What Is The Best Island To Visit In Hawaii?

If you’re planning a Hawaiian vacation and trying to decide what is the best island to visit in Hawaii this post will surely help you out!

What is the best island to visit in Hawaii?

Asking yourself the question of “What is the best island to visit in Hawaii?” can be a tough one to answer without any research, so we’ve done it for you! Each island has it’s own personality and natural landmarks, so here is a look at them to see which one will suit your vacation needs best!

Visit Hawaii’s volcanoes and more on the Big Island

The Big Island of Hawaii is the Aloha State’s largest island. In fact, it’s bigger than all the other islands combined. Home to natural wonders like black sand beaches, active volcanoes, and charming small towns, a trip to the Big Island is most suited for people who love the outdoors.
Volcanoes, Ziplining, and Snorkeling adventures are waiting for you on Hawaii's Big Island!

Volcanoes, Ziplining, and Snorkeling adventures are waiting for you on Hawaii’s Big Island!

There are lots of fun activities to do outdoors on the Big Island. You can tour Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, snorkel off the coast of Kona, and even fly through the canopies on an incredible zipline adventure!

Sunsets, Waterfalls, and Snorkeling on Maui

Maui is possibly my favorite Hawaiian island. A mix of beautiful natural landscapes and soft sandy beaches make for a truly paradisiacal setting. Only on Maui can you find a journey like the Road to Hana, which carves its way through the undeveloped southeast coast.
The Road to Hana carves its way through lush tropical rainforest and beautiful coastal scenery for one of the most beautiful drives in America.

The Road to Hana carves its way through lush tropical rainforest and beautiful coastal scenery for one of the most beautiful drives in America.

Taking a tour of the Road to Hana is advantageous because you won’t have to focus on the 600+ curves and 50 one-lane bridges. Also, we know where the most beautiful places to stop are you you won’t miss a thing. Sit back and relax on a Road to Hana tour! Maui is also home to one of the best diving spots in the world, Molokini Crater. Unparalleled underwater visibility and a diversity of marine life make a diving trip to Molokini an unforgettable experience.
Up to 150 feet of visibility underwater and 250 species of fish make diving at Molokini Crater the best snorkeling experience you can have in Hawaii!

Up to 150 feet of visibility underwater and 250 species of fish make diving at Molokini Crater the best snorkeling experience you can have in Hawaii!

If you’re going to be in Hawaii between January and April, a whale watching cruise would be a great idea. Every year Humpback whales migrate from the cool waters of the North Pacific to Hawaii to nurse their young. They can often be seen breaching and spouting their blowholes. Spending the morning on Hawaii’s calm blue waters whale watching will definitely be a highlight of your trip!

Oahu: The center of Hawaii

Oahu is Hawaii’s most developed and most populated island. It also has the most beaches and diversity of things to do. From five-star shopping and dining, to the beaches of the North Shore and Hale’iwa, and historical landmarks like Pearl Harbor, there are SO many things to do on Oahu! You can experience the wonderful cultures of the South Pacific at the Polynesian Cultural Center, go sailing on a catamaran off the shores of Waikiki, hike to a hidden waterfall, enjoy dinner on a sunset cruise, and so much more! Check out all of the amazing things you can do on Oahu here.
Historic Pearl Harbor, beautiful beaches, and the magic of Polynesia are just some of the things that can be found on Oahu!

Historic Pearl Harbor, beautiful beaches, and the magic of Polynesia are just some of the things that can be found on Oahu!

Perhaps the best thing to do is to go on a circle island tour on your first or second day on the island. This way you can experience many of the islands wonders and find things that excite you to do on the rest of your trip.

Go green on “The Garden Isle” of Kauai

The island of Kauai is a great place to go to get off the beaten path. Beautiful beaches and a diversity of landscapes make Kauai the place in Hawaii to connect with nature. Explore Waimea Canyon and other natural landmarks on an eco-tour. Discover the small-town side of Hawaii in Hanalei.
Waimea Canyon is "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific" and is home to Mt. Waialeale, the wettest spot on earth!

Waimea Canyon is “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific” and is home to Mt. Waialeale, the wettest spot on earth!

Take a journey along the Na Pali coast fro one of the most scenic coastlines in all of Hawaii. Visit Kauai if you want to skip the hustle and bustle of Waikiki and spend time trying to find a secluded beach!
The Na Pali Coast of Kauai is like no other in Hawaii and will be something to remember forever!

The Na Pali Coast of Kauai is like no other in Hawaii and will be something to remember forever!

Why visit just one island when you can visit two!

The best part about Hawaii though is the possibilities of island hopping. You can really take your vacation to the next level by visiting more than one island on your vacation. Save time and money by booking a day trip tour and be back at your hotel later that night! Check out all the exciting island hopping packages Discover Hawaii Tours has here.

Hawaii Travel Guide

Aside from this post we have an extensive Hawaii Travel Guide with information about popular places on each of the four main islands. Check it out to help plan your trip!
What is the best island to visit in Hawaii? They're all good, and you'll have a great time! Photo:kuroda on Flickr

What is the best island to visit in Hawaii? They’re all good, and you’ll have a great time! Photo:kuroda on Flickr

Check out our “Checklist for Hawaii” board on Pinterest for some great ideas of things to do on your vacation. And if you’re not sure when is a good time to visit Hawaii, this post will help. Some things are seasonal here (like big waves and whale watching) so be sure to check and make sure everything you want to do will be happening! Hopefully this post helps you answer you question of “What is the best island to visit in Hawaii.” One thing is for sure though, you’re going to have a great time! Alooooooha!!

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