Best Island to Visit In Hawaii

8/12/2021

Best Island to Visit in Hawaii

With nearly every type of topography—from rocky ocean cliffs to lava deserts and bamboo forests to over 1200 miles of coral reef, Hawaii is one of Mother Nature’s most lauded masterpieces. Plus, it’s got rockstar food and culture, too, making it a top destination for travelers of all types.

This breadth of travel-worthy offerings can make it difficult to decide where to go for your first trip. Here's our list of some of our favorites on the four most popular islands to help you decide where you want to land for your first trip (or second or third), depending on your style.

The Greenest Island | Adventure Meets R&R

Best Island to Visit in Hawaii

The film location for much of the Jurassic Park movie and 97 percent covered by forests or mountains, Kauai is the place to go if you want a balance of luxurious relaxation and spectacular, natured-fueled adventure. Take a boat tour of the Na Pali Coast, home to the largest sea cliffs in the world spanning up to 4,000 feet tall with deep forested valleys. Go off-roading on an ATV waterfall tour. Kayak the Wailua River. Hike the Sacred Falls. Or go canyoning in the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific." Lush outdoor adventure awaits. Kauai is among the best islands to visit in Hawaii for nature lovers and amateur explorers.

The Largest Island | Wild Beauty and Black Sand Beaches

Best Island to Visit in Hawaii

The best island to visit in Hawaii for natural beauty and world-famous Kona coffee, the Big Island is for those who love getting a little, well, wild. You’ll find everything from four active volcanoes to lush green rainforests to green-sand beaches and balmy coastal jungles. Don't miss the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the adorable little mom-and-pop shops in the sleepy bayside town of Hilo.

The Gathering Place | Iconic Hawaii Meets City Life

Best Island to Visit in Hawaii

From the state capitol of Honolulu and the history of Pearl Harbor to its art scene and nightlife, Oahu has so much for visitors to see that makes it one of the best islands to visit in Hawaii. Oahu's reputation has made it Hawaii's most-visited island. Try iconic restaurants like Kani Ka Pila Grille to eat and play like a local with nightly Hawaiian music under the stars, and explore the thriving craft beer and cocktail scene (think lychee martinis). And our own artist-inspired Waikiki Beachcomber is Hawaii's only craft hotel, the perfect home base for cultural adventuring.

The Valley Isle | Chill Vibes and Family Friendly Fun

Best Island to Visit in Hawaii

Maui is best island to visit in Hawaii for families or romantics who are looking for a quieter vacay pace. You'll find a little bit of nature like views of the migrating humpback whales starting in October through the winter months and delicious farm-to-table cuisine. There are lots of family-friendly (and uncrowded) beaches with tidal pools for wading and calm beaches for snorkeling—and don't forget to check out the sunrise at Haleakala. Aloha!

What Is The Best Island To Visit In Hawaii?

The best island to visit in Hawaii is a matter of personal opinion, but all of Hawaii’s islands are beautiful and scenic year-round. We often hear, “Maui no ka oi”, which means “Maui is the best”. While Maui is one of the best islands to visit in Hawaii, there’s plenty to do on all of the other islands.

Once you decide what island is best to visit in Hawaii, check out all our Outrigger ways to stay chic on (almost) every island. Happy first-trip travels!

 

