Planning GuideThe Islands

Hawaiʻi is a beautiful and unique place filled with amazing wildlife, relaxing beaches, exciting adventures, and a rich culture. There is a ton to do on each of the islands, that's why we created this four step guide to simplify your vacation and make it easy to get the most out of the islands. Our guide starts with an overview of the islands and want you can expect to find.

Identifying which islands to Visit

There is limited transportation between the islands of Hawaiʻi. We usually recommend travelers sticking to maybe one or two islands to maximize your vacation and see the most each island has to offer. A first step in planning is identifying which island(s) you would like to visit.


"The Gathering Place"

If this is your first time to Hawaii, we strongly suggest sticking to Oahu. The island is a decent size and has enough to do for whatever vacation you are looking for. From historic sights like Pearl Harbour, surfing in North Beach, beaches, shopping in Honolulu, and hiking, Oahu has it all. It is also the easiest to travel to as most flights go straight into Honolulu.


"The Valley Isle"

I always feel like Maui is the adventure's paradise. The island has a small population with quaint towns and the most spectacular scenery around. Just driving around on Hana Highway can take your breath away. It is known around the world to have some of the best beaches. Choose this island if you are looking to explore a bit of the outdoors and have some unforgettable experiences.


"The Big Island"

The Big Island is a diverse and unique environment - it is said you can travel through 10 of the world's 14 different types of climate zones just on this island. It is currently the only island with active volcanic activity, with large areas covered by volcanic rock. But you can also get a taste of island life in the boardwalk town of Kona the larger Hilo.


"The Garden Isle"

For a more outdoor adventure, Kauai is your place. This is a place aged by the passage of time, with dramatic valleys and lush rainforests. Snorkeling, kayaking, zipline, and hiking are common activities. The island is a beautiful place, with hidden beauties that can only be accessible by air or sea.


"The Valley Isle"

Also known as the pineapple island, this island boasts that you won't find a single traffic light - most of the island is unpaved. But you can still find diamonds in the rough in some of the luxurious resorts found on the island. If you want to get away from it all, Lanai could be your place.


Since over half the island is of Native Hawaiian ancestry, it is steeped in Hawaiian culture. It is a place to connect with the outdoors and become one with nature, unspoiled by tourism and development.

The Other Islands

There are couple other islands that cannot be visited. This includes the island of Niʻihau, which is West of Kauaʻi, and the island of Kahoʻolawe, which interestedly enough was used as target practice during World War II by the U.S. Military.