Tourist’s guide to the Islands of Hawaii

When you decide that Hawaii will be the location of your next vacation, you will have to make a difficult decision of what island you want to visit. There are five islands making up the state of Hawaii and all of them have fabulous opportunities to make every visit the best one ever. It is, therefore, important for you to have a little bit of knowledge of each of these islands so that you can make up your mind.

O’ahu
This is the most heavily populated of the Hawaiian islands and the location of the state capital, Honolulu. O’ahu is the third largest of the five islands with the majority of the population residing within or close to the capital. This leaves the major portion of the island basically untouched and is where you will find resorts tucked into tropical paradise locations. If you want to do some island hopping on your vacation, this island is the starting point for such an adventure. It is also the setting for the famous Waikiki Beach, Pearl Harbour and the surfing opportunities that exist along the North Shore.

Hawaii Waikiki Beach, Oahu

Maui
Maui is the second largest of the Hawaiian islands. Tourists far outnumber the residents, because the population is only a little over 100,000. This island is known for its nightlife and the level of entertainment will have you wanting to take in everything at once. The towns of the island retain their charm because they are simple villages, even though they do have everything available for tourists to make your vacation a dream come true.

Maui Hawaii

Hawai’i
Hawai’i has the nickname of the Big Island because it is the largest one of the chain. Even though it does have quite a large population, it doesn’t seems like it because of its size. If you are looking for an island where you can enjoy as much peace and quiet as you want, this may be the island for you. Here you will find Kilauea, the most active volcano in the world. It is located within the confines of Volcanoes National Park, a must-see if you visit this island.

Hapuna Beach on the Big Island of Hawaii

Kaua’i
Kaua’i is the most northerly of the Hawaiian islands. Along with being small, it is also the least populated. It has the nickname of the Garden Isle and is known as the wettest place on the planet. This island is the favourite destination of honeymooners and those who really want to get away from it all and still have the beaches where they can soak up the rays of the sun.

Kauai Hawaii

Moloka’i
This is the smallest island in Hawaii and the majority of the residents are native to the state. While there are accommodations on Moloka’i, most visitors make a day trip to this island from either Maui or O’ahu. There are lots of beaches to enjoy, cliffs to explore and you can also visit the former leper colony on the Kalaupapa Peninsula.

Lana
Lana is the smallest of the islands being only 140 square miles. Even though only 3000 people live on the island, you may think the population is much higher than this with the tens of thousands of tourists that come here each year. There are two main resorts that cater to the visitors, one of which is in the mountains and the other by the side of the sea.

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