The Best Hawaiian Islands to Visit

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View impressive landscapes on some of the best Hawaiian islands.
View impressive landscapes on some of the best Hawaiian islands. (Image: Hawaii beach water image by csaba fikker from Fotolia.com)

The state of Hawaii is an archipelago composed of the eight major islands Hawaii, Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe and Maui, as well as hundreds of smaller islands that span over 1,500 miles in the central Pacific Ocean. This volcanic chain of islands is the 50th state to the United States, as well as the only state made up entirely of islands. Home to over a million residents, the Hawaiian islands are one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. They are famous for sandy beaches of multiple colors, waterfalls, tropical wildlife and adventurous snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities.

Hawaii

Hawaii’s “Big Island” is home to the some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, as well as the very active Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The island of Hawaii is nearly twice the size of all of the other Hawaiian Islands put together and has many important historic sites, such as the Historic Kailua Village with Hawaii’s first missionary church. Waterfalls, botanical gardens and pristine golf courses are just some of the reasons the island of Hawaii is a top tourist destination. While you are there, make trips to Puu Mahana, one of the few beaches in the world to boast olive-green colored sand, and to the black sand beach of Punaluu.

Kauai

Kauai is the oldest and fourth largest of the main Hawaiian islands. This island is home to some of the most impressive natural landscapes in the world, such as the breathtaking cliffs of the Nepali Coast. Kauai’s tourist attractions include Waimea Canyon, also sometimes referred to as “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” along with dense tropical rainforests, cascading waterfalls and over 50 miles of white sandy beaches. Some parts of Kauai are so remote they can only be accessed by sea or air.

Maui

Maui is the second largest of the Hawaiian islands and is often referred to as “The Magic Isle.” Here you will find the rare red sand beach of Kaihalulu Bay and the breathtaking Iao Valley State Park. Maui offers prime whale watching thanks to the winter migration of humpback whales, which come down from Alaska every fall. The small population of Maui, combined with its rainforest and national parks, make it a perfect destination for intimate getaways.

Oahu

The Island of Oahu is home to Hawaii’s state capital, the cosmopolitan city of Honolulu and offers all of the modern luxuries of urban living with the beauty of a tropical setting. Incredible surfing, fantastic restaurants, bustling nightlife, and historic Pearl Harbor are just a few of Oahu’s many tourist attractions.

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