Hawaii is truly paradise. It doesn’t matter which island you are on, there is always something magical. I’ve been many times and wanted to share the best things to do on each Hawaiian Island.
This week, we are heading to the Hawaiian islands! I’ve been a frequent visitor to Hawaii, and I loved my vacation time on the Big Island. We flew over active volcanoes, swam with the Manta Rays, and ate a few meals I will never forget. But, I promise I’m not partial to just Hawai’i! Here are a few of my favorite things to do across the gorgeous chain of Hawaiian islands. But first, pick out your hotel first. I love staying at any of the SANDALS resorts!
The Best Things To Do On Each Hawaiian Island
Hawaii is great for Kayakers! Head out to enjoy a reef or access a secluded beach, all while getting a tan AND a workout. Kayak at Kaneohe Bay, Oahu or Honolua Bay, Maui. You’ll be greeted with the best scenery!
Swim With the Dolphins
If you are dying to get a little more up close and personal with the native wildlife, try swimming with the dolphins! Hawaii has centers located throughout the islands where animals are safe and treated humanely. Check out the Sunlight on Water tour on the Big Island, and Dolphin Excursions in Oahu.
Lava Boat Tours
Dying to see some lava up close and personal? See it via boat. Located on the Hilo side of The Big Island tourists can actually watch lava slide off into the ocean. It’s cool because you are actually witnessing a new part of the island being formed! They have tours leading all through the night, so it’s a great any time activity! I recommend going through Lava Boat Tours.
Luau It Up
This is a can’t miss! I had some of the best food of my life at a Luau. I ate the most delicious pork and the fresh pineapple (worthy mention: check out the Dole pineapple plant on Maui!) No matter the island you stay on, you have GOT to check out these options for an unforgettable dinner. Don’t forget to plan in advance!
-Sheraton Kona Resort, The Big Island
-Kilohauna Plantation, Kauai
-Old Lahaina Luau, Maui
-Hilton Hawaiian Village, Oahu
Going to a Hawaiian farmers market was one of the favorite parts of all my trips. It’s so fun to sample the local food, and purchase some of that yummy fruit. Beware, you may not be able to take your fruit home to mainland, USA. Check before you fly, so you can enjoy all of your fruit before you go!
Now, you don’t have to do much to convince me that this is the best way to see this beautiful state. In some cases (dependent on skill and road quality) you may be able to cover the island in as little as a day. Now that? That’s how you get around!
There are a lot of scenic hikes among the Hawaiian islands, from the Stairway to Heaven (Maui) or the Kalalau in Kauai hikes have a lot to choose from. While I was visiting Oahu, I hiked the Manuawili Falls, and it was immediately a favorite. The cliff diving was great here, but travelers should be cautious.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find the air marshalls briefcase before Kate did….
See The Volcanoes
Because when are you ever going to get to see an active volcano again? Head to The Big Island for two big volcanoes (Maunaloa and Kilauea) both are gorgeous, and I highly recommend visiting Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. There is a third volcano, Loihi, but it is located off the coast (and under the sea) of Hawaii.
Visit the Beach
The beaches have to be at the top of the list for the best things to do on each Hawaiian Island.
Hawaii has world renowned beaches, and as every tourist knows, it’s important to take advantage of the scenery! These beaches were a few of my favorite as I traveled over the years:
1.Waikiki Beach, Oahu- Not for those who love the peace and quiet, but it’s cool to say you’ve been!
2.Kauna’oa Beach, Big Island- I loved this beach specifically for it’s privacy. There’s a limit to 25 people on the beach at a time, so get there early!
3.Lanakai, Oahu-Ranked one of the best in the world, these crystal clear waters are simply unbeatable.
4.Ho’okipa, Maui- The windsurfing was amazing here!
5. Punalu’u Beach, Big Island- Also known as Black Sand Beach because the sand is literally black. Sea turtles lay eggs here so stay on the lookout!
Who knew that you could see so much in such a short period of time? Ziplining is beautiful in Maui; try the Maui Ka’anapali Zipline.
As you can see, Hawaii is packed with things to do. But, I still believe no matter what island you are on, the best things to do on each Hawaiian island is to enjoy time spent with those you love.