Hawaii's Big Island
Hawaii's Big Island is home to Mauna Kea, the world's tallest mountain (measured from the ocean's floor). The largest of the Hawaiian Islands is most famous for its active volcano Kilauea, which is located at the Hawaiian Volcanoes National Park. The Waipio Valley, nicknamed "Valley of the Kings," provides many outdoor activities on the big island such as hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking and kayaking.
The island of Maui was voted "Best Pacific Island," by readers of Conde Nast Traveler. Maui is famously known for humpback whale sightings, as well as some of the best coral reefs for snorkeling in the United States. Maui has 81 beaches and a shoreline that spans 120 miles. The 53 mile long Hana Highway winds along the coast of Maui and provides breathtaking views of the island.
Lanai is located only nine miles from Maui, and is most known for Shipwreck Beach, where the hull of an oil tanker from the 1940s is still beached in Kaiolohia Bay. The island is the home of two world famous championship level golf courses, Koele and Manele. Off-road vehicles can be driven around the famous rock garden Keahiakawelo, nicknamed "The Garden of The Gods."
Molokai is Hawaii's fifth largest island, at only 38 miles long and 10 miles wide at its widest point. This island has over 32 miles of barrier reef for snorkeling, and is the home to the largest sea cliffs in the world. Molokai is known as the legendary birthplace of hula dancing.
Oahu is Hawaii's third largest island, and is home for the majority of Hawaii's population. Oahu has some of the most world famous beaches including Waikiki, Honolulu, Haleiwa and Kailua. Oahu has been nicknamed "The Gathering Place" because of the activities and opportunities the island provides, such as world-class surfing, hiking through rain forests and endless snorkeling opportunities.
Kauai is the northernmost island in the Hawaiian chain. Kauai is home to the famous Waimea Canyon; also know as "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific," which is more than 3,000 feet deep. Kauai has a very mountainous, jagged landscape, and includes the famous Kalalau Trail, an 11 mile trail that crosses five different valleys and ends at the secluded Kalalau Beach.