Hawaii contains six main islands and famous for rugged landscapes of cliffs, waterfalls, tropical foliage and beaches with gold, red, black sands. The isolated volcanic archipelago has some of the most iconic locations that you must visit. Here are ten of those iconic locations in Hawaii.
10. Mokolea Rock:
Though you can access this tiny islet in Kailua Bay only with a permit it sure worth it. Especially if you are a bird lover since Mōkōlea is a State Bird Sanctuary containing various types of birds.
9. Hawaii Big Islands:
The largest of the islands in Hawaii, the Big Island has numerous beautiful destinations you can explore. The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Waipio Valley Beach is one of the most popular destinations with the Magic Sands Beach, Mauna Kea, Parker Ranch and much more. Waipio Valley, Pu’uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park, Kaumana Cave, Halemaʻumaʻu Crater, Panaewa Rainforest Zoo, Papakolea Beach are some of the other must-visit destinations on this island.
8. Kauai Island:
Kauai Island is also known as the Garden Isle. This island has many beaches, amazing parks, waterfalls, and cliffs and it is also home to some of the most amazing sites in the world such as the Na Pali Coast and the Waimea Canyon, Kauai Glass Beach, Kalalau Valley. The island offers many activities for adventure lovers. Don’t forget to explore the Queens Bath, Wailua Falls, Kōkeʻe State Park, Tunnels Beach, Shipwreck Beach, and Mount Waialeale.
7. Molokai Island:
Some of the most popular tourist’s destinations on this island of Hawaii includes Kamakou Preserve and Sandy Beach, Papohaku Beach and Kalaupapa National Historical Park. You should also explore Hālawa Valley, Pālāʻau State Park, a great place for hiking and camping, Kahiwa Falls and Kakahaia National Wildlife Refuge.
Oahu island of Hawaii is packed with unusual destinations that that will leave you amazed like the Diamond Head, a volcanic tuff cone. The Pearl Harbor National Memorial which marks the resting place of 1,102 of the 1,177 sailors and Marines killed during the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. Lanikai Beach, Kualoa Ranch & Zipline, Ka‘iwa Ridge Trail, Iolani Palace, and Waimea Bay are just a few of this island’s attractions.
5. Honolulu And Waikiki:
Honolulu is the capital of Hawaii and Waikiki is a neighbor of Honolulu on Oʻahu’s south shore. A trip to Hawaii won’t be complete without visiting these two tourist hotspots. Waikiki is famous for its beach but there are also other places to explore like the St. Augustine Church, the farmers market, and the Magic Island Lagoon.
4. Pololu Valley:
Pololū Valley is located at the end of Highway 270 in North Kohala. Its black sand beach and breathtaking views are mesmerizing. You can take a drive through the quaint towns of Hāwī and Kapa‘au to get to this valley that has been untouched for centuries.
3. Na Mokulua:
Na Mokula is made of two islets off the windward coast of Oahu. You can reach the islands easily by renting a kayak on nearby Kailua Beach and paddling about one mile offshore. Both islands are seabird sanctuaries protected by the state of Hawaii.
2. Maui Island:
You will find some of the best attractions in Hawaii on Maui Island. The Haleakala National Park, Kaihalulu Beach, Road to Hana and Kaanapali Beach are the most popular places on this island. From Moloka’i’s Kalaupapa National Historical Park, Secret Beach and The Island of Lana’i, Iao Valley, Waioka Pond, and Molokini, you will find many charming destinations on this island.
Hulopoe Bay, Gardens of the Gods, Puu Pehe or the Sweetheart Rock and Manele Bay Road are some of the popular destinations of this island. The Shipwreck Beach, Fisherman’s Trail, and the Cathedrals are a few must visit and of course, if you are a cat lover don’t forget to visit the Lanai Cat Sanctuary.