If not, it should be. Formed nearly 75 million years ago, the volcanic hotspot is one of the most geographically isolated places on Earth; making it the perfect exotic vacation. With its unique history and breathtaking beauty, the Hawaiian islands attract thousands of visitors each year. If you’ve ever considered journeying to Hawaii but are confused by all that it offers, here’s a brief overview of the seven Hawaiian Islands.
Otherwise known as the “Big Island,” or the main island, this is the largest of the Hawaiian island chain. Unique in its varying landscape, the Big Island provides visitors with everything from snow peak mountains to humid coastal jungles. Whether you venture to Kona coast for sunshine, or Hilo for a quieter getaway; visiting the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is a must-do while you’re there.
Nicknamed the “Valley Isle,” due to the valley region spreading between the islands two volcanoes, Maui is one of the world’s top-ranking exotic vacation spots. From luxurious accommodations to the fragrant wild lavender fields, Maui provides outdoor enthusiasts with ample opportunities. Whether you choose to surf the 120-mile span of beaches, golf, or hike through the lush valley, Maui will be a trip you’ll never forget.
With an abundance of hotels, activities, tours, and attractions, Oahu is known as “the gathering place.” Home to the largest population of people, there is no shortage of culture, nightlife, and history here. From the iconic Pearl Harbor to Honolulu craft beer to Waikiki shopping, this island is sure to captivate and charm all who venture there.
Although you can find a few high-end resorts on Kauai, the “Garden Isle,” it remains relatively undeveloped. Characterized by lush rain forests, stunning mountains, and exquisite beaches, this island will do anything but disappoint with its untouched natural, stunning beauty.
If you’re seeking a quiet, isolated getaway, Molokai is the place for you. As you arrive, you’ll be welcomed with open arms from friendly residents. Surrounded by nature’s beauty, the lack of shopping malls and cityscapes will entice your soul to return the simplicity of what life is supposed to be.
Similarly, Lanai provides tranquility and escape from the busyness of everyday life. However, this small island has a bit more to offer the tourist. From kayaking to horseback adventures, sailing or a ferry ride to Maui, Lanai is known for its five-star resorts and boutique shopping.
Otherwise known as the “Forbidden Island,” Niihau is a critical habitat for several highly endangered species such as the monk seal. Although the few inhabitants receive hundreds of requests for visitation approval, very few are accepted. The only way to truly experience the beauty this island has to offer is through a half-day helicopter tour.
Approximately seven miles southwest of Maui lies the smallest of all the islands, Kahoolawe. Like Niihau, the island and the surrounding waters are, by law, off-limits to the public. The only way onto the island is through volunteer work opportunities.
For more information on planning your next exotic vacation, contact the team at Arpin Travel. Experts in the industry, we can help you decide which location is best for your vacation needs and budget. Call us today at 508.883.1013.