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Which Hawaiian Island is the Prettiest?

Which hawaiian island is prettiest

Hawaii is a beautiful place with many Islands to choose from. So, which one is the prettiest? That’s a tough question to answer because they are all so different! Some people might prefer the lush green forests of Kauai, while others might prefer the dramatic black cliffs of Molokai. There is no wrong answer because each Island has its own unique charm. In this blog post, we will explore the beauty of all the Hawaiian Islands and let you decide for yourself which one is the prettiest!

Overview of the Main Islands

The first thing you need to know about the Hawaiian Islands is that there are eight main islands: Hawaii (also known as the Big Island), Maui, Oahu, Kauai, Lanai, Molokai, Niihau, and Kahoolawe.

Kona (The Big Island)

Kona is the largest and youngest island in Hawaii. It is also the most diverse island, with 11 of the world’s 13 climate zones! You can find everything from snow-capped mountains to black sand beaches on this island. There are also active volcanoes, rainforests, and even a petroglyph field!


Kauai is known as the “Garden Isle” because of its lush green forests. This island is home to Waimea Canyon, which is often called the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.” Kauai is also a great place for hiking, with over 50 miles of trails to explore.


Maui is the second-largest Hawaiian Island and it is often called the “Valley Isle.” Maui is home to Haleakala, a volcano that last erupted in 1790. This island is also home to the world-famous Road to Hana, which takes you on a winding journey through rainforests and waterfalls.


Oahu is the most populous island in Hawaii and it is often called the “Gathering Place.” Oahu is home to Waikiki Beach, Diamond Head State Monument, and Pearl Harbor. You can also find great hiking trails, like the Manoa Falls Trail and the Lanikai Pillbox Hike.

Lanai, Molokai, Niihau, and Kahoolawe

Lanai, Molokai, Niihau, and Kahoolawe are the four smallest Hawaiian Islands. Lanai is the sixth-largest island in Hawaii and it is home to the world’s oldest golf course. Molokai is the fifth-largest island and it is known for its dramatic sea cliffs. Niihau is the seventh-largest island and it is a private island that is only accessible by helicopter or boat. Kahoolawe is the eighth largest island and it was used as a military training ground until 1990.

What Makes the Islands Pretty?

Now that you know a little bit about each of the Hawaiian Islands, let’s talk about what makes them beautiful.

  • Landscape. Hawaii has some of the most diverse and unique landscapes in the world. From active volcanoes to black sand beaches, there is something for everyone.
  • Culture. Hawaii is a melting pot of cultures from all over the world. You can find everything from traditional hula dancers to Polynesian fire knife dancers on these islands.
  • The people of Hawaii are some of the friendliest people you will ever meet!

Our pick: Kauai

In our opinion, Kauai takes the throne as the prettiest Hawaiian island. It has a variety of views and terrain to see. Rocky coastlines, beautiful beaches, lush jungles,  and mountains and valleys. There is so much to see and do.

Kauai tends to not be as popular as islands like Maui and Oahu so you can fully enjoy what the island offers. Whatever you’re looking to see or do, Kauai has it.

Find the Best Boat Tours & Excursions on Kauai!

We at Kauai Sea Tours offer a ton of different ways to explore the beauty of Hawaii’s prettiest island. Whether you are looking to see the migrating whales or snorkeling off the shores during sunset, we can make it happen.

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