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Best Island in Hawaii: Take the Hawaiian Island Quiz

You’ve heard about, and dreamt about, going to Hawaii forever. The beautiful sunsets, even more beautiful beaches and the adventure – no, thrill – of amazing activities.

But how do you know which is the best island in Hawaii to visit? Like which one is really right for you? While there’s plenty of things to do in Hawaii, each island has its own personality.

One of the most magical things about Hawaii is the diversity of people, climate, scenery and activities. You could spend time on one island, and head on over to the next and have a completely different set of experiences.

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Kaanapali Beach, Maui

Which Hawaiian island to visit quiz

Hawaii is more than just beautiful beaches, big waves and world-famous sunsets. Hawaii is home to 10 of the 14 climate zones in the world.

This means you’re sure to find weather and activities you’ll love in Hawaii, because there’s something for everyone.  

If you’re wondering the best time to visit Hawaii, well, anytime is fantastic! However the weather can vary and the cost of your trip changes with the season, too.

So…are you ready to start looking for flights?

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Kiahuna Beach in south Kauai

The Hawaiian island quiz: Find the best island in Hawaii for you

Hawaii is made up of 6 major islands to visit, and over 100 smaller islands! For the purposes of this quiz we’ll look at the 4 islands that get the most activity and tourism.

You’ll get a different experience on each island. And your vacation can even change based on the part of the island you’re traveling to, and the activities you’re participating in.

Enough chatting already. Here’s how to find out which Hawaiian island to visit quiz! 

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The beautiful Oahu coastline

As you take the quiz below, make note of which letter you answer the most frequently. The questions:

1: Going to Hawaii: what’s the occasion?

A – Family vacation
B – Romantic getaway
C – Relax and unwind
D – Adventure and explore

2: When you wake up, what kind of view do you want to see outside your window?

A – I want to feel the energy of the city and be able to people watch
B – Beautiful beaches with a little bit of action… I want to go snorkeling nearby
C – Palm trees, lush greenery and wide open spaces, like Hawaii was intended to be
D – Mountains and a waterfall would be nice

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Overlooking a beautiful hotel pool and beach

3: You’ve got a day free for water play. What activity is your go-to choice?

A – Surfing….go big or go home is my motto
B – Diving and snorkeling
C – Deep sea fishing for the best fish
D – Windsurfing, kayaking or paddle boarding

4: Your perfect vacation day consists of:

A – Beach and play, then shopping and followed up by upscale dining
B – Hopping in a car to drive the most beautiful coastline, and playing in water fall or two along the way
C – Helicopter tour of an active volcano, hitting up a local festival, then a quiet picnic at an uncrowded beach for dinner
D – A bit of hiking and then tubing down a winding river

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These ocean blues from a hiking trail in Hawaii are stunning

5: What’s your perfect way to learn about the history and culture of the island?

A – I love museums, monuments and memorials
B – Catch a tour of a plantation and checkout an ancient temple
C – Submerse myself in the culture and chat with the locals
D – View the island from a helicopter, where you can almost imagine the island being formed 5 million years ago

Read next: Hawaii Packing List (Everything You Need for an Unforgettable Vacation)

Best island in Hawaii: quiz results

Eeeek! Are you so excited to find out which Hawaiian island is the best choice for your vacation? Here we go….

Oahu

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Lookout from the top of Diamond Head Crater, Oahu

If you chose mostly A’s, the best island in Hawaii for you may be: Oahu

Nicknamed “The Gathering Place,” Oahu is the most popular of the islands for both visitors and residents. Oahu hosts Honolulu, which is a larger, busier city experience and home to Waikiki Beach.

But don’t think the city is all that the island has to offer! Pearl Harbor, Diamond Head and the North Shore are more popular destinations on Oahu.

The city of Honolulu boasts a big-city vibe with lots of bars, restaurants and entertainment options. It’s also home to the largest shopping centers in the state, and plenty of family-friendly activities like zoos, aquariums and even a submarine museum. Plan a glass-bottom boat tour or hit the beach for kayaking, parasailing or snorkeling.

Drive an hour away from the big city to explore the Windward coast of Oahu with a nature preserve and hike. Rent ATV’s, a super fun way to explore Hawaii, or hit up one of the amazing golf courses on Oahu.

Check out the waves on the North Shore, the Polynesian Culture Center, or take a tour of the Dole plantation to taste the best pineapple you’ve ever had. Finally, head out to a luau where you can truly enjoy the island life.

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Maui

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Waianapanapa State Park (black sand beach), Maui

If you chose mostly B’s, the best island in Hawaii for you might be: Maui

Most popular as a honeymooner’s destination, Maui is beautiful, romantic and exciting. Whether you’re headed there on a couple’s trip, with family or friends, Maui has activities for everyone.

Nicknamed “The Valley Isle,” Maui is a slower pace than Oahu, but more commissioned activities than Kauai or the Big Island. Maui is a luxurious island with opportunities to satisfy your travel craving. Biking, ziplining, snorkeling, boating, hiking, fishing, lounging on the beach…the sky is the limit here.

