Hawaii Vacation Spots Hawaii’s Vacation Spots are spread out on six islands. Each one is different than the next both in terms of natural beauty, attractions and tourist offerings.
Oahu is home to Honolulu, the largest and only real urban center in the state of Hawaii and Waikiki, the number one vacation spot in Hawaii. The Big Island is home to some of the most active and accessible volcanoes in the world as well as some exclusive resorts on the Kona and Kohala coast. Kauai is greener and wilder than anywhere in the United States with a small number of hotels located in secluded parts of the island. Some of the best beaches on the Na Pali Coast are accessible only by boat or a day long hike! Maui is chock full of resorts, with some of the best beaches in the state, and of course inland volcanoes for hiking and viewing.
Two smaller islands, Molokai and Lanai are more laid back and quieter. Lanai has basically morphed from being a pineapple plantation to an exclusive resort. Molokai gives a taste of the Hawaii of 50 years ago, before the state became one of the world’s greatest travel destinations.
Hawaii Road Trip Planner On first glance, Hawaii would not seem to a place made for road trips. There are not many roads and definitely no way to get a car from one island to the next. While many visitors remain in the immediate area of their resorts, consider renting a car and exploring the islands. The geography of the islands is such that a drive of a few minutes put you in a very different ecosystem. One minute a tropical jungle and after a few turns of the road – a desert. Not to mention amazing views along the way, as well as access to some out of the way attractions. So, rent a car and drive around the island. It’s a great way to spend a day – circle the island and make some scenic detours.
Hawaii Tourist AttractionsHere are a few words that describe Hawaii’s tourist attractions – beautiful nature, amazing beaches, unique geography, rich culture and well preserved history. And, let us not forget what you may have come here for – golf! If you are really looking for an experience, have the skills and the cash – how about skiing down a volcano? Mauna Kea awaits.
So much for the teaser – now some details. Volcanic activity is highest on the Big Island. With some luck and a moderate hike, you will see some red hot lava oozing out of the ground and falling into the sea. Elsewhere on the Big Island, lava has produced black and green sand beaches. Imagine the deep blue color of the water washing up on jet black sand in white foaming surf. For the best resort beaches head to the Kohala Coast or to Maui. Waikiki is, of course the place to see and be seen and a great place to learn to surf. If you really want to see what people who know how to surf look like – head to the Banzai Pipeline on the Windward side of Oahu.
The volcanoes have not been active on Kauai for many years and the jungle has taken over. The steep volcanic cliffs are covered with rich green vegetation as they plunge to the ocean at just the right spot for your own private beach. Cliffs and lots of water equals loads of waterfalls all over the islands.
Around two hundred years ago, each island was an independent chiefdom, ruled with no contact with western culture. The islands have many temples and sites preserved from that period. Until 1893, the islands were an independent kingdom – visit the Royal Palace in Honolulu for a glimpse at this very unusual period in the history of Hawaii. So, its pretty clear that whatever island you choose, Hawaii’s tourist attractions are not limited to sandy beaches, a hula show and some golf. But, don’t miss the hula show!
Major Tourist Attractions in the Region
Pearlridge Shopping Center - Aiea, Hawaii
Ala Moana Center Mall - Honolulu, Hawaii
Green Sand Beach - Hawaii Big Island (Puu Mahana)
National Tropical Botanical Garden - McBryde - Kauai, Hawaii
Waikoloa Beach Resort - Kings Course
Hilton Hawaiian Village - Mandara Spa - Honolulu, Hawaii
Waikiki, Honolulu - Oahu, Hawaii
Wailea Golf Club - Gold Course - Maui, Hawaii
Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort - Hawaii Big Island
The Four Seasons Resort Hotel & Spa - Maui (Wailea), Hawaii
Kapalua Golf Villas Resort - Plantation Course - Maui, Hawaii
Waikele Premium Outlet Mall - Waipahu, Hawaii
The Princeville Resort & Spa - Kauai (Hanalei Bay), Hawaii
Bishop Museum - Honolulu, Hawaii
Polynesian Cultural Center - Laie, Hawaii
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - Hawaii Big Island
Mauna Loa Volcano Mountain - Hawaii
The Old Lahaina Town - Maui, Hawaii
The Grand Wailea Resort Hotel and Spa - Maui, Hawaii
JW Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa - Kapolei, Hawaii
Sea Life Park - Waimanalo, Hawaii
Na Pali Coast - Kauai, Hawaii
Lanikai Beach - Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii
Kailua Beach Park - Oahu, Hawaii
Polynesian Cultural Center - Laie, Oahu, Hawaii
Poipu Beach Park - Kauai, Hawaii
Chinatown - Honolulu, Hawaii
USS Arizona Memorial - Pearl Harbor (Honolulu), Hawaii
Honolulu Zoo - Oahu, Hawaii
Kalani Oceanside Retreat Center - Pahoa, Hawaii
Wainapanapa State Park - Maui, Hawaii