The Top 5 Most Popular Attractions in Hawaii

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Located in the Central Pacific, Hawaii is the 50th and most recent state to join the United States of America. Nicknamed the “Aloha State,” Hawaii is known for its sandy beaches, tropical climate, and active volcanoes. Some popular activities in Hawaii include snorkeling, surfing, and visiting volcanoes. You can also experience Hawaiian culture and learn about Hawaiian history at a luau or relax on your choice of gorgeous beaches. Visiting Hawaii can be a life-changing adventure, and these activities are a great way to start. Here are the top 5 islands to visit and the most popular tourist attractions in Hawaii.

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The Most Popular Attractions In Hawaii


Oahu – Honolulu is the state capital and largest city in Hawaii. It’s located on the island of Oahu and is home to over 953,000 people. Honolulu is a popular tourist destination because of its beautiful beaches, such as Waikiki Beach, The North Shore, Diamond Head State Monument, and Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve. Visitors can also enjoy the city’s nightlife, shopping, a national historic landmark like the Polynesian Cultural Center, or the USS Arizona Memorial and the World War II museum at Pearl Harbor. The biggest attraction is surfing and spending time at Waikiki. You can walk to restaurants and bars, sit on the beach and sunbathe, or rent a board and try your hand at small waves.

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Maui – The second largest Hawaiian island is Maui. It’s home to over 154,000 people, and popular tourist destinations include Haleakala National Park, Molokini, the Maui Ocean Center, and the black sand beach on the Road to Hana. Though many visitors don’t leave their resort, it’d be a shame to miss out on visiting what we think is the closest thing to the surface of Mars. Visiting Haleakala’s summit will blow your mind! The views are incredible. Take a Haleakala sunrise tour, and you may experience your jaw drop as the sun breaks through clouds far below you. It’s like a reverse sunrise as you watch the clouds light up!



Kauai – Kauai is the fourth largest Hawaiian island, and it’s also referred to as the “Garden Isle.” With a population of just over 67,000 people, Kauai is one of the least populated large islands in Hawaii. It’s famous for the Napali Coast, which features colorful cliffs that rise 4,000 feet (1,200 meters) above the ocean. Other popular tourist attractions on Kauai include Waimea Canyon State Park and Poipu Beach Park. No matter what, seeing the Napali Coast from up above or from down on the water is worth the trip alone.

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Big Island – The largest Hawaiian island is appropriately called The Big Island or Hawaii. It has a population of just over 200,000 people but receives about 2 million visitors each year drawn to its active volcanoes, Kilauea and Mauna Loa, as well as black sand beaches like Punaluʻu Beach Park. Hawaii Island is home to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, which includes lava tubes and petroglyph fields along with hiking trails through rain forests & across lava flows.

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Lanai – The Pineapple Isle is a neighboring island and part of Maui County. It’s a popular destination for SCUBA diving & snorkeling due to its crystal-clear water & abundant marine life, including over 250 species of fish & 70 types of coral. A large percentage of Lanai’s marine life cannot be found anywhere else in the world, making it an essential stop for any traveler visiting Maui. The ʻAuʻau Channel, between Maui and Lanai, is also a popular destination for whale watching. Every year from December to April, Humpback whales migrate to the warm waters around Maui to mate and give birth. 

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With so many beautiful places to visit, it’s no wonder why Hawaii is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world! Whether you’re looking to surf on a longboard at Waikiki or explore ancient volcanoes on the Big Island, there’s something for everyone.

So what are you waiting for? Start planning your trip to Hawaii today, and let us know how we can help!


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