Impressive volcanoes, rich ancient culture, and mouth-watering cuisine – it is no surprise Hawaii has become a loved travel destination for many. Whether you are craving a laid-back holiday or a fun-filled getaway, the Aloha state has something for everyone. The best way to experience the Hawaiian way of life to the fullest is to head on an island-hopping adventure. With our help, discover the most beautiful islands and exciting sites to see there.
If there really is paradise on Earth, it is surely the Kauai island. With its stunning beaches, powdered shores, and colourful marine life, it is definitely one of the most beautiful parts of Hawaii. Make sure to hike the 22-mile (roundtrip) Kalalau Trail that offers breath-taking views of the Aloha State and an opportunity to do a one-of-a-kind workout. Expect dramatic cliffs, gorgeous, crowd-free beaches, and mesmerizing vistas. Keep in mind, though – to take the hike, you will need a permit. But don’t worry – getting one is a piece of cake. What makes Kauai special is the fact it is Hawaii’s oldest island. Therefore it has a rich natural history.
Visiting Hawaii without stopping my Maui – its second-largest island – would be a crime. Famous for its glorious sands and plenty of beaches, Maui will be an unexpected surprise. Catch some of the biggest waves on Earth, take the scenic drive alongside waterfalls and cliffs to Hana, and discover the Haleakala National Park. Whenever hunger kicks in, have a bite at Mama’s Fish House, which serves incredible seafood, or at Monkeypod Kitchen to have mouth-watering comfort food. Fans of Japanese food will surely enjoy Morimoto, but Spago will be the right choice if you prefer fine dining. Either way – your taste buds will surely do a happy dance!
Not sure where to stay? Our favorite is Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort, which has been designed by the award-winning Rockwell group.
In Maui, you will find two airports. The most popular one that also serves direct flights from the West Coast is Kahului, located just a 30-minute ride to Andaz Maui. To move around the island, we suggest renting a car.
Those looking for the perfect combination of city and nature will enjoy a trip to Oahu – the most visited Hawaiian island and home to its biggest city – Honolulu. Make sure to include the Byodo-In Temple in your itinerary – the UNESCO World Heritage site is an impressive example of the multicultural landscape of the islands. While you are on the island, go on a hike to Manoa Falls. Did you know that the area was used as a set for Jurassic Park and Lost? Take a walk and admire the variety of beautiful plants and in the end – have a swim at the incredible Manoa Falls.
In Oahu, you will find the biggest airport in Hawaii – the Honolulu International Airport. Direct flights are provided by Delta Airlines, American Airlines, United Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, and also Southwest Airlines.
To satisfy your inner foodie, have a bite at the Original Roy’s, which serves the best food on the whole island. If you are not sure where to have a snack, explore the main strip in Waikiki, which has plenty of fabulous and exciting restaurants. The only downside – it can get a bit crowded.
Those who wish to spend a couple of nights at Oahu have quite a few options to choose from. Halekulani on Waikiki Beach is one of our favorites. Situated right in the middle of the action, the newly renovated hotel provides excellent service for a reasonable price. However, if you prefer a more private stay, you can’t go wrong by choosing the Kahala Hotel & Resort, which is nestled just a 10-minute ride to Waikiki Beach.
Luxurious pampering, great outdoor activities, and food that will satisfy even the biggest critic – Lanai has got something to offer for everyone. Although it is sometimes referred to as Hawaii’s private island (because 98% of the island is held by a single owner, Larry Ellison), Lanai is open for all curious visitors, and there is plenty to see and do. The most popular landmark on the island is Pu’u Pehe – a mesmerizing scene that features turquoise waters and red cliffs. Also, don’t forget to see Keahiakawelo, which is known as the Garden of the Gods. Wander around the stunning landscape that seems almost otherworldly.
Island of Hawaii
One place that should be on every traveller’s bucket list is undoubtedly the Island of Hawaii. Hike through the lava fields, go snorkelling and admire the stunning marine world, head on surfing adventures, and zipline in captivating rain forests – when looking for a fun-filled holiday, it would be hard to find a better destination. While you are there, explore the Hilo and Hamakua coasts which are packed with waterfalls, beautiful tropical flowers, and other natural treasures that can be found in the botanical garden. Pay a visit to the unique seahorse farm or – if you are not afraid of heights – take a helicopter tour over the island’s active volcano. Romantic souls will surely enjoy stargazing at Mauna Kea. Whatever you choose to do, you are in for a treat!
The Big Island has plenty of yummy dining spots. We suggest checking out the Canoe House that offers panoramic ocean views and Merriman’s Big Island, for finding delicious local food.
To have a memorable stay, we suggest choosing Mauna Lani, an Auberge Resort that includes everything one needs for a comfortable stay. Those traveling with families can enjoy in-property dining and a pretty extraordinary experience – barefoot dining at the Canoe House. The hotel also offers fun activities for its guests. For example, animal lovers may join the Turtle program at Malama Honu, while adrenaline junkies can have a fun day at SurfShack – Mauna Lani’s Sports activity center.
Getting to the Island of Hawaii is quite easy since there are two airports. We suggest flying into Kona International Airport that is a 26-minute drive to Mauna Lani. Most people choose to rent a car. However, Uber, Lyft, and other taxis also operate in the area.
The stunning scenery stretches of white sand beaches, the wonderful aloha spirit – these are just a few reasons why you should consider island hopping through Hawaii. As you begin your trip, you will realize that there is much more to the gorgeous islands than the surface shows. Are you ready for your next adventure in the Aloha state?