Island Hopping in Hawaii: An Adventure Awaits
Is island hopping in Hawaii a thing? Yes! Even though the islands are at least a 30-minute flight apart from one another? Yep. Is island hopping in Hawaii worth it? Absolutely. Keep reading as we explore the benefits and logistics.
Why should I consider island hopping in Hawaii?
Bang for Your Buck
There’s no question about it. Hawaii can be an expensive (still worth it) destination. The flights to Hawaii make up a big portion of the cost. Therefore, our advice has always been to see as much of Hawaii as possible while you’re already there. If you dream of visiting Oahu and Maui, why not do both on the same trip? Make that airfare to Hawaii do double-duty. Otherwise, you’ll be spending twice as much just to get to Hawaii on separate trips.
Each Island is Unique
Each Hawaiian Island has a distinct and unique personality. While they’re all tropical volcanic islands in the state of Hawaii, a lot of the similarities end there. All of the Hawaiian Islands are stunningly beautiful, but there are differences in the geography and vibe between them.
The third largest island, Oahu is the most populated. Home to world-famous Waikiki Beach, Diamond Head, Pearl Harbor and the North Shore; Oahu has something for everyone. In addition to the landmarks, excitement and fame; Oahu is breathtakingly gorgeous. Some of the prettiest scenery in the world is on Oahu, so don’t discount this island because you think it may be “too busy”.
Kauai is perfect for adventurers and dreamers. A laid-back, almost sleepy island; go there for all the best hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, rafting and exploring. The enchanting NaPali Coast and Waimea Canyon are a must-see.
The perfect balance between Oahu and Kauai! Not as busy as Oahu, and not as quiet as Kauai. Highlights are the Road to Hana, Waianapanapa State Park, Haleakala and West Maui.
Big Island of Hawaii
There’s so much to explore on the Big Island! From the mesmerizing Volcanoes National Park, Waimea “panilolo” country, Waipio, black sand beaches, southernmost point in the US, green sand beach, Kona Coffee district, Mauna Kea stargazing and a lot more.
How to Go About Island Hopping in Hawaii
First things first, you have to fly between the islands. Flights are typically 25 – 45 minutes, depending. Although some airlines offer propellor and turboprop planes, the vast majority of inter-island flights are on jets.
If you are going over for the day, you can schedule a round-trip hotel to airport shuttle to take you to the airport. If you drive yourself, keep in mind you’ll have to pay to park your rental car at the airport.
Once you hop over to the next island, more than likely you’ll need a rental car. Additionally, we suggest you have a plan of what you want to see and do before you get there…as the saying goes: “If you aim for nothing you’ll hit it every time”. Some people like to schedule activities for the day, and others prefer to sight-see at their own pace. If you do book excursions or activities, make sure your flight arrives well in advance of the excursion start time.
What’s Your Hawaii Island Hopping Style?
Finally, what is the best way for you to island hop? Should you stay on multiple islands, or go on day trips?
Staying on More than One Island
If you want more time on the different islands than a day trip will provide, consider a 2 Island Hopper All Inclusive Package. You’ll get to spend several days on two islands, getting to do multiple excursions and really soak in each island you visit.
Instead of packing up and changing hotels on multiple islands, try our popular Hawaii Island Hopper Package. You’ll have a home base in Oahu, and get everything included in our signature All-Inclusive Waikiki Beach Vacation. Additionally, you’ll have day trips to Maui, Kauai and the Big Island. Included on these day trips are hotel to airport transfers, round-trip flights, rental car and our Sightseeing Recommendations. We handle all the leg work, and you get to focus on fun!
In conclusion, we absolutely recommend island hopping in Hawaii, and we’re ready to assist you as you decide the best vacation plan for you. You can book any of our Packages with as little as $225 down per person, and we have interest-free payment plans for the remainder. Contact us today and let us begin making your Hawaii dreams come true.