Hawaii is an archipelago consisting of eight main islands, each different and unique with a distinct atmosphere and personality. It’s easy to fly between the islands, making travelling around Hawaii’s islands convenient and carefree.
Discover the best that the idyllic state of Hawaii has to offer with a Hawaii island hopping holiday to three of the country’s most exciting islands – Oahu, Kauai and Maui. With so much to see and do across the archipelago, it makes sense to embark on an island hopping trip to explore the best features of some of the most spectacular islands.
Start your Hawaii adventure on the country’s most visited island of Oahu. The island is renowned as the home of the state’s capital city of Honolulu, which is home to the world famous Waikiki Beach, known for its surfing opportunities.
From the shores of Oahu, you’ll travel to Kauai, known as the Garden Isle. The island is famed for its sublime natural beauty and many of the activities available reflect that. Zipline through lush jungles, or kayak among glossy rivers to appreciate mother nature up close.
Your last stop will be to Maui, which is also known for its beautiful natural landscapes. Discover tropical rainforests, verdant flora and the awe inspiring Haleakala Crater. This giant shield volcano makes up more than 75% of the island.
- Observe humpback whales migrating through the waters of Maui
- Learn of Oahu’s notorious World War II past with a visit to Pearl Harbor
- Get active with river kayaking, canyon hiking and jungle zip lining on Kauai
- Relax on pristine beaches and admire the lush vegetation on all three islands
Start your Journey
Oahu is the most famous of the Hawaiian Islands and there’s a good reason why.
The island’s Waikiki Beach is world famous as an ideal spot to learn how to surf. Featuring creamy white sands and calm waters, it provides ideal conditions for fresh surfers. After dark, the area buzzes with excitement and the waterside cocktail bars, fine dining restaurants and luxurious hotels all come alive to celebrate the evening.
Another reason for Oahu’s significance is its notorious World War II history. Home to Pearl Harbor, which was attacked in 1941, visitors can learn more about the monumental historic event that occurred all those years ago.
Whether relaxing on the beach, attempting to ride some waves or catching up on history, finish a day on Oahu Island by attending a luau at sunset. This is a traditional Hawaiian party or feast, and attendees can enjoy authentic hula dancing while indulging in scrumptious Hawaiian fare.
Affectionately nicknamed the Garden Isle or the Island of Discovery, Kauai is coated with tropical forests and jungle.
For the adventurers out there, Kauai is the island for you, with plenty of choices for fun and action packed activity.
Kayak among the tranquil waters of the Wailua River, past towering palm trees and lush vegetation before reaching Wailua Falls. This is a beautiful cascading waterfall that wouldn’t look out of place on a postcard.
Known as the ‘Grand Canyon of the Pacific’, trekkers will delight with a hike along the edge of the sprawling Waimea Canyon. You’ll have the chance to admire deep valleys, rust red canyons and yet another frothy waterfall.
Fancy an adrenaline rush? Embark on a ziplining adventure soaring above Kauai’s green valleys and rushing waterfalls. The views are so beautiful, you may be completely distracted from the fact that you’re zooming sky high above the trees.
Finish your Hawaii getaway with a trip to Maui. The best way to navigate this island is behind the wheel of a car, so hire a vehicle for the last leg of your trip to discover the best that Maui has to offer.
Steer over to the west coast to see if you can observe the enchanting migration of humpback whales cruising to Alaska. While you’re there, a swim in the refreshing Pools of Oheo is a must. These scenic pools are formed from the fresh water of flowing waterfalls and are surrounded by the dense bamboo forest of Ohe’o Gulch. As you cool down in the invigorating waters, you may feel like you’re featuring in a scene from Jurassic Park – only without the terrifying dinosaurs.
The huge Haleakala Crater is a shield volcano taking up a whopping 75% of the island, so visiting its eerie surroundings is a must, especially for nature lovers. The most popular way to experience the volcano is by watching a sunrise or sunset with the volcano as a feature. The views are enchanting.
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