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  • Writer's pictureShannon McAfee

What is the best island to visit in Hawaii?

Updated: Mar 4, 2021

Find out how to choose the best island in Hawaii to visit for your honeymoon or romantic getaway. Also, how easy is inter-island travel in Hawaii? Learn more below.

Oahu | Maui | Kauai | Big Island | Lanai | Inter-Island Travel

Hawaii Honeymoon

A Hawaii honeymoon is a dream for many couples. However, if you are planning a honeymoon in Hawaii and have never been there, how do you know which is the best Hawaii island to visit? The best island to visit in Hawaii really depends on your specific interests and the type of experience you want. Here are a few quick comparisons to help you determine the best place to honeymoon in Hawaii or celebrate your special anniversary or milestone. If you have the time and budget, I highly recommend inter-island travel in Hawaii to make the most of your time. Inter-island flights in Hawaii are frequent and fairly inexpensive.

You may be interested in Oahu if...

  • You are a history buff and visiting Pearl Harbor is high on your "must-do" list

  • You like the idea of an urban and beach experience combo, with easy access to restaurants, shopping, and nightlife

  • You want to experience the North Shore and catch a wave or two yourself or watch expert surfers in their element

  • You dream of hiking to the top of Diamond Head


You may be interested in Maui if...

  • You want to watch the sunrise or sunset above the clouds, more than 10,000 feet above sea level

  • You are a beach lover and want to experience some of the best beaches Hawaii has to offer

  • You like the idea of spending a day exploring one of Hawaii's last, unspoiled frontiers. A note of caution, you will be venturing on narrow, windy roads, one-lane bridges, and hairpin turns, but you will see some of the most amazing cliffside views anywhere. Plus there are many stops along the way, including visiting the 7 sacred pools, to make this one of the most memorable days you'll have!

  • You want to see humpback whales

  • You want to play on some of the top-rated golf courses in the world

  • You want some of the most luxurious accommodations Hawaii has to offer


You may be interested in Kauai if...

  • You love the outdoors, adventure and consider yourself a nature-lover

  • You want a more casual vibe and to explore the island on your own time, experience different beach areas, and visit local art galleries in off-the-beaten-path towns

  • You enjoy hiking and want to discover different lookout points as you explore the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific"

  • You want to see the Napali Coast from both the air and the sea and want to see Manawaiopuna Falls, a backdrop in the film "Jurassic Park."


You may be interested in the Island of Hawaii (Big Island) if...

Island of Hawaii
  • You want to see lava fields, go on a night volcano tour and visit Volcano National Park

  • You want to stargaze from the top of the world's tallest mountain, Mauna Kea

  • You want to swim, snorkel, or dive with manta rays or Hawaiian green sea turtles

  • You want to hike everything from lava fields, mountains, and rainforests and catch a few photos of waterfalls along the way

  • You are a coffee lover and want to visit a coffee farm to learn more about the world-famous Kona Coffee


You may be interested in Lanai if...

Lanai Island Hawaii
  • You have been to one or more of the other islands and want a completely different experience on the smallest island in Hawaii

  • You want a more rugged adventure, four-wheeling to remote areas that can't be accessed by car

  • You want a secluded, white sand beach to sunbathe the day away (swimming is not advisable on this beach), and maybe see a whale or two during the winter months

  • You want a luxury stay - don't worry, it's not a hard choice since there are only 3 hotels on the island!

  • You like the idea of exploring this rugged island on horseback or scenic hikes

  • You want to play a round of golf on an award-winning Jack Nicklaus signature design golf course


Inter-Island Travel Packages for Hawaii

I have helped many couples put together inter-island travel packages for their Hawaii honeymoon, romantic getaway, or anniversary trip. It is really quite simple. Hawaii Airlines provides multiple nonstop flights between the islands on a daily basis. The price can run from $39 per person to $200 per person depending on your origination and destination island. There is also a ferry service available from Maui to Lanai.

Tip: a Hawaii honeymoon travel agent can help you figure out the most cost-effective itinerary for inter-island travel in Hawaii

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