Aloha!!! I am back from my week long vacation in Hawaii (felt a bit jealous, right?? I know :). It was a very relaxing and refreshing vacation for me. While you can’t go wrong with Hawaii, I want to share my experience of the two islands I visited – Oahu and Maui.
Oahu: Oahu has a mix of a big city feel with a tropical paradise. It is an island full of people, traffic, skyscrapers and commercialism with thousands of tourists visiting everyday. Waikiki beach area is the highlight of Oahu which is full of big high-end shops, big resort style hotels, beautiful beach to swim, snorkel, surf or canoe, nice restaurants filled with people, and the very beautiful Kapiolani Park. You can enjoy the city hustle- bustle at Waikiki or get away from all the people by heading up to the North Shore, which is quiet and full of natural beauty. It is full of lush green forests and beautiful beaches. And, in my opinion Lanikai beach is the best beach in all of Hawaii.
Maui: Maui is a small island which is amazing and versatile and has many different areas with many different things to do like zip lines, helicopter tours, downhill bike rides, sunset boat cruises, whale-watching tours etc. The beaches are truly awesome and the road to Hana offers many crazy waterfall hikes through sugar cane and tropical rain forests. With that said Maui is very quiet.
Maui vs. Oahu: Which Island is better to vacation: Maui and Oahu are very different islands, but each is awesome in their own way. But for me, the winner is Oahu – Oahu offers so much more to see and do. It has the perfect mix of big city and natural beauty. It has amazing beaches and great country/ small towns if you like to get away from the city. It has the world famous beautiful Waikiki, but it’s not only all about Waikiki. Lanikai beach is really beautiful and perhaps the best in all of Hawaii. The rest of the island is beautiful and lush, with lots of history and Hawaiian culture. I found Oahu to be more greener. In Maui, Hana Road is very beautiful and has a rainforest, but rest of the island is not as lush. I like Oahu better but if you are looking for a quiet nature-filled experience, Maui may be the place for you.
Also, wherever you are in Hawaii, don’t forget to try the Hawaiian Mai Tai :)