Have you never been to Hawaii? Are you unsure about which islands you should visit? Never fear, we hope our information here will help you decide which is the best island to visit in Hawaii for the first time.
Oahu – The Fan Favorite
Oahu is one of the best islands to visit in Hawaii for the first time because it is the most visited island by tourists. You can either see that as good or bad depending on the type of traveler you are. Oahu is home to the capital of Hawaii, Honolulu, and has a strong mix of urban development and stunning sceneries. One of the most popular things to do on Oahu is to soak up the sun at the North Shore beach.
After you have spent a lovely day at the beach packed with body surfing and snorkeling, enjoy delicious food from the line of food trucks right next to the beach. Since you are a first-time visitor you have to try the local food at least once. Don’t limit yourself to the same old food while on vacation. Since many people are attracted to surfing while they visit Hawaii, famed Waikiki beach has some of the best surfing schools that will teach you how to surf in a few hours. If you are someone who appreciates our country’s history, head over to Pearl Harbor and learn more about the day that changed world history in 1941.
Once nighttime falls on the island there are numerous nightclubs as well as five-star restaurants that cater to the different types of cravings you might have. If you’re looking for more information about Oahu, check out our list of the most luxurious things to do on Oahu.
Maui – The Beach Bum Paradise
Maui the perfect island for those who love to relax on the beach since the island has more miles of swimmable beaches than any other in Hawaii. the island is known as the more laidback island when compared to Oahu, with fewer tourists, but the same measure of beauty. There are various, charming little towns scattered around the island which allow you to experience delicious local eateries as well as a glimpse into what makes the island so great. Maui also has one of the best spots for swimming and cliff jumping at black rock in Ka’anapali. If you are someone who appreciates the true natural beauty of forests and waterfalls, Maui has few of the island’s best waterfalls.
One of the coolest things you can do is take a hike up the summit of Haleakala Crater. You can either try to hike the mountain just in time for daybreak or you can enjoy a lovely sunset. Whatever you choose, you will see some amazing panoramic views while at the summit.
Kauai – The Nature Adventure
The island of Kauai is perfect for escaping the crowds, which is perfect for a vacation due to its laid back feel. Kauai’s scenery can be described as “dramatic” as well as “regal” because of the number of waterfalls and lush green forests that surround the island. A lovely place to visit is the town of Princeville where you can experience surfing, snorkeling, and some of the islands best eateries.
You can explore the beaches on the South Shore, or journey through Waimea Canyon called the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.” Kauai is known for its gardens, so take advantage of their natural beauty and rest in one of them, perhaps Limahuli Garden. Also, Kauai is home to some of the best hidden places to visit. If there is one thing you do on Kauai, its to adventure to the Na Pali coast. The dramatic coastline is perhaps Kauai’s most famous attraction due to its vivid colors and sheer cliffs. You can hike it, kayak along the coastline or you can take a helicopter tour to catch a bird’s eye view.
The Big Island (Hawaii) – The Volcanic Oasis
Aptly named “Hawaii” but called “The Big Island” to avoid confusion with the state, this island is larger than all the other islands combined and holds 11 out of 13 of the world’s climatic zones. That means you can potentially see snow and sand all in one island if you are traveling at the right time. The Big Island is home to three volcanos and the most famous one being Kilauea. In order to appreciate the sheer size and beauty of the volcano, you must see it from above. Tropical Helicopters’ volcano tour allows you to see the lava flow within the crater as well as when the scorching lava meets the ocean. It’s a beautiful sight to see in person.
Additionally, the Big Island has black sand beaches as well as barren landscapes that were caused by massive lava flows. You truly can experience a little bit of everything when you visit this island.
The Choice is Yours
Now that you know a little information about the different islands it’s up to you to decide which one you would like to visit. There are pros and cons to each, so make sure you do your research so you’re not disappointed with your decision.
Tropical Helicopters has a number of different Discount Helicopter Tours across the Hawaiian islands. We currently sell helicopters tours that depart out of these areas: Ko Olina (Oahu), North Shore (Oahu), Hilo (Hawaii Island), Kona (Hawaii Island). Please visit us from time to time as we grow our offerings. Contact us at (866) 961-6810 to book your reservations with Tropical Helicopters today.