Which Island?

Which Hawaiian Island should I choose?

This is a question often asked by first time traveler to Hawaii, or travelers who have never visited outside of popular Waikiki on Oahu. Each Hawaiian Island shares similar characteristics, like warm tropical weather, a plethora of beaches to visit, and fun activities to engage in, but here are some distinct differences to help you make your choice:

Choose Oahu if

  • You enjoy the amenties that come with a world class vacation spot
  • You enjoy shopping - there is everything from luxury to trinkets
  • Nightlife is important to you
  • A direct flight is important to you (HNL is the main airport for all of Hawaii)
  • A variety of dining options is important to you
  • Crowds don't bother you (Waikiki, Honolulu)
  • You want to watch a live surfing competition (North Shore)
  • You'd like everything to be within walking distance (Waikiki)
  • You have an interest in history (Honolulu's Historical District)
  • You are taking the family and need a variety of kid-friendly activity options

Choose Maui if

  • You enjoy small, boutique towns or countryside
  • You want near perfect seclusion (Hana)
  • Art galleries are fun to tour (Friday Night Art Walk in Lahaina)
  • Whale watching is an activity you would like to do
  • For great snorkeling and scuba options
  • Golfing on world class golf courses is your forté
  • It's a romantic vacation you and your partner are seeking

Choose Hawaii (Big Island) if

  • You want to see an active volcano (Kilauea)
  • You want to visit an observatory and watch the stars
  • Deep sea sport fishing is your ideal vacation (Kona side)
  • You want to see snow and drive to a beach in the same day
  • You want to stand at the southernmost US town (Southpoint)
  • Hiking is top of your to-do list
  • Diverse terrain sparks your interest (11 of 13 world climate zones are found here)

Choose Kauai if

  • You enjoy the countryside and small town feel
  • Outdoor adventures are your thing (kayaking, hiking, biking)
  • Dramatic landscapes excite you (Waimea canyon, Napali Coast)
  • You are a movie buff (over 100 motion pictures & TV shows have been filmed here)
  • You want to go to a beach and be the only one there (not always, but it happpens)