You may have seen this beautiful chain of islands make a debut in our Top Destinations blog a couple weeks ago. People are flocking to this domestic escape because of all that it offers it's visitors. With white sandy beaches, luscious rainforests, world class resorts, mountains, and even desert landscapes, there is truly something here for every travel style. The best part of all? You will not have to worry about passports or customs. A trip to Hawaii can sound exotic and expensive to most travelers, but it doesn't have to be! There are several airlines that fly direct into Honolulu, Maui, and Kauai from cities on the west coast.
Best Times to Visit: May through September offer the perfect summer temperatures while April, May, September, October, and November are the cheapest months!
Experience the Hawaii Islands:
Oahu, the "Heart of Hawaii": This is the most popular island where you will find the capital of the state, Honolulu. It is also home to the Pearl Harbor Memorial, North Shore, and one of the most famous beaches in the world, Waikiki. Being that it is the most populated island of them all, Oahu is a foodie paradise with hundreds of restaurants and world-class shopping. Added perk: flights from the mainland to Oahu are the cheapest.
Hawaii, the "Big Island": From active volcanoes to coffee farms, there is so much to do on Hawaii! Mostly because it is always growing in size from the active lava flow of the Kilauea Volcano. It is home to at least 11 climate zones, so one can enjoy the sun, snow, rain and even desert conditions. You can enjoy some of the best snorkeling, beautiful resorts, scenic waterfalls, and coastal scenery on this island.
Kauai, the "Garden Isle": This is the oldest island of the Hawaiian islands. It is located farthest north in the island chain making flights a little expensive from the mainland. Kauai offers some of the most dramatic scenery of all the islands with mountains, cliffs, and valleys as well as waterfalls, rainforests, and rivers. Spend your days kayaking, snorkeling, and hiking or relax at one of the many top-notch resorts on the island.
Molokai, the "Most Hawaiian Island": This is the most local spot you can get throughout all of the Hawaiian islands. Molokai is spacious and private with no buildings standing taller than a palm tree. There are no fancy resorts but if you are seeking outdoor adventures paired with some peace and quiet, this is the spot for you!
Lanai, the "Rugged Island": Lanai is not for everyone, but it does have a lot of offer! It is very quiet with minimal nightlife but offers it's guests relaxation, beautiful weather, hiking, and renowned golf courses. Lanai is easily accessible from Maui by a quick ferry ride.
Maui, the "Valley Isle": On Maui you will find world-famous beaches that feature black, red, and white sand. This is a great option for travelers looking for a little adventure with snorkeling, hiking, and ATVing! But, like all of the Hawaiian islands, it is also a beautiful place to take in some sunshine and relaxation. Flights to Maui are the second-cheapest of ll the islands!
Feature Hotels: Turtle Bay (Oahu), Hotel Wailea (Maui), Four Seasons Hualalai (Big Island)
Know Before You Go...
Be respectful of the islands! A lot of the land is considered sacred to locals and they expect you to treat it as such.
Pack your camera. This may seem obvious but its is certainly worth a reminder because with so many different landscapes you will want to be snapping pictures left and right.
Experience a true luau! This is something you will not want to miss out on during your time in Hawaii.