Hawaii is actually made up of eight islands , but Niihau and Kahoolawe are both off limits to tourists without special permission and permits. Now we move onto Oahu , home of Honolulu and Waikiki Beach, and Hawaii (the Big Island ), home of five volcanoes, three of which are active.
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Maui vs Honolulu : The Verdict Honolulu is the most populated and developed island and is famous for its spectacular beaches and great waves. On the other hand, Maui is a great choice for those who want to enjoy beautiful beaches and also spend some time snorkeling and hiking.
Hawaiian, along with English , is an official language of the State of Hawaii.
That being said, it’s no secret why Honolulu is often ranked in the Top 3 Most Expensive Cities in the U.S. According to a study by the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center in 2019, Hawaii has the highest cost of living in the nation with an index of 191.8.
Hawaii is one of the most- expensive areas in the United States, and the cost of food and lodging is notably higher than that of most other states. In Maui, travelers can expect to pay somewhere between $10 and $15 for breakfast, anywhere from $15 to $30 for lunch and considerably more for dinner.
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Maui costs more for the nice hotels, so if you want to save money go to Oahu . Maui is my favorite of the two because it’s more laid back, but not boring either. If you go to Oahu , make sure to venture away from Waikiki beach to get the true Hawaiian experience. Both islands have a lot to offer.
Aside from a gorgeous coastline, Maui offers lush rainforests, farm-to-table dining and world-class golf. Overall, Maui offers more in the way of resorts, traditional beachfronts and nightlife compared to the Big Island . The landscapes are also a bit more predictable than the Big Island .
If you’re only going to be on the island for a few days, Waikiki is the easiest place to stay . The north shore and Kailua are by far better places to stay to get a true feel of Oahu , but apart from Turtle Bay Resort on the north shore, that means you’ll be staying in a bnb or vacation rental.
Oahu is very worth it ! There are many places you can stay, and the island of Oahu is beautiful. Waikiki is very touristy, but it’s a fun place to stay also. From there you can visit the whole island.
If your looking to for a nice long uninterrupted tropical vacation stay a little longer on the surrounding islands of Oahu but at a minimum stay at least 4 or 5 days per island.