The Hawaiian islands is a very popular destination for tourists thanks to its tropical climate, volcanoes, stunning scenery and beaches.
The Hawaiian archipelago sits in the middle of the Northern Pacific Ocean and consists of hundreds of islands. These islands are spread out over a 1500 mile area and there are 8 main islands -- the Hawaii, Maui, Oahu, Kahoolawe, Nihau, Lanai, Kauai and Molokai islands. Not only does it belong to the Polynesian Island group but it’s also one the US states and has an interesting mix of cultures and influences from Asia and North America -- including its own native culture. The Hawaiian islands are home to more than 1 million people and has thousands of tourists entering and leaving each day. Hawaii offers everything from spectacular beaches, jungles, active volcanoes, world class hotels and resorts and some of the best golf courses and waves in the world.
Where Is Hawaii?
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The Main Islands of Hawaii
Molokai is the ideal Hawaiian island for those who want peace and quiet -- but that doesn’t mean Molokai lacks things to do. Apart from relaxing on stunning beaches tourists can play golf at the Ironwood Hills Golf Course, go do some deep sea fishing, enjoy bicycle tours, hike through breathtaking natural scenery and a whole lot more. A popular attraction on Molokai Island are the 3000 foot tall cliffs that drops down into the ocean -- these cliffs also happen to be the highest in the world. There are various ways to experience these cliffs. It can be done by boat, by hiking, by bicycle or even by horseback.
Out of all the Hawaiian Islands -- Oahu is the most popular among tourists and is home to most of the states population. It’s also where you will find the historical Pearl Harbor and the capital city, Honolulu. It’s the ideal holiday destination for families and Oahu comes with 112 miles of gorgeous coastline where visitors can enjoy every type of water sport imaginable -- from surfing enormous waves at the legendary North Shore to learning how to surf in the smaller waves at Waikiki, scuba diving and snorkeling around various coral reefs and sunken ships, going on whale watching expeditions, fishing, boating and much much more. The activities on this spectacular island isn’t only limited to the coast because inland activities include playing golf on some of the most breathtaking golf courses. mountain biking, hiking, skydiving, helicopter rides and lots more.
Maui Island is known as the Magic Isle and is renowned for its clear ocean water and white sandy beaches. This Hawaiian island is famous for more than it’s beaches and the beach activities that goes along with it -- it’s an extremely popular shopping destination and is home to the biggest dormant volcano in the world, the 10,000+ foot Haleakala volcano. The beaches found around Haleakala is unique as it has black beach sand and needless to say, they are the most popular beaches here on Maui Island.
Kauai is the perfect example of what the Hawaiian islands should look like and includes everything from tree covered mountains, canyons, tropical jungles, waterfalls and incredible coastlines. It’s every outdoor enthusiasts dream destination and tourists can go on long hikes through stunning natural settings while enjoying the unique fauna and flora.
Hawaii Island, or Big Island as it’s more commonly called is popular for its volcanoes. Tourists visit here to witness lava flowing from volcanoes and it’s even more spectacular to see the red lava glowing at night. Big Island has more volcanoes than all of the other Hawaiian islands combined and the most popular ones are Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea. Other popular island activities include horseback riding, swimming with dolphins, hiking through tropical jungles, playing golf on any of the 20+ world class golf courses and lots more.
Lanai is the smallest of the Hawaiian islands and is home to about 3000 people. It’s a charming little destination and tourists from around the world love it for it’s peacefulness and tranquility. It’s also become a highly popular honeymoon destination thanks to its many miles of semi deserted and white sandy beaches. Activities such as sailing, fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving and of course, golfing are also common here.
When To Go
Hawaii is blessed with lots of sunshine and warm weather all year round. Temperature variations are minimal and it rains often but the rain never lasts long. Therefore, anytime of the year is a good time to visit Hawaii.
More About the Hawaiian Islands
Accommodations in Hawaii: If you’re planning on visiting the Hawaiian islands then visit gohawaii.com to find out what accommodations are available.
Things to do in Hawaii: Looking for things to do in Hawaii? Head over to discoverhawaiitours.com to see all the activities available there.