Hawaiian Island: How to Choose an Island for First-time Visitors

Are you planning a vacation to Hawaii but not sure where to start? Are you torn between choosing a single island or explore the Hawaiian Islands via island-hopping?

Worry no more! Wherever you travel around the islands of Hawaii, it’s always guaranteed fantastic beaches, friendly locals, and great food. However, every island has a unique flavour.

Get swept up the non-stop energy of the capital island, O’ahu. Hang loose on Maui, as it offers a little something for all especially for beachgoers. Get amazed at the towering sea cliffs on ancient Kaua’i. Surprise yourself at new land being birthed by volcanoes on the Big Island, Hawaii’s youngest isle. Wonder to total Hawaii beach homes on Lanai’s or learn to live life off the land on rural Moloka’i, where native traditions of Hawaii run strong. Whatever you’re looking for paradise, the Aloha State has it.

Moloka’i – Best of history, culture, and adventure

  • Most Hawaiian – Half of the people of Moloka’i have indigenous heritage. Locals and preserving its culture and land through schemes promoting tourism. The aloha spirit can feel everywhere and tourists and visitors find a genuine smile and welcoming characters.
  • Saint Damien – In 1873, a young priest travelled to Moloka’i’s remote Kalaupapa Peninsula and took care of leprosy patients. He is Saint Damien, USA’s first saint. This jaw-dropping peninsula is now a national park offering a time-travel adventure.
  • Halawa Valley – This valley was once home to hundreds of sacred taro patches. The guides will take you on a trail past temples to falls pounding into pools. Hike into the classic Cathedral valley in East End to see Hawaii of long ago. This place is home to towering waterfalls and is one of the island’s most historic areas.
  • Halawa Beach – There are two equally beautiful beaches here, the Kama’alaea Beach to the west and Kawili Beach to the east. Hawala Beach Park is located in Halawa Bay on the east shore. These two beaches are backed by low sand dunes and are detrital sand beaches. The remote bay is a great spot for fishing, picnicking, and sunbathing.

O’ahu – Best for culture, food, and beaches

  • Big city, small island – Huge part of Hawaii residents call ‘the Gathering Place’ home. It’s crowded so everyone rubs elbows on the city sidewalks and buses. Miles of forest trails and beaches are just a quick drive from the City’s museums and historical monuments.
  • An endless feast – Island farmers markets, food trucks, and fusion menus by famous Hawaiian’s chefs are all here. Indulge yourself and eat some more if you do nothing else on O’ahu.
  • Multicultural modernism – Ancient Hawaiian traditions greet the 21st century, embraced by East West.

Hawai’i the Big Island – Best for culture, wildlife, and hiking

  • Trail junkies, unite! – Earth’s most active volcano – the Kilauea, is a dreamscape for hikers. It’s a struggle getting to the top as you encounter icy waterfall pools, emerald valleys, and lava flows crashing against rainforest.
  • Cultural border crossing – In this island, the culture is not just being observed but rather absorbed. Everyone is invited to dance the hula or create a Lei.
  • Wildlife – Sea turtles glide, spinner dolphins leap, and coral gardens are packed with colourful fishes. Humpback whales steal the show during winter.

Maui – Best for hiking, food, and beaches

  • Sun and surf – Famous for its glorious sands, Maui have a beach for every mood. It’s a mecca for wind-whipped kiteboarding, calm snorkelling coves, hidden gems, and some of the biggest waves for surfing.
  • Trails galore – Maui’s hiking trails wind through a bamboo forest, wander past waterfalls, climb to lofty ridgetops, and crunch through a cindery volcanic national park.
  • Locavore heaven – Day-boat fish, grass-fed beef, and organic gardens assured you that Maui’s restaurants have the raw ingredients for you.

Lana’i – Best for remoteness, beaches, and history

  • Isolation – Lana’i seems like an isolated bit of subtropical pleasure. Larry Ellison, the owner of this island, wants to make Lana’i a self-sufficient Island.
  • Pineapples – The pineapples from this island were exported around the world since 20th century. A huge area of this island was planted with pineapples.
  • Hulupo’e Beach – This is one of the main beaches in Lana’i, it’s a long crescent of sand on a bay and is good for snorkelling. You’ll also enjoy its tidy and uncrowded park. Hulupo’e Bay is located on the south shore of the island and is the most popular picnicking and swimming spot. The crystal clear water invites snorkelers to see the amazing marine life below. This bay is protected marine preserve, so tourists and visitors are only allowed to take photos. No ship is allowed to anchor in this bay. Spinner dolphins and turtles are sometimes seen here.

Kaua’i – Best for landscapes, lifestyle, and beaches

  • Sunny Po’ipu – This is the most consistent sunny area on Kaua’i. It’s like a tropical version of sleepaway camp. You’ll definitely enjoy plenty of postcard sunsets here.
  • Canyons and cliffs – One of the sights that you need to see on your vacation to Kauai is the Waimea Canyon. It’s great to see the Grand Canyon of the Pacific from the lookout, but to stand along a cliff edge is even better, where you can get a 360-degree view. The canyons and cliff trails are definitely the most favourite Hawaii hikes.
  • The Northern bubble – Laid-back vibe and surfing make up the lifestyle on this mostly rural island. The North Shore is home to many tourists and backpackers who came to check in and stayed to tune out.

This article is submitted by Seema Gurnani from pandareviewz.com