Hawaii Travel Guide

Traveling to Hawaii

Hawaii beach at sunset

It’s plain and simple. Hawaii is paradise. Everything about these tropical islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean screams heaven on Earth. From palm trees with coconuts, gorgeous weather all year-round, hidden beaches with clear blue water, culture that is welcoming and grateful for life, and experiences that you could never have anywhere else on the planet. If you haven’t been to Hawaii, do yourself a HUGE favor and book some plane tickets right now. Once those plane tickets have been purchased and the excitement has been initiated, read on for some of the best things to do, see, and experience on the Hawaiian Islands. From must-do bucket list items to hidden beaches this article will supply all the information on these paradise islands you will ever need.  We’ll cover all the visitable islands and their most significant things to do and see. Feel free to follow the links provided under each item to further your planning and excitement for traveling to Hawaii. Quick word of advice: pack an oversized Hawaiian button-up t-shirt to wear as you travel. The locals love it and no one will tell you are a tourist. 

A String of Islands

Hawaii is composed of eight different pacific islands that all hold their own uniqueness, sights, and energy. Not all of the eight are tourist accessible, but there are six that do allow tourists. Those six islands will be covered here, from all things to do and see to some unique facts and information that will allow you to travel the islands with ease and comfort. The six islands are Oahu, Kauai, Hawaii, Maui, Lanai, and Molokai. Each island holds their own unique experiences and sights. Most people simply visit one island for their vacation and this is the safest bet when trying to experience the full island and not have any regrets. Yet some folks attempt to visit multiple islands in one vacation. Both approaches are equal in excitement, so whatever the case may be, feel free to use this article as your guide to the best Hawaii vacation ever. 

Oahu

Looking for nightlife, city atmospheres, and the opportunities to be in paradise but still connected to some of the greatest island commodities? We highly suggest heading over to the city of Honolulu on the great island of Oahu. Oahu is entitled the heart of Hawaii and that’s because it is home to the most diverse life on all the islands of Hawaii. From busy cities with endless things to do to relaxing beach towns that hold the true culture and mindset of the native life. If you were looking for the best of both worlds, Oahu is the island to visit. In this section, we will be exploring the many and wonderful things to do while on the island of Oahu. Beaches, restaurants, hikes, and more. For more information on the activities and events listed, please follow the links provided under each option.

Where to Stay

The Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

The first question to answer is where will you and your family be staying? How about staying on one of the most popular beaches that is connected to some of the greatest shopping and restaurant life? The Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort is a must stay with affordable prices and is connected to Waikiki Beach, so there are literally no worries. Get out of bed, throw some clothes on, and spend your day relaxing on the beach right outside your door. If you have spent too much time at the beach and your sunburn is persuading you to find refuge inside, then head over to a beautiful restaurant that neighbors the towns of Waikiki and Honolulu. With room prices as low as $300 a night you could stay in close contact with some of the best island attractions and sleep tight knowing your wallet isn’t taking a huge step back. For more information on this hotel, please follow the link below.

Hilton Hotel

Oahu Hikes

Diamond Head 

Diamond Head is a huge volcanic crater that was caused by a huge eruption over 300,000 years ago that left the unique looking crater along the Waikiki Coastline. Now the landmark serves as a great hiking region and is home to some of the greatest views of the island. The start of the trail to the summit is only a mere 0.8 mile, but it is steep and difficult to complete. This Diamond Head hike is by far the best hike to plan while on the island. Going to Oahu is a chance to experience some great tropical weather and getting out on a hike is the best way to do it.. 

Stairway to Heaven Hike

This hike is possibly the most popular hike on the Hawaiian Islands, with almost 4,000 stairs that lead you to the peak of the mountain and only a handrail to hold onto. This hike takes you to the top of the ridge above the clouds, and if you catch this hike at the right time in the morning you can witness one of the most amazing sunrises of all time. This one takes about three hours to complete so make sure to bring some snacks and plenty of water to keep you going. Also make sure to bring your camera to capture the iconic view from the top. You’ve most likely seen pictures of this hike online before so do yourself a favor and experience this life changing hike for yourself. For more information, please follow the link below. 

