Posted on 06/14/2017
Six Hawaiian Islands. Six unique experiences. To help you find the island that’s perfectly matched to your travel style, here’s a brief tour of the islands…
The most popular and populated of Hawaii’s islands, Oahu is No. 1 for visitor arrivals. Immerse yourself in the customs, culture and history of the islands at the Polynesian Cultural Center and pay homage to the brave men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice at the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor. Stroll down the world renowned Waikiki beach and hike to the top of Diamond Head to take in the breathtaking view. Venture up to the North Shore to watch the surfers test their skill or spend some quiet time snorkeling in Hanauma Bay.
Maui has earned a well-deserved reputation for romance and its pampering spa resorts keep it a popular honeymoon destination—but it is truly so much more. From the lush waterfalls of the Iao Valley to the tranquil beaches of Ka‘anapali and Wailea to the unforgettable drive along the Road to Hāna, you’ll find breathtaking natural beauty at every turn that inspires all ages. The challenging links at Kapalua are the standing favorite of the PGA tour for its annual season opener. Watching the sunrise from the slopes of Haleakala is an experience you’ll never forget.
ISLAND OF HAWAII
Known as the Island of Adventure, this is the place for active travelers and nature lovers. Larger than all of the other islands combined, it offers 11 of the world’s 13 climate zones, ranging from the snow-capped mountains of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea to the black-sands of Punalu‘u Beach. Family-friendly resorts are the perfect home base from which to explore the waterfalls, rainforests and botanical gardens of Hilo; try snorkeling and stand-up paddle boarding in the waters of Kona; relax on the beach or enjoy championship golf. A visit to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is not to be missed!
Looking to venture a little off the beaten path to a quieter island where you can relax and enjoy Hawaii’s natural beauty? This is the one to choose. Experience the expansive grandeur of Waimea Canyon, aptly named the Grand Canyon of Hawaii. Kayak up the Wailua River to the famed Fern Grotto, surf the waters of beautiful Hanalei Bay, visit a coffee plantation (and sample the local brew), swim with sea turtles in Poipu and indulge in a pampering spa treatment at a luxury spa resort. A cruise along the Napali Coast is a true must!
LANAI & MOLOKAI
And these are the islands for the seasoned Hawaii traveler who simply wants to get away from it all. Secluded Lana‘i features luxurious resort hideaways and championship golf. Moloka‘i embodies the essence of Hawaii with few cars, no traffic lights and endless opportunities to the natural beauty of the island.