Are you ready to #LetHawaiiHappen? Hawaii is one of the most unique places on Earth. If the warm water, local cuisine, and stunning views don’t get you, the experiences you’ll have on the islands will.
Whether you’re the adventurous type, or just looking for a place to chill out with a mai tai in hand, the Hawaiian islands offer plenty of opportunities for both types of travelers – and the cool thing is that you can do both during just one vacation.
While we recommend checking out one, two, or three islands the next time you #LetHawaiiHappen, you can still get the full Hawaii experience on any one island. To help you choose, here are the best features on each island. When you’re ready to book, head over to AllTheRooms and scope out Hawaiian accommodations – from airbnbs to five-star resorts. A portion of each booking supports AllTheRooms’ charity partner, the Whaleman Foundation.
1. The Big Island (Hawaii)
Come for the volcanoes, stay for the snorkeling. If you’re looking for lava, the Big Island is your best bet to get close (but not too close) to an active volcano: Mauna Loa. Take a tour, or go your own way at Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.
The Garden Isle is known for its incredible tropical rainforests, which offer opportunities to hike, swim under waterfalls, walk through evergreen valleys, and check out incredible vistas. Avid hikers will have plenty of options to explore – we recommend the Sleeping Giant trail.
The aptly-named pineapple isle was once owned by James Dole (of the Dole company) himself. At the time, Lanai was the largest pineapple plantation in the world. The current Dole Plantation is on the island of Oahu, but there are plenty of opportunities to snack on Lanai’s signature fruit during your stay.
Sea life lovers choose the island of Maui for its incredible whale watching opportunities. Each spring, humpback whales migrate 3,500 miles from Alaska to Maui’s ‘Au’au Channel, where tourists can observe baby whales breaching. Whale watchers can rest assured that their excursions are environmentally conscious – the Whaleman Foundation supports the health of these amazing whales through research and programs that help develop whale watching guidelines that respect and protect whales. You can support the work of the Whaleman Foundation when you book your Hawaiian getaway.
Swing those hips at Molokai’s annual Molokai Ka Hula Piko festival. The birthplace of hula, this island is best for those who want to learn a new skill. After your hula lesson, check out Halawa Falls and the Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove.
Surf’s up on Oahu’s North Shore. This legendary testing ground is home to world-renowned breaks like Banzai Pipeline and Backdoor. Snag a spot on the beach during one of the many international surf competitions hosted on the North Shore each year. While we don’t recommend hitting the waves on the North Shore’s big breaks, beginners can learn to shred at Honolulu’s Waikiki Beach.
Excited yet? We are too. Once you’ve booked your Hawaiian getaway, you can enter to win a whale watching trip with Adrian Grenier and the Whaleman Foundation in Dana Point, California. What are you waiting for?!
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