Looking to relocate or go on vacation? Is Hawaii a state you are considering? There are six Hawaiian Islands for you to explore. Each of the Hawaiian Islands is unique. They offer different adventures, activities, and sights. Below is a brief summary of each so you can decide which of the Hawaiian Islands are on the top of your exploration list.
Kauai, nicknamed the “Garden Isle” is home to beautiful scenery. It is the fourth largest island. Kauai is known for its tropical rainforests, cascading waterfalls, rivers, mountains, cliffs, and valleys. Some parts of Kauai are only accessible by sea or air, but the views are worth it and beyond breathtaking. Activities include kayaking on the Wailua River, snorkeling on Poipu Beach, zip lining above the valleys, or hiking the trails at Kokee State Park.
Sometimes called “The Gathering Place” or “The Heart of Hawaii,” Oahu is the third largest of the Hawaiian islands. It has the most diverse population and has a combination of city life and surf life. Oahu is broken down into many differents regions which include Honolulu, Central Oahu, Leeward Coast, North Shore, and Windward Coast. Central Oahu is home to Pearl Harbor so you can gain a perspective of World War II when visiting here.
At only 38 miles long and 10 miles across, Molokai is Hawaii’s fifth largest island. It is home to the highest sea cliffs and longest reefs. A high percent of the population that live here have long Native Hawaiian ancestry. You can explore the cliffs that lead to Kalaupapa National Historical Park or relax at Papohaku Beach, one of Hawaii’s largest white sand beaches.
Lanai is the smallest of the Hawaiian Islands, but it is full of excitement. Lanai is home to luxurious resorts, high class amenities, and skilled golf courses. If you are into adventure, you can rent a 4-wheeler for the day and explore off the beaten path.
Known as “The Valley Isle,” Maui is the second largest of the Hawaiian Islands. It known for its famous beaches, humpback whale sightings, delicious cuisines, and beautiful sunrises and sunsets.
Island of Hawaii
The largest and youngest island is The Island of Hawaii. It is nearly twice as big as all of the other Hawaiian Islands combined. It has a vast range in climates ranging from Wet Tropical to Polar Tundra. It is also home to massive volcanoes such as Maunakea and Maunaloa. Activities include relaxing on the beach, volcano exploration, shopping at local shops and farmers’ markets, and swimming in heated tide pools.