Hawaiian Island-Hopping Ideas for Everyone

LT Globetrotter

August 6, 2019
Hawaii Island Hopping - Kauai

For many travelers, choosing just one Hawaiian island to visit is harder than it sounds. Each island is distinct, with a unique slice of Hawaiian life that’s worth a visit. Since hopping between them is easier than ever, here are five potential itineraries—one for every type of traveler.


For the First Timer

Oahu (3 nights) – Maui (4 nights) – Kauai (3 nights)

  • In Oahu, savor Hanauma Bay’s breathtaking natural beauty. This former volcanic crater is a protected marine life conservation area where you can swim and snorkel with over 400 species of Hawaiian fish, turtles, and other marine life.

  • No visit to Hawaii is complete without a genuine luau experience, and Maui's best is the Old Lahaina Luau, featuring a sumptuous buffet dinner, traditional arts and crafts demonstrations, a dramatic imu presentation, and Hawaiian revue.

  • Kauai is for sailing, great food, and sunsets, and the NaPali Sunset Sail delivers all this and more in an awesome evening of cruising just off the colorful Na Pali Coast.


The Adventure Seeker

Kauai, Hawaii

Big Island (4 nights) – Kauai (4 nights) – Maui (3 nights) – Oahu (3 nights)

  • Marvel at five active or dormant volcanoes, including Kilauea, on the 260-mile Grand Circle Island Excursion. Also, visit a black-sand beach, Kona coffee plantation, Volcano National Park, and, time permitting, Rainbow Falls.
  • On Kauai, witness breathtaking mountain and ocean views as you hike Kalihiwai Valley and the lowland rainforest to the spectacular five-tiered Kalihiwai Falls.
  • Board a chopper to view Maui's famous Haleakala National Park and Haleakala Crater, plus the Hana Rainforest Preserve, the largest rainforest in the US.
  • Hop into a custom Jeep to explore Oahu's diverse landscapes, including Diamond Head, Pali Lookout, the famous North Shore surfing beaches, and the Dole Pineapple and Coffee Plantation.


Ring of Romance

Na Pali Coast, Hawaii

Kauai (3 nights) – Maui (4 nights) – Oahu (3 nights)

  • Experience Kauai the way it was meant to be seen on a deluxe helicopter tour that soars over Hanapepe Valley, Waimea Canyon, the Na Pali Coast, and Mt. Waialeale.
  • While you feast on an exquisite dinner buffet, the Teralani 2 catamaran takes you to see some of Maui's most breathtaking and beautiful sights.
  • Connect with local pro photographers on Oahu for a day of shooting unique sights like Magic Island Lagoon, Waikiki Beach, Sans Souci State Recreational Park, and the War Memorial Natatorium.


Family Flavor

Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head, Oahu

Oahu (3 nights) – Maui (4 nights)

  • Visit Oahu's amazing Polynesian Cultural Center and see authentic villages, live arts and crafts demonstrations, the pageant of the long canoes, and an extravaganza of song and dance.
  • Enjoy a genuine Hawaiian experience at Maui's Old Lahaina Luau, featuring a sumptuous buffet dinner, traditional arts and crafts demonstrations, dramatic Imu presentation, and Hawaiian revue.


Seasoned Traveler

Off Road to Hana Highway, Maui

Maui (4 nights) – Lanai (3 nights)

  • Board a chopper to view Maui's famous Haleakala National Park and Haleakala Crater, plus the Hana Rainforest Preserve.
  • On Lanai, it's all about the beaches: Polihua Beach, though remote, is an awesome stretch of golden sands; Shipwreck Beach is a magnet for strolling and beachcombing; and Hulopoʻe (named "#1 Beach in America") is best known for snorkeling, surfing, and dolphin-watching.


Take advantage of free night offers at selected hotels, sightseeing add-ons, and an Alamo rental car. Contact your Liberty Travel consultant, who'll be happy to arrange details that will assure the best, most fulfilling Hawaii vacation experience for you.

LT Globetrotter, Liberty Travel Consultant

As fellow travelers, our people are always on the move discovering new destinations. On the occasions they take a break from exploring, they love to write up a few stories about their adventures before they leave for the next one, so you can enjoy expert tips, news, and recommendations to use for your own travels.

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