Big Island (Hawaii)
From the snow capped peaks of Mauna Kea to the active flows of red-hot lava that continuously pour from Kilauea (the largest active volcano in the world), the island of Hawaii (The Big Island) is a land of extremes.
Home to some of the world’s most opulent resorts, it’s also home to some of the state’s most charming coastal communities and a stunning variety of natural landscapes — from cactus-studded grasslands to Kona coffee fields to coastal highways edged in coral.
A trip to The Big Island is perfect for those in search of fiery adventures in some of Hawaii’s most spectacular wide-open spaces.
The oldest of the main islands, Kauai remains a quiet and extraordinarily beautiful destination for those wishing to fully explore the wonders of the “real” Hawaii. Its emerald green valleys, white sand beaches and majestic waterfalls have made it a favorite with Hollywood filmmakers (Jurassic Park, From Here to Eternity, Blue Hawaii).
Outdoor enthusiasts come to hike the world-famous cliffs along the rugged Na Pali Coast. Nature-lovers revel in its lush landscapes, while families frolic on its uncrowded shores.
Whatever draws you to Kauai, one thing is certain, its spirit will stay with you long after you leave.
Once known as the Pineapple Island, Lanai is a tiny jewel of an island that caters to anyone in search of pristine wilderness and unrivaled luxuries.
Home to two (yes, just two) resorts, Lanai offers a remarkably diverse range of outdoor activities, including championship golfing on par with the best courses in the world. While the resorts promise extravagant accommodations and gourmet dining, visitors may also enjoy exploring a charming plantation town, riding horseback through magnificent pine forests, or simply losing themselves on utterly vacant beaches.
Perhaps the most famous of all the Hawaiian Islands, Maui is as much a state of mind as it is a destination. Ranked Condé Nast Traveler magazine’s “Best Island in the World” for eight years running, Maui combines magnificent scenery with the sophistication of world-class resorts, superb restaurants and limitless shopping opportunities.
Among the must-do’s: a breathtaking drive on the serpentine Hana Highway and watching the sun rise above the clouds at the 10,023-foot summit of Haleakala, the world’s largest dormant volcano. Maui is the ideal location for those in search of romance and family-friendly adventures.
The brightest lights on the serene island of Molokai might just be the nightly display of stars. Largely undeveloped and home to only one true resort, Molokai maintains much of the character it has had for centuries.
Here, Hawaiian Paniolos (cowboys), still herd cattle as they always have. Doors are left unlocked. Families gather on weekends for potluck picnics on the beach.
Among its most unforgettable visitor experiences: a hike or mule ride down the 26 switchbacks of the world’s highest sea cliffs to Kalaupapa National Park. Molokai was made for those looking for outdoor adventure far away from the outside world.
Oahu is Hawaii’s most popular tourism destination. It is home to Honolulu, the state’s capital, and has the greatest population of all the islands. Here you’ll find some of the most recognizable landmarks in the world: energetic Waikiki Beach, the rugged facade of Diamond Head, and history-filled Pearl Harbor.
Oahu is perfect for anyone looking for a wide range of attractions and activities. There is amazing snorkeling, famous surf spots, wonderful museums, must-have shopping, terrific nightlife and five-star restaurants. Although Oahu is packed with action and adventure, there are many great escapes to be found off the beaten path.