourists can witness sunbeams passing through rushing water as it falls from 80 feet, naturally rendering a beautiful array of colors. Take a look at our Big Island Hawaii vacation packages.
Kauai is smaller and quieter than the Hawaii vacation destinations of Oahu, Maui and the Big Island but is becoming an increasingly popular locale. Travelers can enjoy the same adventurous activities available to them on the larger islands, including helicopter rides, snorkeling, scuba diving and exploring the lush landscape by jeep, all while avoiding the bulk of the tourist crowds. Visit the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, Waimea Canyon, or some of the world’s highest cliffs at Na Pali and let the endless horizon of vistas take your breath away. Poipu Beach on the south coast affords visitors white-sand beaches where they can spend sun-soaked days in the sand, and Princeville in the north offers exotic tropical landscapes that make for excellent afternoons of exploration. Browse our Kauai vacation packages today.
Molokai and Lanai
Molokai and Lanai are the smallest and least populated islands in Hawaii. Neither island has direct flights from the U.S. mainland, but they both are accessible from Maui by ferry and make excellent day trips. The islands’ towns feature charming boutique shops and local restaurants. However, their true draw is their untamed terrains. Both islands offer miles of authentic, lush landscape that attracts adventurers from around the globe. Visitors enjoy hiking and horseback riding in the wild just outside the edge of the islands’ towns or reaching hidden oases deep within the rainforest by jeep. Coffee lovers won’t want to miss Molokai Coffee Plantation, where they can enjoy hot samples brewed straight from the coffee beans’ source. You’ve seen your options – now pick your paradise! Let us help you tailor your trip to fit your budget with a Hawaii travel deal.
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