The island boasts everything from black sand beaches and lava deserts to snow-capped peaks and rainforests
Possibly one of the most dramatic places to go island hopping.
THE ONE FOR NATURE LOVERS
It’s nicknamed ‘The Garden Isle’ thanks to the fact that most of its surface is covered in tropical rainforest. Hikers love the Waimea Canyon and Hollywood loves the dramatic Na Pali coastline, which has starred as the backdrop in many a blockbuster film. Join a half-day rafting trip to get a closer look at the dizzying 3,000-foot high cliffs, see mesmerizing waterfalls and paddle alongside dolphins.
THE ONE FOR BEACH BABES
The second largest island in the archipelago features the Haleakala National Park, which is home to those breathtaking waterfalls. The 30-mile long beaches are also a huge attraction. If you book into the Andaz Maui you have access to the private crescent-shaped Mokapu Beach. Catch some rays here or take a trip to the islet of Molokini to go surfing or enjoy an SUP lesson.
THE ONE FOR CULTURE LOVERS
The largest island boasts everything from black sand beaches and lava deserts to snow-capped peaks and rainforests. Home to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the ancient temples of Pu’uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park. The temples provided a safe house for villagers who had broken the law. If they could make it to this sacred place they would be forgiven.
THE ONE FOR HISTORY BUFFS
It’s where you’ll find the state capital, Honolulu, Waikiki beach and of course, Pearl Harbor. While Pearl Harbor may be a working military port, you can still gain access to view the USS Arizona Memorial, Battleship Missouri Memorial, USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park, and the Pacific Aviation Museum.
THE ONE FOR LUXURY LOVERS
Lanai was known for its pineapple plantations. It’s the least touristy island you can visit. It’s been owned by Oracle founder Larry Ellison since 2012, so he seems keen to keep it that way. It’s only nine miles from Maui, but this quiet piece of paradise feels like another world.