While Honolulu is a crowd favourite, and for good reason, the Aloha spirit can be found on Hawaii’s other islands.
It’s easy to see why peoples’ eyes light up at the very mention of Hawaii. Maybe it’s a dreamy image of Waikiki Beach, the brilliant Diamond Head views or cascading waterfalls that imbue a sense of beauty and wonder.
Oahu especially is known for its North Shore surfing and such notable attractions as Pearl Harbour and Iolani Palace. It’s no surprise then, that Oahu is most often thought of when it comes to a Hawaiian holiday.
In reality, there are many beautiful islands to explore in the Aloha State, most of which are just a short 30-minute flight from Honolulu. And while the flight may be short, the lava flowing volcanoes, natural canyons and secluded beaches will make it feel as though you’re a world away from the hustle and bustle of Honolulu.
Scenery like this has to be seen, to be truly appreciated. Here is our guide to Hawaii’s Islands.
Just a short 40-minute flight from Honolulu, Kauai is known for its picturesque mountain terrain, making much of the island inaccessible by car.
Covered with towering mountains, waterfalls and natural canyons, it’s easy to see how it earned ‘The Garden State’ nickname.
With roads mostly limited to the coastline, the best way to explore the island’s beauty is by helicopter – or on foot.
Maui is the second most visited of the Hawaiian Islands, and for good reason. Drive the island’s fringe where you’ll find quaint little towns, popular artist communities, farm-to-table cuisine and of course some of the most famous sunsets found anywhere in the world. Dubbed ‘The Valley Isle’, Maui is a popular locale for honeymooners.
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‘The Big Island’ of Hawaii is the largest, yet youngest in the chain of islands. The great contrasts found here can be seen on island day trips that take you past free flowing lava fields and live volcanoes, lush green rainforests and the jet-black sands of Punaluu Beach. The powerful expressions of nature demand an extra few days of exploration.
From the biggest to the smallest, Lanai is just 9 miles away from Maui. Perfect for day trips or for longer stays, Lanai is the perfect spot when you want to get away from it all.
Relax at one of the secluded resorts, take in the views on the 30 miles of paved roads or rent a 4WD for some off-road action.
See the rock and boulder formation at Keahiakawelo, a place known for its lunar like landscape. Golfing is a favourite pastime as is shipwreck diving.
Filled with the Aloha Spirit, Molokai has the highest concentration of native Hawaiians, where the rural lifestyle is preserved. Don’t expect tall buildings, traffic lights or sprawling resorts here; this is an untouched island filled with outdoor adventure.
Hike along the world’s highest sea cliffs, discover the colourful underwater reefs or simply leave the world behind and get back to nature on a hike or beach walk.
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