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Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort | Hawaii
  • Beachfront location
  • Home of Duke’s Waikiki
  • Hawaii’s best live music venue, Blue Note Hawaii
  • Voyager 47 Club Lounge
Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort | Hawaii
  • Home of Hawaiian Music, Kani Ka Pila Grille
  • Renovated modern guest rooms
  • Immersive cultural activities
  • Voyager 47 Club Lounge
  • Some public spaces may not be available
  • Take advantage of special Preview Rates
Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger | Hawaii
  • Hawaii’s first and only craft hotel
  • Home of The Beachcomber Originals
  • Hawaiian Aroma Caffe, Waikiki’s most Instagrammed coffee shop
  • Island’s longest bar at Maui Brewing Co
Waikiki Malia by Outrigger |Hawaii
  • Intimate retreat for adventure seekers
  • Easy access to Waikiki Beach
  • Choice for value-minded families and groups
  • Spacious guest rooms and studios
  • Offering connecting rooms and kitchenettes
OHANA Waikiki East by Outrigger | Hawaii
  • Spacious guest rooms with kitchenettes
  • Ideal for large groups or families
  • Steps to Waikiki Beach and International Market Place
  • Onsite restaurants – Appetito Craft Pizza & Wine Bar and Tanaka of Tokyo
Airport Honolulu Hotel | Hawaii
  • Only half a mile from Daniel K. Inouye International Airport
  • Pet friendly
  • Convenient for business travelJust minutes from Pearl Harbor
Waikiki Shore by Outrigger | Hawaii
  • Only resort condo directly on Waikiki Beach
  • Sweeping panoramic ocean views
  • Family friendly
  • Perfect for extended stays
  • Ability to select a specific condo unit
Regency on Beachwalk Waikiki by Outrigger | Hawaii
  • Intimate, boutique style condo resort
  • Situated in the Waikiki Beach Walk shopping and dining district
  • Ability to select a specific condo unit
Honua Kai Resort & Spa | Maui
  • 38 tropical beachfront acres
  • 3-acre aquatic playground
  • AAA Four Diamond Award accredited
  • Luxury, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom suites on Kaanapali Beach
The Kapalua Villas Maui | Hawaii
  • Located on 22,000-acre Kapalua Resort
  • Choose from 3 beaches and 11 restaurants
  • Ocean and golf room views
  • Offering two magnificent golf courses
  • Ability to select a specific condo unit
Palms at Wailea Maui by Outrigger | Hawaii
  • Located within the world-famous Wailea Resort community
  • A short drive from the Shops at Wailea and beaches
  • Near Wailea’s most renowned restaurants
Aina Nalu Lahaina by Outrigger | Maui
  • Boutique-style condos in heart of Lahaina
  • Two blocks away from Front Street
  • Walking distance to shops and restaurants
Kaanapali Maui at the Eldorado by Outrigger | Hawaii
  • Fronts the fairways of Kaanapali Beach Resort
  • Short walk from Whalers Village
  • Featuring three swimming pools
  • Ability to select a specific condo unit
Royal Kahana Maui by Outrigger | Hawaii
  • Ocean view of Molokai and Lanai
  • Boasts oceanfront pool
  • Private lanai
  • Ability to select a specific condo unit
Napili Shores Maui by Outrigger | Hawaii
  • Offering stunning views of Lanai and Molokai
  • Newly renovated condos
  • Oceanfront on property dining at the Gazebo Restaurant
Waipouli Beach Resort & Spa Kauai by Outrigger | Hawaii
  • Heated river pool running through two-acre property
  • Features flumed water slides
  • Ability to select a specific condo unit
Lae Nani Resort Kauai | Hawaii
  • Oceanfront condos
  • Includes an ocean pool within a natural stone breakwater
  • Adjacent to the Coconut MarketPlace
Kiahuna Plantation Resort Kauai by Outrigger | Hawaii
  • Cottage-style beachfront condos
  • Complimentary access to Poipu Athletic Club
  • Ability to select a specific condo unit
Welcome to Outrigger Kona Resort and Spa
Watch the majestic manta rays that swim through Keauhou Bay. Or spend your day relaxing at the spa. It all starts here, on Hawaii Island.
Kanaloa at Kona by Outrigger | Hawaii Island
  • Set on 18 oceanfront acres
  • Boasts 3 swimming pools and 2 tennis courts
  • Ability to select a specific condo unit
Fairway Villa Waikoloa by Outrigger | Hawaii Island
  • Guests treated to infinity pool and lava rock whirlpool
  • Surrounded by Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed golf course
  • Selection of on property dining options
Kohala Coast Vacation Rentals by Outrigger | Hawaii Island
  • Five distinct properties to choose from
  • Ability to select a specific condo unit
  • Close to upscale King’s Shops and Queen’s Market Place
  • Golf at Beach Course
Royal Sea Cliff Kona by Outrigger | Hawaii Island
  • Set on a lava rock bluff
  • Panoramic views of the Kona coast
  • 5-minute drive to restaurants and shops
  • Ability to select a specific condo unit
Castaway Island, Fiji Resort | Outrigger Hotels & Resorts
  • Beachfront bures
  • Complimentary beach services
  • Kava ceremony welcomes guests
  • Wood-carving guest activity
  • Enjoy Meke traditional song and dance
Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort | Outrigger Hotels & Resorts
  • Beachfront bures
  • Offering Meimei nanny service
  • Talai butler service available
  • Named #1 Family Resort
  • Amazing firewalking ceremony
  • Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort | Outrigger Hotels & Resorts
    • Luxury beachfront suites
    • Mauritian Rum tasting experience
    • Dance to Sega music
    • Relax on private beach
    • Complimentary kid’s club
    Evening at Outrigger Koh Samui Beach Resort
    • Located beachfront on Lamai Beach
    • 2 swimming pools
    • Fitness center
    • Restaurants and in-room dining
    • 3 meeting rooms
    Garden Villa | Outrigger Khao Lak Beach Resort
    • Located beachfront on Bangsak Beach
    • Swimming pool
    • Fitness center
    • Restaurants and in-room dining
    • 3 meeting rooms
    Surin Terrace | Outrigger Surin Beach Resort
    • Located on Surin Beach
    • Boutique resort
    • 2 swimming pools
    • Restaurant and in-room dining
    Waikiki Beach | Hawaii
    • Famous for Waikiki Beach
    • Hike Diamond Head Crater
    • Take a historical journey at Pearl Harbor
    • Birthplace of legendary surfer Duke Kahanamoku
    • Home to Lolani Palace, US’s only royal place
    Experience a gorgeous Maui sunset
    • Voted “Best Island in the US”
    • Home to Haleakala volcano
    • Famed for whale watching during the winter months
    • Famous scenic stretch road to Hana
    • Mile long of sandy shore at Kaanapali Beach
    Beaches of Kauai | Hawaii
    • Nicknamed the Garden Island
    • Known for lush valleys, waterfalls and hiking trails
    • Has more beaches than any other Hawaiian Island
    • Most hiking trails than an other Hawaiian Island
    • Largest coffee plantation in the US
    Hawaii Island (Big Island)
    • Often referred to as the “Big Island”
    • Kilauea volcano is the most active and largest in the world
    • Known for black sand beaches
    • Grows most of the world’s macadamia nuts
    • Home to some of the world’s largest telescopes
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