Are you looking for the top places to visit in Hawaii While Hawaii is a top choice for many, it’s not the only place on everyone’s bucket list. Each island offers its own unique attractions. Our insider’s advice on the best places to visit — and where to stay — has been compiled!
Black Rock at Ka’anapali Beach, Maui
Black Rock is the place to be if you love anything fun. Scuba diving, snorkeling with tropical fish, and cliff diving are just a few of the many activities available at Black Rock. The stunning scenery makes it a photographer’s dream.
The Sheraton Hotel hosts a symbolic torch lighting ceremony/diving ceremony every night. This symbolizes the ancient legend that spirits leap off the rocks to mark the end of an era. This is a great excursion for a full-day.
Where to stay on Ka’anapali Beach
Just steps away from the beach, the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel offers a great mid-range resort.
The Sheraton Hotel, a luxurious property located right at the foot of Black Rock, is the Sheraton Hotel.
Waipio Valley, Hawaii, The Big Island
The Waipio Valley, Hawaii’s highest waterfall, is a hidden treasure trove that is not open to the public. You must book a tour in order to access the private property. We recommend KapohoKine Adventures but there are also tour companies that offer ATV or horseback riding tours.
Waipi’o Valley: Where to Stay
Waipi’o Lodge, a mid-range hotel that is highly rated, is the best option if you want to be close to Waipi’o Valley.
The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, a four-star property on the Kohala Coast is just an hour away from the valley.
Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel is home to one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. It even has a few turtles that can be seen while you snorkel. I stayed there for three nights and didn’t want to leave.
Shipwreck Beach (Kauai)
Shipwreck Beach is known for its spectacular views and popularity with local surfers, even though the actual shipwreck it was named after has long since disappeared. Due to the rough waters, swimming is not recommended for those who are strong swimmers. However, experienced surfers and boogieboarders might be up for it!
The Maha’ulepu Heritage Trail hike is worth it. Also, the golden sand beaches make for a great spot to sunbathe.
Shipwreck Beach: Where to Stay
The Grand Hyatt Hotel & Spa is a beautiful property located right on Shipwreck Beach. It’s highly recommended by travel blanket who are looking for a luxury getaway on Kauai.
Another luxury property is the Koa Kea Hotel & Resort located 2.5 miles from Shipwreck Beach. It has a restaurant and spa.
The Kauai Inn, a little way from the beach, is the perfect place for budget-minded travelers who want to stay in a beautiful property with all the amenities.
Road to Hana (Maui).
The Road to Hana is without doubt one of Hawaii’s top spots. It’s time to rent a Jeep and pack your bags before you hit the open road. The trip to Hana can take between 2 and 3 hours depending on the location you are departing from. However, there is no stopping – we guarantee you won’t want to stop.
Take a few days to see all that Hana Town has to offer. Book a Hana Town hotel reservation!
Hana Highway is home to many attractions, including beaches, restaurants, waterfalls, and trails. Take your time and find the ones that interest you.
Where to stay on the Road to Hana
The Travaasahana resort is set in 70 acres of beautiful natural gardens. This property hosts many wellness classes, cultural activities, as well as adventure excursions.
The Paia Inn, a mid-range hotel, is an excellent place to launch adventure activities.
Na Pali Coast (Kauai)
The Na Pali Coast is one of Hawaii’s top tourist destinations. Because of its remote location, the Na Pali Coast’s 17-mile shoreline is truly unique. This area can only be accessed by water, helicopter or on your own.
You can take a dip in the Open Ceiling Sea Cave, and you can also check out the Waiahuakua water stream that flows down to the sea cave roof. This is one amazing photo opportunity!
Where to stay on the Na Pali Coast
The north shore is a great place to relax and enjoy some time. The St. Regis Princeville is located close to the Na Pali Coast’s main trails. This resort is absolutely stunning!
The Wyndham Bali Hai is a more comprehensive option if you are looking for something more. This beautiful mid-range hotel offers fully-equipped apartments with kitchens.
Papohaku Beach (Molokai).
The largest beach of white sand in Hawaii is also the most peaceful. This is the perfect spot if you want to get away for a while. While you can enjoy the views from Oahu’s shore, it is highly dangerous to swim in the ocean.
Where to stay near Papohaku Beach
Papohaku Beach may be a bit far from the main road, but it is close enough to other hotels that I recommend you stay in nearby towns. The Hotel Molokai, a mid-range hotel is just a 40-minute drive from Papohaku Beach.
Manele Bay (Lana’i)
Another peaceful getaway! You can also swim at Hulopoe Beach or golf at Four Seasons Resort.
The Four Seasons offers hula lessons for those who want to experience authentic Hawaiian culture. There are picnic areas available and the waters are perfect for swimming.
Manele Bay: Where to Stay
- The Four Seasons Resort Lana’i offers both ocean and garden views.
- The Hotel Lana’i is an ideal place for solo and budget travel blanket.
- Lahaina Shores, a mid-range hotel located in the heart Lahaina, is an amazing choice.
- Kalaupapa (Molokai)
Although the Molokai mule rides may not be available at this time, this holy Molokai village still has an interesting settlement history and will be of interest to anyone who is curious.
Book a Damien tour to visit the beautiful St. Philomena Church, founded by Father Damien. This also includes Father Damien’s final resting place. You can learn more about Kalaupapa’s past and be prepared for an unforgettable, spiritual journey.
Kalaupapa: Where to Stay
For an excursion to Kalaupapa, Hotel Molokai is your best option. You can also rent vacation homes or guesthouses in the vicinity.
Pololu Valley (Hawaii), The Big Island
Black lava rock and sand beaches make for stunning scenery. The short, but steep hike can be very rewarding. On your way to Hawi, stop by for lunch and homemade fudge.
Where to stay near Pololu Valley
A must-see on your Big Island trip to Hawaii is the Kohala Coast. The Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel was once again a property that I adored!
The Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel may be full, but the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is very close.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, (Hawaii. The Big Island).
This national park is a must-see for outdoor enthusiasts. You can enjoy amazing hiking and biking in the deserts or lush rain forests during the day.
Paradise Helicopters offers helicopter tours to Hilo that take you up into the night sky to see the glow of moltenlava. Extreme no-door tours are available for adrenaline junkies.
Where to stay near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Kilauea Lodge, a mid-range property is located one mile from the National Park. This adorable Inn has a hot tub, and a breakfast on-site.
Volcano Village Lodge, located just ten minutes away from the park, is a highly-rated property. It also features garden waterfalls and koi-ponds as well as a hot tub.
Hawaii: What to Pack?
Photo Equipment: A GoPro is a great camera for underwater shots (and a selfie stick)! A nice camera for activities on the land. (See our complete guide to buying a travel camera.)
Clothing: You should have a pair of sandals or flip flops (I adore Rainbow sandals), as well as a few swimsuits, sunglasses and a sun hat. Water shoes are also a must-have.
Rash Guard: When I travel bidet to islands, I always bring my long-sleeved rash guard. It provides protection from the sun while snorkeling, and warmth when the water gets cold.
Snorkel equipment: You can save tons of money and not be tied to old equipment. This mask and these fins are travel-sized.
Reusable water bottle: Not only is it cheaper, but it’s also better for the environment. This CamelBak water bottles is what we use at home. If you need something smaller, the collapsible water bottles are perfect for hiking and travel bidet.