Which Hawaiian Island to Visit?

You want to know which is the best Hawaiian Island is to visit?  Maybe you’re planning a vacation and you want to make sure that you’re absolutely on the right Island for a great backpacking trip. Lucky we’re here!

All of the Hawaiian Islands are beautiful in their own right.  There are so many things to do and places to see when you’re vacationing on the islands.  As far as backpacking goes there are hundreds of miles of state and non-state trails in Hawaii that are perfect for the kind of vacation you’re looking for.

Let’s take a closer look, though, at what some the finer features of each Island has as far as backpacking goes!


Home to Honolulu, Waikiki, and Pearl Harbor.  Oahu is a beautiful and completely busy island to visit.  It’s not called “the gathering place” for nothing! There’s plenty of great surfing spots and sunny beaches on Oahu. That being said, there are plenty of great trails to take in some great hikes and backpacking treks, either alone or with a group.  The only problem you may have on Oahu is that some of the best trails are overrun with tourists, even the more difficult ones.


“The Big Island” is a great combination of city (in some areas) and remote hiking trails coupled with tranquil beauty and tropical forest.  The geography and landscape range from sunny beaches, steep cliffs, deep valleys, active volcanoes, and even snow-capped mountains at some times during the year.  If you’re looking for one of the only places on earth where you can snorkel in the morning and backpack through snow in the same day, the Big Island of Hawaii is the place for you.


Sometimes mistaken as a “tiny island” to those who don’t know any better, Maui is actually the second largest of the Hawaiian Islands.  It’s where the rich and famous go to relax and vacation.  However, Maui is also as wide-ranging in landscape and geography as the Big Island.  This is the island to visit if you want to stay in a luxury resort prior to starting a day-long hiking excursion into the beautiful tropical mountains and forests.


Known as the “garden isle”, Kauai is best known as being the most popular of the Hawaiian Islands to visit that doesn’t bring along all the hustle and bustle of the other Islands.  A Kauai vacation is about the green, peaceful look of what Hawaii was once like.  The landscape is greatly untouched by development and the tourism industry.  Kauai has less amenities than the other islands but it may be just the right choice for a quiet, outdoors kind of vacation that is full of camping, hiking and fishing.

Lastly, the other Hawaiian Islands of Niihau, Molokai, Lanai, and Kahoolawe are all great for vacations themselves.  There are less flights and less accommodations on these islands but you’re sure to find some great aspects on each of the Hawaiian Islands to make any trip you take to them a worthwhile one!

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