Popular activities for visitors include watching the sun rise above the clouds at 10,000 feet with 360 degree views atop Haleakala, a dormant volcano. Then, as if that wasn’t cool enough, riding down the mountain on bikes, with really good brakes, to sea level makes a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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Then grab a rental car and hit the Road to Hana. Marvel at the breathtaking coastal views, stop by a roadside stand for fresh banana bread, or hike to and swim in majestic waterfalls along the way to a black sand beach.

There’s plenty of water play in Maui, too. From snorkeling the Molokini crater to a whale-watching tour in Maalaea Bay, or simply swimming with the sea turtles off Kaanapali Beach, you’re sure to make memories of a lifetime.

Back on land, explore marvelous lavender fields, pose with the famous Banyan tree in Lahaina, grab a guided zip-line tour or heck, go check out a goat dairy farm that makes 25 kinds of cheese. Talk about the stuff dream vacations are made of, friend!

Search and book more Maui activities here:

 

Island of Hawaii (Big Island)

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If your list included many C’s, the best island in Hawaii for you may be: the Big Island

The island of Hawaii has a more laid back feel than the other islands, with less visitors than Oahu and Maui, yet so much to see! Oh, and this island’s nickname is as simple as it comes – “The Big Island” and is actually the largest island in the US!

By far the most popular tourist attraction is Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Exploring the active volcano with a helicopter tour, walking through giant lava tubes underground, or watching the lava flowing at night are all completely unforgettable experiences.

Before you arrive on the island, check with the National Park Service for updates on Volcanoes National Park information.

But the Big Island offers more than the lava and volcanoes – like coffee! The only coffee grown in the U.S. is in the state of Hawaii, and the Kona region of the Big Island truly celebrates this, with the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival.

The Big Island is also home of a winery and popular macadamia nuts. Festivals, farmers markets and gardens are the right opportunity to mix with the locals and really experience the culture on the Big Island.

Fuel your soul on the Big Island by experiencing rain forests, orchid gardens, hiking, stargazing, whale watching, boating, deep sea fishing, scuba diving, swimming with manta rays and paddle-boarding.

It’s extremely diverse terrain allows for new adventures each day you’re on the island. Make sure to visit at least one black sand or green sand beach, too, for a truly unique experience! There’s so much beauty and power in this island, that you’re sure to fall in love with Hawaii here.

Here are more ways to explore the Big Island:

 

Kauai

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Experience the Napali Coast via the Kalalau Lookout, Kauai

If most of your answers were D’s, the best island in Hawaii for you might be: Kauai

Full of adventure, beauty and a dramatic coastline that would make any island-lover swoon, Kauai is the least visited of the 4 featured Hawaiian islands. It’s an island truly made to be explored by foot, as only 10% of the island is accessible by car.

Take a helicopter, boat or kayak tour to see the stunning Napali Coast. Head into Waimea Canyon, known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, to view colorful peaks and lush gardens.

Grab your hiking gear for the day and hike one (or more) of dozens of trails to explore nature at it’s finest. And make sure to add to your must-see list at least one of the hundreds of gorgeous waterfalls on the island.

Kauai adventures don’t stop at hiking and lush greens though, there’s horseback riding, river tubing, diving, whale watching, ziplining, wind surfing and of course snorkeling and scuba diving.

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Nicknamed “The Garden Isle,” and although most of Kauai’s adventures are in nature, there are museums and historical sights to learn about Hawaii’s oldest island. Oh, and beaches that will soothe your soul with their calmness and beauty. Can you say dream vacation any louder?

 

Wait, there’s more….islands, that is

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Hawaii truly has the most stunning sunsets!

There are 2 more islands that you could technically visit if vacationing in Hawaii, but they receive so few tourists that it made sense to focus on the 4 islands where accommodations and flights are most accessible.

Molokai and Lanai are both beautiful options if you’re flexible with your travel itinerary and really want a low-key vacation. Generally, Molokai is known for it’s simple lifestyle and stunning hiking trails. Lanai is serene and known for it’s amazing snorkeling and scuba diving…hard to believe it can get better than the underwater adventures of the other islands listed above.

Find the best rentals on Oahu (for an affordable price) here.

So how do you choose the best island in Hawaii to visit?

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Maui beaches in the morning sunlight

So what if you wanted to select ‘all of the above’ for a few of the quiz questions? Well, the truth is, you really can’t make a bad choice in Hawaii!

Regardless of the type of vacation you’ve got your heart set on, you can find exciting things to meet your expectations on all of the Hawaiian islands. And generally, if you have the time, it’s easy to island-hop so you can visit multiple islands within your trip.

I recommend selecting your vacation island based on the main thing that you want to do in Hawaii. Want to see historical Pearl Harbor or Waikiki? Head to Oahu.

Looking to ride a bike down a mountain and drive the Road to Hana? Visit Maui.

Looking to relax and put your feet up, occasionally mixing with the locals or checking out some lava? The Big Island is right for you.

Or if you’re wanting to hike and explore rich landscapes, Kauai might be best island in Hawaii for you.

How to make the most of your trip to Hawaii

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Hanalei Bay Pier in Kauai

Finally, here are a few tips as you plan your trip to Hawaii.

