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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Which island in Hawaii is the best to visit?

When people are thinking about visiting Hawaii they start asking friends, family and coworkers the question "which island should I visit when I go to Hawaii?" I also see this question all the time at Yahoo answers, trip advisor, lonely planet, fodors, and in chat rooms.

My answer as a Maui travel agent and Hawaii destination specialist is always the same. “It depends on the traveler!

For example what are your interests? How much are you allowing for your travel budget? Are you planning your honeymoon or is this a family vacation?

There really isn’t a bad choice when deciding which island to visit in Hawaii. There just may one island that is better suited to your life style and requirements in a Hawaiian vacation.

All of the islands in Hawaii will have our wonderful “Aloha Spirit,” water sports, hiking trails, zip line tours, and snorkeling regardless of which island you pick in the state.

Are you looking for nightlife, shopping, and lots of dining options? Does your vacation social calendar need lots of entries to keep you happy? You would be the type of traveler who would enjoy the high rises in Waikiki, the city lights of Honolulu, located on the island of Oahu.

Will you be spending your honeymoon with us in Hawaii? Then you will probably want to be on a more secluded island. Or limit your stay in Oahu to 2 or 3 days prior to traveling to the second island in Hawaii.

The island of Lanai has 2 luxury properties operated by the Four Season Resort chain. This island is perfect if you idea of a honeymoon or vacation to Hawaii is to be pampered in their world class spa, and wrapped in the finest in amenities. Don’t be expecting a Costco or McDonalds during your stay as they don’t exist on the island of Lanai (or Molokai).

Want to see an active volcano? The big island of Hawaii has been “growing” since 1983. I have actually flown over the lava in a helicopter, and cruised by on a cruise ship, plus walked to the rift. By far this is one of the most spectacular things I have done in my lifetime.

When dreaming of your Hawaiian vacation do you imagine sitting on a lounge chair having someone bring you fruity tropical drinks, and relaxing watching the whales cruise by? Maui is my favorite island to see whales and so much more. That is why I call Maui home!

Kauai is known for its lush green valleys, spectacular rainbows and cascading waterfalls. In order to have rainbows and waterfalls a little rain must fall. Of the all the islands in the Hawaiian island chain, Kauai does tend to be the wettest island. The wettest months are generally December-April.

This is a brief over view of the Hawaiian Islands. If you are would like more information about a Hawaiian vacation or to set up a consulting appointment with one of our Hawaii destination specialist please contact us at

Travel to Maui is a Hawaiian Destination Specialist with the Hawaii Visitor Bureau and a Maui Master with the Maui Visitor Bureau

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