Hawaii Islands are notorious for being the perfect Honeymoon destination, but the six islands have much more to offer… From fantastic beaches, and breathtaking natural beauty to diverse culture and outdoor adventures, there is truly something for everyone here. The six main Hawaiian islands are Hawaii (Big Island), Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Lanai and Molokai.
If you are planning a trip to Hawaii but not sure where to start, check out our handpicked holidays here. Diverse in size, culture and population, every island endeavours its own paradise with unique experiences to do. That’s why we decided to write a little bit about each of them, so you can decide which one suits your gateway ideas.
Where to go in the Hawaiian Islands
Known as Big Island is the largest island in the Hawaiian archipelago. This island is popular for its lush vegetation, incredible landscapes and fantastic hiking routes to explore the volcanoes. Hawaii is, in fact, the only island with an active volcano, where you can admire the molten lava rivers for hours. One of our favourite spots is near Mauna Kea, an extraordinary dormant volcano notorious for its snow-capped peak. Hawaii is famous for its coffee plantations as well, get delighted with a delicious local coffee whilst enjoying the most beautiful rainforests of the island.
You can also enjoy snorkelling and swimming on the sheltered beaches, which are perfect for dolphin and turtle sightings. Furthermore, live a unique experience by scuba-diving and discover the precious marine flora and fauna.
A place of natural splendour and blue coastlines, the Big Island is perfect for first-time travellers that want to enjoy both breath-taking scenery and tranquil beaches to relax.
If you’re looking for the perfect beach days, adventurous routes, and nightlife combination, then Maui is the ideal destination for you. Explore the most luxurious beaches and vivacious towns in the West of the Island, where you can enjoy distinctive culture, restaurants, and fantastic nightlife.
On the other hand, the South of Maui tends to have more of a relaxed beach atmosphere with world-class water sports and whale-watching experiences. However, this part of the island is notorious for its delectable and locally produced cuisine, featuring bountiful tropical fruit and seafood on most menus.
The beauty of the second largest island of the Hawaiian archipelago is that it allows you to combine diverse hotspots and adapt them for whatever suits you best. From enjoying a family trip to the most popular National Parks to exploring the geologic wonders of the island.
With its dramatic cliffs and stunning coastlines, Maui is perfect for adventurers and beach lovers that want to spend a calm and luxurious holiday.
Known as the “Gathering Place”, Oahu is the most popular destination for party seekers and outdoor enthusiasts. However, it is not all about shopping, dining and nightlife, this beautiful island has a lot more to offer.
If you are looking for pristine beaches combined with sea activities, we recommend the east side of the island, specifically Mokulua. You can also try snorkelling or kayaking and explore the coast of Lanikai beach, which is full of waterfalls, canyons and sea life.
For adrenaline lovers, visit the north of Oahu where you can enjoy surfing spectacles. In addition, the north shore has great relaxing and quiet spots as well as a great number of hike routes, with beautiful waterfalls and lush vegetation.
Oahu is the perfect destination to explore the dense rainforest, dramatic mountain views and world-renowned surfing spots.
Famous for its turquoise valleys, spectacular scenery and tropical rainforest, this island is the perfect destination for nature lovers, hikers, birdwatchers, or anyone who is looking for the iconic representation of Hawaii.
Furthermore, you can kayak, snorkel, hike or even zipline your way around Kauai. Discover secret waterfalls and hiking trails throughout this marvellous island. Known as the “Garden Isle” of the Hawaiian Islands, it’s the perfect destination for honeymoons and also for anyone who is seeking a greenery paradise.
If you just need to get away and find some relaxation, Kauai’s got you covered. Visit the Na Pali coast, a genuine geological wonder, for a tranquil and tropical retreat. With beautiful beaches and places to get some sun, camp or look for Niihau shells, this side remains more rural than other areas of the island.
This paradise is perfect for adventurous and nature lovers, but also a great destination for couples that want to explore the tropical rainforests and stunning beaches of this extraordinary island.
Lanai, which is a privately owned island but open to visitors, is notorious for its luxury resorts. One of the most popular attractions is the Garden of the Gods, which offers an unexpected but remarkable eerie red-rock landscape.
We also recommend a visit to Hulopo‘e Bay, home to spinner dolphins and turtles, is one of the best places on the island to swim and snorkel. After a day of outdoor adventures available at all skill levels, watch how the colours change in the pink sky at sunset.
If you are looking to indulge yourself at a luxury resort with romantic landscapes on a remote island, Lanai is the one for you.
The least populated and quiet of the Hawaiian Islands, Molokai is perfect for those who want to have a taste of an authentic Hawaiian experience with very few tourists. The island also has plenty of activities for adventure-seekers.
Once you start exploring Molokai, you will fall in love within a couple of days with its unspoiled nature and spectacular cliffs. For adventure lovers, we dare you to hike the highest sea cliffs in the world at Kalaupapa National Historic Park and admire its verdant scenes and wonderful sunset.
If you’re looking for an authentic Hawaiian holiday experience in wonderful surroundings, secluded and far from the most popular touristic destinations and plenty of outdoor activities, Molokai is your island to visit.
Inspired to include Miami into your East Coast American adventure? Download our America and or Islands brochure full of exciting new hotels, tours and cruises.