The islands of Hawaii offer beautiful beaches, rich culture and abundant opportunities for adventurous activities and peaceful relaxation. Use our guide to choose which Hawaiian island is best for you!

The Big Island: The largest of the Hawaiian islands, the Big Island is home to 11 different climate zones, spanning from the snowy peak of Mauna Loa to the sandy beaches along the coast. The varying climates and geographical aspects offer countless opportunities to experience quintessential Hawaii without traveling from island to island. The spectacular lava floes and ever changing landscape found in Volcanoes National Park is an awe inspiring sight. The Big Island also features beaches with unique sand colors including black and rare green, which isn’t found anywhere else on earth. The plentiful snorkeling and swimming spots are warm year round and populated by colorful fish, manta rays, and endangered sea turtles.The coffee plantations of Kona are a popular attraction and a treat for coffee aficionados and casual drinkers alike. As you can see, the Big Island has something for every traveler and easily accommodates those who wish to laze on the beach, get their adrenaline pumping, or explore the unique environments on hand. This spacious home offers a prime location to enjoy all that the Big Island has to offer.

Don’t Miss: Sunset from the top of Mauna Loa followed by stargazing. The absence of cloud cover makes it one of the best places in the world to observe the heavens.

Maui: One of the most popular islands in Hawaii, Maui is known for its spectacular beaches. Aquatics enthusiasts will surely appreciate the expansive beaches and the numerous activities available to them. A beautiful villa within walking distance to the beach makes it even easier to enjoy the ocean and all that awaits. The warm winter waters draw hordes of humpback whales every year on their migration journey and is spectacular sight you may only experience once in a lifetime. The rugged landscape of Maui has prevented the over-development of large portions of the island and in turn this has preserved much of the natural beauty and striking valleys.

Don’t Miss: No trip to Maui would be complete without the legendary drive to Hana. Heralded as one of the last untouched villages, Hana has preserved its charm and authentic spirit. Rent a convertible and prepare yourself for truly majestic views.

Kauai: Home to the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific” Kauai and its astonishing beauty provide a slower-paced destination than the more populated islands. Waimea Canyon isn’t what you normally think of when daydreaming of tropical islands, but Hawaii as a whole is surprising with the sheer number of distinctively different natural wonders. Dotted with quaint and friendly small towns, Kauai is a quiet island that boasts plenty of adventure and sights to see, but without the hustle and bustle of the busier islands. For a truly relaxing and memorable stay, nothing compares to this sensational estate home that mirrors the gorgeous setting of this island.

Don’t Miss: It’s a tie between paddle boarding down Hawaii’s only navigable river, the Wailua, and taking a boat out to see the staggering cliffs along the Napali Coast.


No matter where you choose to spend your Hawaiian vacation, you’re sure to discover that famous ‘Aloha’ spirit that keeps guests returning over and over again. What island sounds best to you? Contact Time & Place to start planning your next Hawaiian island vacation.

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