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Itinerary Ideas for Specific Activities - Best of Hawaii
This section is designed to help you choose which islands to visit if you have a particular activity in mind. Granted, it wouldn't be a stretch to say that all the 6 major islands have all of these activities in one shape or form. We have used a mixture of popular opinion and our own personal research and experiences for compiling these lists.

green arrow A red star * is placed in cases where the difference in order is only slight and up for debate.
green arrow (s) indicates only available during certain seasons. Still, always check conditions & availability.

Best Nightlife
1. Oahu - Waikiki
2. Maui - Lahaina
3. Big Island - Kailua Kona
Best Hiking
1. Kauai - Na Pali Coast (s)
2. Kauai - Waimea Canyon
3. Big Island - Mt. Kilauea
Best Surfing (Advanced) (s)
1. Oahu - North Shore
2. Kauai - Hanalei Bay
3. Maui - Honolua Bay *
4. Big Island - Pine Trees *
Best Surfing (Beginner) (s)
1. Oahu - Waikiki
2. Kauai - Kalapaki Beach *
3. Maui - Launiupoko Park *

Best Windsurfing / Kite Surfing (s)
1. Maui - Hookipa Beach Park (advanced)
2. Maui - Kanaha Beach (beginner)
3. Oahu - Kailua Beach
4. Kaui - Anini Beach *
5. Big Island - Anaehoomalu Bay *

Best Scuba Diving
1. Maui - