Hawaii for first-timers: how to choose an island

Hawaii is the 50th state of United States of America. It is entirely made up of a series of islands spread over a 2400 kilometer stretch on the Polynesia Archipelago in Central Pacific Ocean. Among the most popular island with vacationers include; Niʻihau, Kauaʻi, Oʻahu, Molokaʻi, Lānaʻi, Kahoʻolawe, Maui and the island of Hawaiʻi. The Island of Hawai'i is the largest and most populous.

Hawaii is a great place to vacation. Its entire Islands are ideal for the average holiday maker but each boasts a specialty. Below are some tips that can help you choose which Island to visit.

1. Sun/Beaches/Food

If you are looking to have the best meals after which you can laze around on the beaches doing nothing, then Oahu, Maui, Lanai and Kaui have the best beaches.

Hiking and Museums

For those who want to hike into the mountains, then the big Island's Kilauea will give you the ultimate challenge. Oahu Honolulu’s art galleries, museums and monuments are best suited for those that want to do some serious study into the past of the islands.


If you are looking for alone time with your lover on the beach or you're trying to get some work done but the crowds and noise won't let you, then your best bet would be Lanai. There are fewer people here and the beaches are almost always secluded.

Culture and Adventure

Molokai is Hawaii's center of culture and adventure. The Molokai people still practice their cultural rituals. They still believe in many gods and are highly superstitious.


The bid Island(Hawaii) is where you can view the most wildlife in Hawaii. Sea turtles and humpback whales are the most popular wildlife that you can see here.

Of course additional factors such as budget, weather, access to transport, etc. should feature before you choose an island. The big Island is usually more expensive than the rest. However, Kauai and Oahu are more exclusive. Before going to the Islands, decide what you want and then make the arrangements.

by Kennedy Runo on 12/20/2013 in Hotels