If you’re struggling with where to go for your next vacation, the answer is easy: Hawaii.
North America’s paradise, each of the islands that make up Hawaii offers unique experiences like scuba diving The Cathedrals around Lanai.
A true tropical paradise, Hawaii has everything you could ever dream of needing, and you don’t even have to leave the country to experience it!
If you’re still not convinced, read on to discover why Hawaii should be your next vacation destination.
1. Natural Beauty
There’s no doubt that if you’ve seen pictures of any of Hawaii’s islands, you know it’s gorgeous. Due to the many microclimates on the islands, Hawaii has dozens of different landscapes waiting for you to explore.
There is an actively erupting volcano, Kilauea, and mountains where you can experience snowfall.
One of the most beautiful natural aspects of Hawaii is its tropical rainforests. These forests cover over 2,500 square miles of the islands and are open for hiking, four-wheeling, and exploring.
Here, you’ll be able to swim in waterfalls and meander through the dense forests like past explorers.
Read about our favorite Hawaii Botanical Gardens…
2. Island Hopping
If you aren’t sure exactly what you want out of your vacation, Hawaii offers enough options that you won’t have to pick only one thing. Hawaii consists of eight separate islands, each with its unique landscape and flavor.
For beautiful beaches, Maui is a definite favorite. It is perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving, with its fantastic coral reefs and crystal water.
If you’re looking for a more touristy experience, visit Oahu, home to the USS Arizona Memorial.
For those who want to be as far away from the crowds as possible, the smaller and less busy islands of Kauai, Lanai and Molokai are great options. They’re perfect for hiking, horseback riding, helicopter rides, and golfing, all without the hustle and bustle of the other islands.
And the Big Island, or the Island of Hawaii, is home to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, one of the most exhilarating and breathtaking trips you’ll ever experience.
3. Beaches, Duh!
Hawaii has some of the most beautiful beaches on Earth, as diverse and unique as the islands that make up the state.
Some of these beautiful islands have black sand beaches resulting from the erupting volcanos in the vicinity. There are also beaches with blindingly white sand and even those with pebbles and rocks.
However, some of the most beautiful stretches of sea are those where you can’t swim. The ocean has eaten away at Hawaii’s coast for centuries, leaving behind steep and jagged cliffs, which are completely breathtaking.
Take a few pictures, hike along them, or take a moment to enjoy the sights.
4. Sea Life
Just past Hawaii’s varying and beautiful shorelines is an even more beautiful and distinctive habitat. Hawaii is surrounded by some of the most vibrant wildlife in the world.
Depending on when you visit, you might be able to see humpback whales giving birth to their young. Or, you can visit a wildlife preserve and watch sea turtles come to lay eggs on the beaches.
If you go a little further out into the ocean, you’ll have an up-close experience with the local dolphins. Or, you can scuba and snorkel and get to know the many bright and varied species of fish that call the islands home.
5. Hiking Trails
This list has already mentioned snorkeling and scuba diving several times, but those aren’t the only activities you can do in Hawaii. One of the most popular out-of-water things to do in Hawaii is hiking.
Hawaii’s landscape is so rich that sometimes it’s better to see it up close and personal.
You can hike along the Kalalau trail, a favorite for locals and visitors. It twists and turns along the coast, near cliffs overlooking the ocean. Although you will want to be careful during heavy rains as the trail can flood quickly.
Another popular option is Waimea canyon, though, with all the beautiful streams and waterfalls along the trail, you might want to stop for a swim instead.
There are plenty of adventures available in Hawaii. You can take helicopter rides along the coast or hang glide if you’re more daring.
ATV tours will also take you deep into the Hawaiian rain forests and zip lines that take you sailing over the treetops.
If slower adventures are more your scene, try golfing at one of the many resorts on the islands. With varying difficulty levels, you’ll be sure to find a style and course that you’ll enjoy.
And since you’re on vacation, you can play as many rounds as you want!
7. Seafood, Yummmm!
Considering it’s an island nation, it’s not a surprise that Hawaii offers some of the best seafood in the country.
All over the islands, you’ll find gourmet restaurants that offer the very best the sea has to offer.
However, it’s not just these high-end options that offer great food, local little cafes or food trucks also offer great variety with delicious flavors.
Or you can visit a local market as we did on Kauai, buy some fresh ahi tuna, sear it yourself, pour a glass of wine, and enjoy it on your vacation rental’s balcony as you watch the humpback whales splash off in the distance.
8. Historical and Cultural Experiences
As mentioned earlier, the USS Arizona Memorial is one of the many places you can visit on Oahu to get a more cultural experience. Here, you can learn about the bombing of Pearl Harbor and visit the site of the event that changed U.S. history.
There are also dozens of farms and plantations available for touring, from pineapple to coffee farms.
If you want a tour with a treat at the end, you can visit Dole Plantation, which includes a train tour, giant maze, and delicious frozen desserts.
9. Diverse Accommodations
While there are plenty of hotels, inns, and motels to choose from, Hawaii offers more. There are also apartments, condos, bungalows, homes, and villas where you can stay, all depending on what you need for your vacation.
Many hotels have separate areas consisting of condos or bungalows to have your own space and the convenience of hotel living.
There are several apartments and home rental options for those who want to be completely autonomous (this is our favorite way to stay!) available on the island.
They range from studio apartments to huge, sprawling villas with private pools, saunas, and ocean views.
If you base your trip around the best time of year to go to Hawaii – May, April, October, and September – you’ll find that a Hawaiian vacation can be less expensive than other exotic locations.
Hawaii offers amazing deals online during the low season, including flight, hotel, and rental cars.
Sometimes, if you are lucky enough, you can even find hotel deals that offer dining credits to cover your food cost!
Helping to drive airfare costs down is that Southwest Airlines now has select flights to the islands.
When you bundle these deals, you save even more money, so make sure you check every option!