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Need help choosing which Islands to visit in Hawaii and how long to stay!

When planning a trip to Hawaii, what areas are the greatest challenge for making decisions: how long to stay, budget, which islands, keeping everyone happy who plans to travel, other?

2 Answers

answered first by
Teri from Walnut Creek, California

Aloha Jane~ as a Certified Master Specialist for the Islands of Hawai'i, this is one of my most important jobs!  Each island is very different and truly unique for its own reasons.  Knowing what you want and what you expect, always helps me to advise my guests.  There is absolutely no set answer! This is where I always ask my potential guests for a little bit of their time.  If you want the perfect, customized, and memorable Hawai'i experience... you must be willing to spend a little time with an expert!  (BTW... it's complimentary, and you under no obligation!  I just love to share!)

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answered by
Terry from Honaunau, Hawaii

Jane every island is amazing!  Every island has fans that say it's the best island!  It all depends on what you are looking to see and do.  O'ahu combines the excitement and high energy of the "city" life as well as the beauty of the "country" side.  The island has an endless list of activities from cultural attractions to ziplining to hiking to visiting the only royal palace on American soil!

Kaua'i is considered to be the most beautiful of the Hawaiian Islands; nature lovers choice. Beautiful scenery to explore including the Waimea Canyon State Park, the Na'Pali Coast State Park Coastline.  Helicopter tour is the top activity and allows you to see inaccessible places on the island!  Great hiking trails.   

The Big Island  is the most diverse of the Hawaiian Islands.  The world has 13 different climate zones and this island has 11 of the 13 zones!   It also is the home of the world's most active volcano.  Beautiful waterfalls and rain forests.  Snow capped mountains (seasonal). 

Maui is the favorite island among many Hawaii visitors.  Voted best island year after year by Conde Nast readers.  Sunrise on top of Haleakalā National Park Crater, driving the road to Hana, seeing the second largest banyan tree in the world, shopping in Lahaina town.

These are the four most visited Hawaiian Islands.  There are two lesser visited islands which appeals to certain visitors.  Molokai where you will feel like what the other islands used to be like fifty to a hundred years ago!  Laid back and completely undeveloped.  Lana'i where you can go to relax.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. O'ahu (attraction)
  2. Kaua'i (attraction)
  3. Waimea Canyon State Park (attraction)
  4. Na'Pali Coast State Park (attraction)
  5. The Big Island (island)
  6. Maui (attraction)
  7. Haleakalā National Park (park)
  8. Lahaina (city)
  9. Molokai (island)

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