Journey Era

Kauai

Now we move on to one of the most scenic islands that is full of unforgettable sights and natural beauty. Kauai is middle-of-the-road when it comes to nightlife and city life with a mixture of some of the best outdoor events that any island has to offer. This island is by far the best to visit if you are looking for the true Hawaiian experience. 

Kauai Hikes

Outdoor events are essential when on the island of Kauai. Here is a list of hikes and beaches to visit while on the beautiful island. Feel free to follow the links provided to further your planning for your Hawaiian trip.

Waimea Canyon State Park

This park boasts waterfalls, huge cliffs, sharp mountains, and unbeatable trails to hike for the whole day. If you are a huge hiking advocate or even if you are a simple tourist looking for some fun in the sun this destination is a must visit. Hike the many trails the Waimea Canyons have to offer, to waterfalls and more. Pack some sunscreen, some dry clothes to change into in case you decide to swim under a waterfall, and some great company for the hike of your life. For more information, please follow the link below.

Waimea Canyon State Park

Kauai Beaches 

Kauai is home to some great hidden beaches with low tourism and traffic. Here is a list of those beaches that require a bit of a hike but are so worth it due to the crystal blue waters and low traffic. 

Queen’s Bath

A natural pool of ocean water sits on the edge of the ocean in Princeville. This one is simple, but very beautiful and totally accessible for those looking for a unique swimming experience. Follow the link below for directions and more information. 

Queen's Bath

Waikokos Beach

A hidden gem of a beach that no one knows about, this beach is hidden at the end of Hanalei Beach. If you were looking for a private and exclusive beach setting that feels like paradise, then this is the one for you. For more information, please follow the link below.

Waikoko Beach

Kauai Coffee and Ice Cream

One of the best places to get your much needed coffee and ice cream is at Lappert’s Hawaii, which offers top of the line coffee and ice cream. This location is situated in Princeville, Kauai. If you’re wondering where to stay, I highly recommend Princeville in Kauai. It’s close to nice restaurants and some of the most beautiful beaches. Lappert’s is the best place to get your caffeine and sweet desires accommodated. For more information, please follow the link below.

Lappert's Hawaii

Maui 

Maui is titled as one of the best islands of Hawaii and if you have ever traveled and experienced it for yourself it is no surprise that this island is a tourist favorite. From insanely beautiful beaches with jaw dropping sunsets and sunrises to humpback whales that migrate during the winter months, there is a never-ending list of things you must do when visiting the island of Maui. We will be listing the top destinations and events that you must plan while on this island. Feel free to follow the links provided under each option to further your planning. 

Where to Stay

If you were wondering what time of the year is best to visit Maui don’t worry because Maui keeps a steady weather forecast between 75-85 degrees Fahrenheit all year round. It is a tropical island so expect some rainfall from time to time, but nothing too crazy. Where are the best places to stay when in Maui? Here is a list of some of our favorites.

The Ritz Carlton, Kapalua

Looking for an all-out top of the line experience with no expenses spared? The Ritz Carlton is located in Kapalua which is a city that sits on the upper west part of the island. The hotel goes for around $1,200 a night and comes with some of the best accommodations. This hotel is perfect for couples that are looking for the romantic honeymoon of a lifetime. For more information, please follow the link below.

Ritz Carlton

Ka’anapali Beach Hotel

Now if you were looking for something that is nice but won’t break the bank, then this is your hotel. Located in the city of Kaanapali on the western part of the island, there is convenient shopping, beaches, and restaurants all within walking distance of the hotel. Going for around $323 a night, this hotel is perfect for those looking for luxury but also trying to conserve their money for perhaps other excursions on the island. Save some money on the hotel and spend it on a zipline tour or even a fancy dinner. For more information, please follow the link below.

