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Old 08-12-2014, 05:33 PM   #1
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Favorite Hawaiian Island to Visit?

Any thoughts. Several people have said Maui but wanted to get everyone's opinion first.
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Old 08-12-2014, 11:04 PM   #2
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We favor Kauai.
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Old 08-13-2014, 05:46 AM   #3
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Old 08-13-2014, 06:33 AM   #4
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Oahu has more stuff to do. Kauai is VERY chill & relaxing
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Maui. It's beautiful, but there's still a lot of stuff to do.
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Old 08-13-2014, 06:52 AM   #6
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1. Big Island-favorite and a little bit of everything
2. Maui- great Beaches, some nice rural areas but also some overly Tourist areas
3.Kauai-relaxed, less touristy

I'm not a huge fan of Oahu, but I didn't spend much time their, and all of it was in/near Honolulu which was neither relaxing nor special to me.

When friends plan a trip to Hawaii for the first time, I usually recommend a split between Maui and Kauai which offer the best of Hawaii. As much as I love the Big Island, it can be a lot of driving if you want just one home base.
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Old 08-13-2014, 07:33 AM   #7
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Our family loved Maui!
My parents prefer Maui.
Our neighbors have been to Maui numerous times.
My brother in law likes Kauai.

We all agree to skip Oahu, except for Pearl Harbour.
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Old 08-13-2014, 07:49 AM   #8
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Any thoughts. Several people have said Maui but wanted to get everyone's opinion first.
We loved Maui. We visited Oahu to see Pearl Harbor, but the island wasn't appealing enough to me to want to spend days there.
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We loved Maui. We visited Oahu to see Pearl Harbor, but the island wasn't appealing enough to me to want to spend days there.
The north shore is amazing. Oahu is still great - I just like Maui better.
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Old 08-13-2014, 08:52 AM   #10
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Big Island! We did a few based in Hilo and a few on the Kona side.
Volcano National Park was AMAZING (and there was no accessible lava flow when I was there). We went to a black sand beach younger than we were, swam in a salt-water naturally heated pool, went to the very top of Mauna Kea.

I feel like Big Island has the most diverse climate and sights. But it is indeed big.
Maui is like a compact "best of" Hawaii - definitely something for everyone.
Kauai - lush and green, but quieter
Oahu - easiest to fly into, has Honolulu so all the restaurant and shopping choices, but traffic. The north/east is so much less visited and pretty quiet.
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Big Island! We did a few based in Hilo and a few on the Kona side.
Volcano National Park was AMAZING (and there was no accessible lava flow when I was there). We went to a black sand beach younger than we were, swam in a salt-water naturally heated pool, went to the very top of Mauna Kea.

I feel like Big Island has the most diverse climate and sights. But it is indeed big.
Maui is like a compact "best of" Hawaii - definitely something for everyone.
Kauai - lush and green, but quieter
Oahu - easiest to fly into, has Honolulu so all the restaurant and shopping choices, but traffic. The north/east is so much less visited and pretty quiet.
I agree with this assessment completely. Our trip to Oahu, Maui, and the Big Island (Hawaii Island) was much like this one. On the Big Island, we flew into Hilo and explored to the south and west -- not the touristy Kona Coast. We got close enough to see into the Mauna Loa crater (not active during our stay). Walked on a recent lava flow that had dried and cooled off somewhat (still toasty). Went to a black sand beach. We found a park that had lava-formed tree stumps that were created by ancient lava over-running a forest. Fascinating and eerie. We took dirt paths to little places tucked away that had beautiful, high water falls. Seemed like the middle of nowhere, but there might be a local there making tourist items from palm fronds, or a guy playing music. Meanwhile, the jungle plants were huge -- things you were familiar with, had 100 times bigger leaves and height. The Big Island was a memorable adventure, very rugged and raw.
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Old 08-13-2014, 09:48 AM   #12
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I loved Oahu!
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Old 08-13-2014, 10:02 AM   #13
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Just a thought- Perhaps this question should have been posted in a forum other than one aimed at Disney restaurants? The OP may get more replies elsewhere.
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Old 08-13-2014, 11:15 AM   #14
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Same thought but I will respond anyways.

Oahu is worth doing once to see Pearl Harbor-way too many tourists there and 35 mph on the freeway is excruciating.We made the mistake of staying downtown, armpit to armpit. Waikiki beach is so overrated as was Hanuama Bay.

Maui is very nice, love the trade winds in the afternoon- really cools you off. Does affect water visibility though, snorkeling and dives were not the greatest. Really disappointed with Molokini-not much to see and way too many dive boats at the same time. The Road to Hana is not to be missed, wished we had taken two-three days to do it to see more. Last stay was in Kihei, dry side of island, but good base to take off from for entire island.

Hawaii-probably our favorite, so much to see, so much to do. Lots of driving to get to places, but so diverse, desert to rain forest to arctic tundra in a matter of hours! Best diving and snorkeling for us. Did a night dive to see the manta rays-saw 12 in an hour. If you do this, do the one near the airport, way better dive than one near the hotel we stayed at in Keahou.

We want to try Kauai next, from what we hear it is very low-key, not many people, total relax at the beach kind of place.
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