I already have done a super long write up on which Hawaiian islands should you visit but I am going to write this for the people on my list, making it a little more short and sweet.
First, let me say that there is no BEST island. All the islands are pretty awesome and they all have their own unique pros and cons.
When you are trying to choose an island to vacation on in Hawaii, you will want to think more about what YOU are wanting from your vacation.
This will change for each individual and will be different every time they go to Hawaii.
That being said, here’s my opinion.
when I lived in Hawaii, I always loved to visit Oahu. It was my absolute favorite island.
very rarely, did we go to any of the other islands. In fact, we only went to Kauai once and I never felt the need to go back.
Here’s my stats: I lived on the big island for 14 years: I visited Kauai once. I visited Maui three times. I lived on Oahu for 2 months. I visited Oahu … probably 30 or 40 times. I visited Molokai once, and I visited Lanai once.
why do I love Oahu so much? Sure, Oahu has a ton of people. and a ton of traffic too. Both of those things make it not so much fun sometimes.
However, Oahu has incredible beaches – waikiki Beach is absolutely amazing – and there is so much to do on Oahu it’s silly.
anything you can think of, you can do on Oahu. And Oahu is where Pearl Harbor is, if that history is important to you. also, Oahu may be the most inexpensive island to visit.
So definitely consider Oahu for your vacation plans.
now, if you have already been to Oahu or you really don’t want to deal with people and traffic then your next choice might be Maui.
Maui is also an amazing island and many many people will argue it is the best Hawaiian island.
If you are looking for a lot of peace and quiet, then maybe you will want to consider Kauai, Molokai, or Lanai.
If you want to see the active volcano or have heard good things about Kona, then you will want to go to the big island.
It may seem like I have ranked these islands in order from best to worst:
1. Oahu 2. Maui 3. Kauai 4. Big Island
But I really didn’t do that. I am still saying that there is no best island and it’s really just what’s best for you so the first thing you might want to do is sit down with yourself and your family and whoever is going to Hawaii with you and ask
What do we want from this vacation? What is our vision of what Hawaii should look like?
if you can answer those two questions clearly, and leave me a comment down below, I will pick out what I think would be the best island for you. 🙂
Regardless, I always like to say that you can’t go wrong in Hawaii, and if you really can’t decide – then either take a cruise or pick two islands and visit both of them.