KBH Maui

Must Do Maui Land Adventures

Skyline Hawaii

Zipline tours are a must when on the island of Maui, and Skyline is the best tour company on the island to experience the beauty of the island while soaring over the treetops at top speeds. Safe and fun, Skyline is an experience that will last a lifetime. Grab the family and plan at least one of your days to be spent at Skyline Hawaii for the best zipline experience. They have three different options for tours. The first is the 8-line Adventure that costs around $170 per person, the second is the 5-line that is $130 per person, and the best tour they have is the Sunrise and zipline tour that goes for $280 per person. For more information, please follow the link below.

Skyline Hawaii

Hawaii (The Big Island)

The biggest island of the state is the island of Hawaii, known for its active volcanoes, black sand beaches, and different climates that range from tropical beaches to snowy mountains. If you were looking for the most scenic and adventurous island to visit, the big island is the perfect spot for you and your family. Here is a list of the must-see locations and must do events on the big island of Hawaii. For more information, please follow the links provided under each option.  

Volcanoes National Park

Looking for an adventure of a lifetime? The Volcanoes National Park is home to one of the world’s most active volcanoes, Kilauea. This destination is a sacred spot, not only for visitors from around the world, but also the locals. Witness lava flowing, which is creation and destruction all in one. There are endless hiking trails to explore so bring some snacks, good hiking clothes, and a camera to capture the breath-taking views of lava, cliffs, and beaches. For more information on the national park, please follow the link below.

Volcanos National Park

Black Sand Beach

Black Sand Beaches are exactly that. A beach with sand that is not of the normal tan hue. The black sand is made of basalt and lava that flows into the ocean and cools. It truly is a sight to see. Just be careful because the black sand does get a bit hot to the touch due to the increased sun attraction. Where can you find one of these black sand beaches? Head down to Punalu’s Beach. For more information and directions please visit the link below.

Black Sand Beach

Lanai

The smallest visitable island of the Hawaiian family. The island of Lanai is full of wealthy residents that built their dream house and are enjoying their retirement. There isn’t too much nightlife or tourists due to the fact that the island is so small and doesn’t have too much city life. However, even without all the glitter and glam that the other islands have, Lanai has its very own enticing factors that bring visitors from around the world to witness. Here is a list of the best places to stay and see while in Lanai. Feel free to follow the links provided under each option for more travel information.

Lanai Dream Hotels

Lanai is full of wealth and high-end living, so it makes sense that the resorts and hotels are all top notch. 

Four Seasons Resort Lanai

For around $2,200 a night you can stay and enjoy a stay of luxury and excitement at the Four Seasons Resort Lanai. This hotel does require a pretty penny to reserve a room for your Hawaiian vacation but offers one of the best and quality stays you will ever experience on the islands. This resort is just a short walk away from great scenic destinations and if you are looking for some relaxation there is no need to leave the resort grounds due to the many luxurious amenities. For more information, please follow the link below.

Four Seasons

Lanai Beaches

Hulopoe Bay is positioned right out front of the Four Seasons Resort. If you are staying at the resort, or even if you are staying elsewhere, this beach is a must visit. Voted America’s best beach in 1997 (and for obvious reasons), it remains one of the most beautiful beaches the Hawaiian Islands have to offer. If you were looking for the best beach to snorkel and swim, then this is the one for you. For directions and more information, please follow the link below.

Go Hawaii

Molokai

One of the most beautiful islands of Hawaii is Molokai with its giant-ridged mountains that surround the island and massive white sand beaches that are covered in beautiful reefs. Most of the island is occupied by native Hawaiians. Due to the population being massively occupied by native locals this island is able to hold such pristine beauty that this island is the truest to its roots. Molokai is most likely visited by travelers that are seeking less distractions, less tourism, and adventure that goes off the beaten trail. Here is a list of the must-see locations of Molokai.  

Papohaku Beach

Papohaku Beach is one of the largest white-sand beaches of all of the Hawaiian Islands with three miles of beach that stretches farther than the eyes can see. It is located on the west shore of Molokai and is one of the best places to swim when the conditions are right and catch a sunset. For more information, please follow the link below.

Go Hawaii

Hike Through Halawa Valley

Take a guided tour through Halawa Valley and see waterfalls, cliffs, beaches, and historic views. For more information on how to set up a guided tour please follow the link below.

Halawa Valley

Safe travels! 

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