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Which Island To Go To in Hawaii?

Sometimes people make the mistake of thinking Hawaii is just a single destination when in reality each island has its own unique charm and personality.

Let's be honest, there’s really no wrong choice when it comes to choosing which Hawaiian island to visit as they’re all incredible, but how do you decide which is the best island in Hawaii FOR YOU?

That’s where I come in as your travel advisor!

Here is an overview of the four most popular islands in Hawaii to help you get started.

Waikiki Beach Oahu Hawaii
Waikiki, Oahu


Known as “The Gathering Place,” Oahu is the most urban of the Hawaiian islands with the capital of Honolulu being the 11th largest city in the U.S.

This is the island where you’ll find the most cultural and historic sites including Pearl Harbor, which is a must visit. The famous Waikiki Beach is in the heart of all the action with shopping, fine-dining, and nightlife within walking distance.

When you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, you can head to the North Shore of Oahu for world-renowned surfing and the charming laid back town of Haleiwa, hike to the top of Diamond Head, or go on an adventure at Kualoa Ranch.

Road to Hana Maui Hawaii
Wai'anapanapa Black Sand Beach - Road to Hana, Maui


Known as “The Valley Isle,” Maui has a little bit of everything Hawaii has to offer and is considered to be the most romantic.

There’s a mix of city and country life here allowing you to have a balanced vacation filled with a combination of relaxing beach days and exciting adventurous days.

The Road to Hana is a gorgeously scenic coastal drive that’s not to be missed, and seeing the sunrise from the top of Haleakala is a breathtaking experience. You can go on a catamaran ride to see humpback whales, spend an afternoon golfing on a championship course, or do some snorkeling in the Molokini crater.

Na Pali Coast Kauai Hawaii
Napali Coast, Kauai


Known as “The Garden Isle,” Kauai has the most dramatic scenery filled with lush green valleys and rugged soaring cliffs.

This is the perfect place for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts to get their fill. Kauai is a peaceful retreat for those looking for an unplugged vacation.

With only 10% of Kauai being accessible by car, hiking is the best way to explore the island in places like Waimea Canyon and Kokee State Park. And, taking a helicopter tour for stunning views of the Napali Coast is at the top of most visitors' list.

Volcanoes National Park Big Island of Hawaii
Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii

Island of Hawaii

Known as “The Big Island,” the Island of Hawaii is the largest and most ecologically diverse of all the islands.

This the least touristy of the four islands I’ve listed and the only one where you can get up close to an active volcanoKilauea in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. There are also snow-capped mountains, botanical gardens, and black sand beaches.

One of the most unique tours you can do on the Island of Hawaii is to go night snorkeling with the majestic manta rays. Swimming with these gentle giants is a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Depending on how much time you have, you may want to stick to just one island or you might decide to do a little bit of island-hopping in Hawaii.

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