Top hawaii destinations on each island

People know Hawaii for its glistening beaches, hidden waterfalls, idyllic year-round weather, legendary luaus and glistening palm trees dancing in the island breeze. And while you can find these iconic items on each of the main vacation islands, each individual island offers an ambiance and vacation experience that is unique. To help you find the Hawaii destination that’s perfectly matched to your travel style, here’s a brief tour of the islands and their unique qualities….



This is where the action is! The most popular and populated of Hawaii’s islands, Oahu is No. 1 for visitor arrivals and for good reason. Bustling Waikiki is world renowned for its famous beach, and strolling along its iconic golden sands is a must-do. Immerse yourself in the customs, culture and history of the islands at the Polynesian Cultural Center. Pay homage at the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor. Adventurers should hike to the top of Diamond Head to take in the breathtaking view, then snorkel the crystal-clear waters of Hanauma Bay. Waikiki’s active nightlife invites you to indulge your palate at a variety of celebrity chef owned restaurants. There, you’ll taste culinary fusion dishes that are both exotic and familiar at the same time.



Maui has earned a well-deserved reputation for romance and its pampering spa resorts keep it a popular honeymoon destination—but it is truly so much more. You’ll find breathtaking natural beauty at every turn that inspires all ages. Explore the lush waterfalls of the Lao Valley, then the tranquil beaches of Ka‘anapali and Wailea. And don’t leave off the unforgettable Road to Hāna. Be sure to watch the sunrise from the slopes of Haleakala—an experience you’ll never forget.



Known as the Island of Adventure, this is the place for active travelers and nature lovers. Larger than all of the other islands combined, it offers 11 of the world’s 13 climate zones. These range from the snow-capped mountains of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea to the black-sands of Punalu‘u Beach. A visit to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is not to be missed!



Looking to venture a little off the beaten path to a quieter island? This is the one to choose. Experience the expansive grandeur of Waimea Canyon, aptly named the Grand Canyon of Hawaii. Kayak up the Wailua River and surf the waters of Hanalei Bay. Swim with sea turtles in Poipu and indulge in a pampering spa treatment at a luxury spa resort. To cap things off, a cruise along the Napali Coast is a true must!



Secluded Lana‘i features luxurious resort hideaways and enticing championship golf. Moloka‘i embodies the essence of Hawaii with few cars, no traffic lights and endless opportunity to explore its natural beauty.


Whichever island is right for you, be sure to make the most of your experience with exciting activities and excursions that are as memorable as Hawaii itself. Pleasant Holidays, the Hawaii destination vacation experts since 1959, makes it easy and affordable to book the Hawaii vacation of your dreams with exclusive offers. And now is the ideal time to make your reservations, as we are celebrating Aloha Days. Whether you’re looking for a romantic escape for two, or a family-friendly condo, Pleasant Holidays offers just what you need for a memorable vacation. Contact your AAA Travel office today to start planning your Hawaiian vacation!


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