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Which island to visit?

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Which island to visit?

Last year we went to maui in December. But this year we would like to come back to hawaii. But are unsure of which island to go to. We are planning 10-14 days and was hoping to find a island with stuff to do and calm water.... Suggestions?

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1. Re: Which island to visit?

What are your interests? What did you like/dislike about Maui? All the islands are completely different and magical in their own way. If you look at the Top questions about Hawaii to the right, there is a Summary of Each Island that you can click on and read. A little more info would help to figure out which island you might enjoy more.

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2. Re: Which island to visit?

Yes, they are all different. Who is we? Couple or family? A few more details would be great . . . we all have our favorite islands. Do you prefer to stay on one island at a time? I do - but some folks like to split longer stays. :)

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3. Re: Which island to visit?

In December you will get high surf on any island. But that only happens on the north and west facing shores.

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4. Re: Which island to visit?

Early December is the least expensive time to visit Hawaii, and you'll find good availability most places. If you want to come over the holidays...get busy booking your rental car today, while you search for lodging.

Winters are often too cool and/or rainy along the north of Kauai and Oahu. The Kohala Coast has Big Island's sunny and vog-free beaches; you'd want to add a short stay in Volcano to see VNP. (Fly into one side and out of the opposite side.)

Maui has a good mix of natural and man-made adventures -- more than Kauai or Big Island. Oahu has the widest choice of all man-made attractions.

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5. Re: Which island to visit?

Welcome back!

Always count your nights, not your days.

When in December?

Are you flying in and out of Honolulu? Stay on Oahu! Tons of "stuff to do" - and beautiful calm beaches on the Windward side.

You do have time to visit both Oahu and Kauai - especially if you have 13 nights.

Pick up a copy of "Hawaii for Dummies," a highly-recommedned travel guide that covers all the Islands. And get good map as well.

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We as in a couple. We hopefully plan to go from the 13-27. We loved maui . We stayed in maui and flew over to pearl harbour for the day. It'd be best to stay just on one island. Do you think we would stay occupied long enough on the other islands? We just like seeing the sites, shopping, trying out restaurants, being in the water or just building a sand castle. We aren't big city people

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7. Re: Which island to visit?

Does Calgary have direct flights to Kaua'i? Or would you fly through Vancouver at that time of year? WestJet had direct flights to Kaua'i, Maui, Kona on the Big Island and of course, Honolulu on Oahu. But they are not daily. Even Maui doesn't get a daily flight with WestJet.

And yes, I believe that you can easily stay occupied on any of the islands for that length of time.

Kaua'i is quieter than Maui. You may want to stay in Poipu area in the winter though. Or return to Oahu and see more the historical sights there. Iolani Palace is wonderful, and there is the Bishop Museum, the Punchbowl, and climbing Diamond Head. Take a surf lesson on Waikiki!

Rent a car for the day and explore the North Shore. Check out the surfers there too. Lots of great beaches on Oahu!

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8. Re: Which island to visit?

With a good chunk of time, you might want to explore the Big island - so much to see & do! :)

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9. Re: Which island to visit?

The Big Island is good for longer stays because it's larger than all the other islands combined. You'll barely scratch the surface in two weeks. You can split your stay between west and east, it's really like two islands.

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10. Re: Which island to visit?

OK -- you do understand the November 27th is American Thanksgiving, yes? A major holiday and a major family vacation period in Hawaii. That whole week will be hopping, so unless you can slide your vacation earlier in the month - pin down flights, hotel and cars pronto.

Again - I would stick with Oahu. It has a vast range of activities on a relatively small Island. You will need a car to explore the Island. Many of the major activities are in Honolulu, though ... and the vast majority of accommodations are on Waikiki.