If you’re starting to plan your trip to Hawaii, woohoo!! I’m so excited for you. You’re going to LOVE Hawaii. But if you’ve never been to Hawaii before, I’m guessing you might also be feeling a bit overwhelmed. After all, it’s a big trip and that’s a lot of money to spend. I know you want everything to be perfect. Don’t worry! This post will walk you through everything you need to do to plan the perfect Hawaiian vacation in 6 easy steps.
1.Decide which island(s) to visit: There are four main Hawaiian Islands (Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island).
Oahu: Oahu is the main island and attracts the most visitors. It’s where you’ll find Honolulu, Waikiki Beach, Pearl Harbor, Diamond Head, the Dole Plantation, gorgeous Lanikai Beach, the Polynesian Cultural Center, and the famed north shore. If you’re heading to Hawaii to see the famous sights, and have plenty to see and do, Oahu is probably your island.
Maui: Maui is the second most visited island and is known as the “honeymooner’s isle.” It’s slower, more laid back, and much more natural. Maui is famous for its beach resorts, golf, Road to Hana, Haleakala Crater, and snorkeling at Molokini Crater. If you want a relaxed vibe with still plenty to see and do (most of it natural), Maui is your spot.
Kauai: Thought to be Hawaii’s prettiest island by many (myself included), Kauai is the oldest island in the Hawaiian island chain and has probably the most “authentic” Hawaiian vibe you’ll find. It’s quiet, peaceful, pretty lazy, and gorgeous to the MAX. Kauai is famous for its Napali Coast, Waimea Canyon, and Hanalei Bay. If you’re looking for the stuff Jurassic Park is made of, this is your island.
Big Island: As you’ve probably guessed, the “Big Island” (also just called “Hawaii”) is the largest of the Hawaiian Islands and packed with plenty to keep you busy for weeks. The Big Island is home to Hawaii’s only active volcano, black (and green!) sand beaches, beautiful farmland, stunning valleys, and more waterfalls than you can count. The island is so large that it’s divided into two sides (Kona and Hilo), each with their own airport. The sheer size of this island makes planning a trip there daunting for many tourists, but it is BEAUTIFUL and home to some of the most unique features in the Hawaiian Islands.
Read more about which Hawaiian island to visit here.
Can’t decide which island to visit? Who says you have to choose?? Split up your trip and stay on more than one!