Updated: Jun 14, 2021
With Four Main Hawaiian Islands to choose from it can be difficult to pick an island that's right for you. Below are some of the differences between the islands that can make choosing a Hawaiian island easier based on your dream Hawaiian vacation.
Oahu Oahu has the largest population out of all of the Hawaiian Islands. Almost 1 million residents call Oahu home. Oahu is where Honolulu and Waikiki are. It's famous for Pearl Harbor, Waikiki Beach and the North Shore. Visitors love Waikiki which feels like the Hawaiian city that never sleeps. When you stay in Waikiki you can easily walk to many restaurants and shops and enjoy the variety of nightlife. Oahu also has more local parts of the island on the East Side/Windward Coast, the North Shore and the West Side/Leeward Coast. Visitors can enjoy surfing on the North Shore, seeing dolphins on the Westside, visiting Lanikai and Kailua Beach on the Eastside of the island or exploring the many beautiful beaches. Oahu is also famous for Kualoa Ranch which is where many of the famous movies were filmed, like Jurassic Park. You can do almost anything on Oahu that you can do on the other Hawaiian islands, while keeping busy and being close to shops, restaurants and nightlife. If you get bored easily and want lots of variety, Oahu is the island for you! Kauai Kauai is one of my favorite islands due to being lush, green and having the tropical look that you picture when you think of Hawaii. Kauai is known for the Na Pali Coast which can only be seen by sea or air. Witnessing the Na Pali Mountains drop from the clouds to the sea is absolutely amazing. You might even see dolphins while you explore the coast by boat. Kauai is also known for Waimea Canyon which is one of the wettest places in the world. Kauai is best for visitors that want to be outdoors and explore the island. Hiking is popular on Kauai, as well as kayaking the Wailua River, mountain tubing in the old sugar cane ditches and enjoying the many beaches. If you're wanting a lush tropical vacation and to see all the waterfalls you can dream of, Kauai may be the right island for you! Maui Maui is a great mix of Oahu and Kauai. It can be relaxing, while also having shops, dining and nightlife available without the 1 million people on Oahu. Visitors enjoy snorkeling Molokini Crater or Lanai and seeing dolphins and whales. Maui is also known for the Road to Hana which is a windy road on the coast of Maui. Visitors also go to Maui to watch the sunrise on top of Haleakala. If you want to visit Hawaii during whale season, Maui is one of the best Hawaiian Islands to whale watch on! Visitors can also take a ferry over to Lanai and Molokai from Maui for an easy day trip. If you're wanting a mix of Oahu and Kauai, then Maui might be the right island for you. Big Island aka Hawaii The Big Island is known for Volcanoes National Park which is the only place in Hawaii where you can see an active Volcano. Visitors also come to Hawaii to see lava, black sand beaches and green sand beaches. If you're adventurous you can snorkel with dolphins or night snorkel with Manta Rays! Many visitors don't believe that there's snow in Hawaii, but snow can be seen on top of Mauna Kea which can be seen all the way from Kailua Kona and the Waikoloa resort area. If you want an adventurous yet uncrowded island, then Hawaii might be the right island for you!
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