  • Find discounted flights using FareDrop. They’ll provide airfare alerts for the cheapest flights to Hawaii. If your dates are flexible, this is the best way to get the most bang for your buck. (I saved over 50% on my last trip to Kauai this way.)
  • Don’t plan every minute of every day. There’s so much to explore and do in Hawaii, make sure to leave yourself some time for an unexpected adventure. Ask locals (not the concierge or waitresses at a tourist-y restaurant) what’s the best thing to do on the island. Then do it!
  • Eat local. This is a big one! Enjoy local cuisine, new flavors and unique dishes. I always rely on Trip Advisor to help find the best local restaurants. While you’re on the islands, be sure to check out traditional Hawaiian shave ice, Kalua pig and at least one shrimp truck!

One of my first loves of the beach came after traveling to the Hawaiian islands. Friend, it’s a place you MUST experience at least once!

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    So dreamer, do you have your island picked out? Which is the best island in Hawaii for you? Where will you go first? Comment below or tag @shesavesshetravels on Instagram with the island of your choice! Now…time to save up for those flights!

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    32 Responses

    1. Honestly I have never been to Hawaii before, but I am scare of volcano, lol, so I will choose Oahu and Kauai based on these pictures here.

      1. Ina, what a great reason to visit Oahu and Kauai! They’re both beautiful options with a lot to offer. I hope you get there someday! 🙂

      1. I’m so glad you found it helpful, Samantha! All of the islands are truly beautiful!

    2. Wow! I’ve always wanted to travel to Hawaii. The beauty is just amazing. Ive never given thought about which island I’d want to visit first tho. definately something to think about as we plan our next vacation. Thanks for sharing!

      1. It’s truly a bucket list destination, Sarah! Thanks for stopping by the blog today. 🙂

    3. heyy! this is very timely. Hawaii is also like the Philippines in terms of beaches. One reason I also love to go to Hawaii is to visit my friend living in Waipahu. ????????????

      1. It’s always nice to visit someplace where you know someone. I always feel like I get a more authentic experience when a local to shows me the best places to see and things to do. 🙂 I haven’t been to the Philippines but it’s on my bucket list!

    4. So, I got Maui which is hilarious because I won a trip to Maui on Wheel of Fortune. Guess they knew where I should be!! It was fabulous. We have friends on Oahu also and that was also beautiful!

      1. Wow Stephanie! What an amazing experience to win that kind of trip! I agree every island is fabulous. Glad you had a great time on both! Only two more to go. 😉

    5. Hello. Interesting article, had not yet been to Hawaii, but will definitely be there.

      1. It’s so great, Valery! I hope you get there soon and witness the Aloha spirit!

    6. Thank you for all the wonderful information! We still haven’t been to Hawaii, partially because we don’t want to make the wrong decision. This gave me some great things to think about and lists what activities are best on each island. Love it!

      1. Oh Michelle I hope you get there soon! It’s fabulous! I”m glad you found the quiz helpful. 🙂

    7. Honestly, a few years back when I am not a blogger I researched this and made an itinerary in hopping from one island to the other. I wish I didn’t delete that sticky notes I made in my laptop! Reading this article it makes me pursue that dream of traveling the islands in Hawaii. Beautiful post!

      1. Oh that’s cool! Well it’s time to plan your Hawaiian vacation again! 🙂

    8. What a perfect time for me to find this post! My sister and I are planning a trip to Hawaii together this summer and we couldn’t figure out which island to visit – we’ll be taking this quiz together in order to help us decide!

      1. Oh so cool Kate! I love all the Hawaiian islands – you really can’t go wrong! A sisters trip will be so fun in Hawaii!

    9. I got Maui! Which is interesting, because it’s the only Hawaiian island I’ve been to! Would love to explore more, but it’s hard to beat snorkeling with sea turtles!

      1. Ha I love it! Seems like Maui was a good pick for your last trip to the islands then! Thanks for stopping by the blog today. 🙂

    10. wow amazing, Kauai it is for me, how marvelous. I would really love to travel there. The quiz was an awesome way of presenting it

      1. Oh thanks Gloria! Kauai is stunning, you’ll love it! Crossing my fingers you’ll get there soon!

    11. The quiz was so creative . I’m mostly C’s so I guess I have to plan for the Big Island . I would also love to go to Maui .

      1. Oh cool Keena! The Big Island is phenomenal! You could do a few days there then hop over to Maui, too. 🙂

    12. What a cool post! I am here for “all of the above!” We have only been to Maui and Oahu but plan to visit all of the islands when it is safer to travel again. Hawaii is definitely one of our favorite places in the world.

      1. Yes Ashlee – I agree it’s spectacular. Sounds like Kauai and Big Island are in your future!

    13. What a fun idea for a post! I’m “D” – Kauai for me! I’ve only done a tiny bit of research on Hawaii, but I always knew that Kauai would probably be the best island for my travel style – looks like I was right!

      1. Oh cool, Melissa! Kauai is my favorite of all the islands. I sure hope you get to make it to Kauai soon!

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