The Hawaiian Islands
Hawaii is made up of several small islands. Each one has a number of attractions that you will want to explore. It has the potential to be a tropical destination for you, regardless of when you go. December to April is considered the best timeframe to visit because the weather is no good anywhere else in the U.S.
Surfing in Hawaii Surfing and Hawaii go hand in hand. It is one of the top sports and you can choose to participate or simply watch.
Whether you have gone surfing or not, there are plenty of beaches to enjoy the surf. If you have never surfed before, lessons are readily available everywhere you look.
The heartbeat of Hawaiian surfing is found in Oahu and the North Shore has something for every skill level. As such, it's going to make it easy to find plenty of places for you to take to the waves:
- Puaena Point
- Chun's Reef
- Laiakea Beach
- Diamond Head Cliffs
- Flat Island
At these beaches, you can also participate in Stand Up Paddleboarding and other watersports. Of course, there are plenty of other beaches to explore throughout Hawaii. This surfing guide will tell you all of the hot-spots to hit.
Oahu Oahu is where Honolulu is, which is where you will find a lot of fun attractions. It is also home to Waikiki Beach, which is where there are many incredible resorts, some of which are adults only.
There are quite a few attractions you won't want to miss out on:
- Circle Island tour
- Hawaii Nautical
- Bishop Museum
- Pearl Harbor
Whether you are looking for history or adventure, you will find it in Oahu.
Maui Maui is the second-largest Hawaiian island and is where you will find a lot of volcanoes as well as zip lining and other adrenaline-racing activities.
You won't want to miss out on all that this stunning island has to offer:
- Lavender fields
- Whale watching
There is a significant amount of natural beauty for you to explore in Maui.
The Big Island The Big Island should come as no surprise to you that it is the biggest island. Many people look for a special name for it, though it is always referred to as The Big Island.
You can stay busy with plenty of attractions and activities:
- Helicopter tours
- Mauna Kea
- Hawaiian Vanilla Company
If you're an adrenaline junkie, this is the island where you will want to spend the majority of your time.
Volcanoes Volcanoes are a big part of the Hawaiian landscape and it is the eruptions that are responsible for creating the chain of islands known as Hawaii. There are also two active volcanoes, which are on the island of Hawai'i. Mauna Loa is the most massive and stands at approximately 56,000 feet above the sea floor. The other is Kīlauea.
You can find out a lot about the volcanoes by viewing the details of the national park on the NPS website.
One of the easiest ways to see the volcanoes is by helicopter. This allows you to see the rim of the volcano without getting too close.
The Park Service also allows backcountry hiking of Mauna Loa, though stays are limited to three nights per size and group sizes cannot be larger than 12. You will need to register for a permit of $10 and you need to be a seasoned hiker. You can plan your visit by getting more details here.
Top Restaurants Hawaii is known for their South Pacific flavors. You can enjoy some delectable items while dining in the islands, ranging from fresh fish to kalua pork.
There are some incredible restaurants you won’t want to miss:
- Alan Wong’s, Honolulu
- Sansei Seafood Restaurant, Maui
- ‘ULU Ocean Grill, Big Island
- Chef Mavro, Honolulu
- Ko, Maui
Top Resorts When you visit Hawaii, you will want to consider where your accommodations will be. Much of this depends on what you want to do. It may be better to stay on one island and then take a few day trips to other islands. You may also want to island hop and stay on a few of the islands.
Either way, there are a lot of stunning resorts and hotels that are all-inclusive. You will get the beach access that is highly desirable. Plus, they will have the restaurants and entertainment that you want so that there is no real reason to have to leave the premises.
There's a top hotel regardless of what island you want to stay on:
- Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Big Island
- Hotel Wailea, Maui
- Koa Kea Hotel & Resort, Kauai
- Halekulani, Oahu