A holiday to Hawaii is a life-long dream for many people, and from the tropical climate to the wonderful marine life, it’s no wonder why millions of people travel to these islands every year. If you’re considering booking a trip of a lifetime to the most luxurious spot in the Pacific Ocean, you’re going to have to first consider what island you’re going to visit first. There are eight islands that make up Hawaii, with six openly accessible to international holidaymakers, and four remaining the most popular than all the islands put together.
Hawaii, or the ‘big island’, experiences tourism booms every year, easily raking in the most people, however the other islands only average around 100,000 visitors annually. Just because the big island is the most popular however, that doesn’t mean it’s the best island to visit!
Each of the six accessible islands (with the other two being privately owned and only open to volunteers) all have their own special and unique attributes, meaning they’re all tropical paradises in their own right. If you’re trying to decide what island to visit first, or what island to spend the majority of your time on, you’re going to have to consider what you want from your holiday. Let’s see what island is best for your holiday.
Island Hopping Logistics
Thankfully, it’s only five hours flight time if you’re departing from anywhere along the West Coast, and the four main Hawaiian islands offer direct flights to most places on the United States mainland, as well as a number of other international destinations. If you’re looking to island hop, the fastest way is by boat plane, however it can also be one of the most expensive options too. At just under half an hour by plane between the islands, it would be more economical for your wallet, as well as more adventurous, to see the islands by boat.
Kauai is the most eroded out of all the Hawaiian islands, and that’s because it’s the oldest. From rain and wind to volcanic eruptions and battering waves, Kauai has braved the Pacific Ocean’s worst for over five million years, and although this leaves the island with intense character, many of the rock formations are unstable, and highly susceptible to mud slides.
That doesn’t remove the fact that there are a number of great activities to undertake on Kauai, one of the most popular being hiking. The island has over 11 miles of hiking trail, and tourists are encouraged to pre-book due to the popularity of the activity. Furthermore, the Wailua River offers amazing kayaking opportunities. Make sure you check flights to Hawaii with cheapflights in order to get the best deals to Kauai this year.
If you’re travelling to Hawaii for your honeymoon, the Maui is the place for you. Not only does it offer the perfect combination of relation and exciting adventure, but it also has a number of natural elements that can’t be found anywhere else on the earth. The views are nothing less than beautiful, and there are a variety of luxury hotels and beachside apartments offering hospitality you could only dream of. If you’re a newlywed, then Maui must be experienced.
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