Six distinct Hawaiian islands are open to tourists to visit, the main four being Oahu, the Big Island, Kauai and Maui. The other smaller — but equally noteworthy — islands are Lanai and Molokai.
The second largest of the Hawaiian Islands and arguably one of the most romantic, Maui is home to some of the best beaches in the world. The island is considered an international favorite, and its draws include charming historic villages, beautiful beaches not far from bright green valleys and critically acclaimed restaurants and resorts.
From upscale shopping and restaurants to white-sand beaches and sprawling resorts outside the hustle and bustle, Oahu has a lot to offer the everyday traveler with its signature blend of island and American tradition.
The Big Island features eight ecosystems — from a dry volcanic landscape reminiscent of Mars to lush rain forests. Travelers can spend the day lounging at the beach on the Kohala Coast or hiking around Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes.
Kauai is legendary for its natural beauty, ranging from mountains and sea cliffs to sandy beaches and coral reefs. Zip-lining? ATVing? Hiking to waterfalls? Relaxing at the beach? If any of those spark your interest, then Kauai is the place you want to be.