The world’s most famed vacation spot, Hawaii inspires dreams of golden beaches, crashing waterfalls, lush rainforest, soaring national parks, striking coastline, and yes, hula and cocktails! But these 6 utopian islands, sitting pretty in the Pacific, all have very different characters…
Famed for ancient landscapes and natural splendor, Kauai is best for adventurers and hopeless romantics! The oldest and most dramatically beautiful of the islands, it boasts no end of outdoor activities and escapes. From the dazzling Coconut Coast beaches, to the looming Napali cliffs, to the canyons of Waimea, to the meandering Wailua river; come and lose yourself in the moment.
The most populous island, Oahu is great for those seeking culture and city lights! Waikiki is the hub of the action- boasting art, shopping, entertainment, luxury hotels and a vibrant social scene. Absorb the striking city-meets-beach landscape from Diamond Head, pay your respects at iconic Pearl Harbor, watch the hair-raising North Shore surfers, and snorkel crystal clear Hanauma Bay.
Molokai is famed for Native history and outdoor exploration. The pace of life is decidedly slower, with the focus on exploring Polynesian connections in sleepy towns like Kaunakakai. Absorb bygone culture and beauty at Kalaupapa National Historical Park, step back in time in the lush Halawa Valley, then drool over one of Hawaii’s largest and whitest beaches, Papohaku.
If you want to escape it all, then come to Lanai– which has not one single traffic light! Think luxury, privacy and high-end romance, where lavish resorts cater to your every whim. Enjoy the natural beauty of Hulopoe Bay, the mesmerizing rock formations of Keahiakawelo, the enchanting moonscapes of Keahiakawelo, and the 4wd trails of Munro– minus any crowds!
Large, popular and developed for tourism; Maui is the ideal spot for a varied family vacation. Enjoy lush beaches, luxury hotels, whale-watching, shopping, cute towns, majestic national parks, a spell-binding sunrise at beguiling Haleakala, and winding curiosities of the iconic ‘road to Hana’. And if that’s not enough, how about some world-renowned surfing and kite-boarding?!
Known as the ‘Big Island’, Hawaii is large enough to support a staggering 11 climates! There are raging waterfalls on the Hamakua Coast, lush gardens in Hilo, snowcapped mountains, tropical beaches, Kona coffee plantations, and even an active volcano! So if you’ve always wanted to ski a glacier then lay on a roasting beach, the Big Island is for you.
Created by Melissa Elderfield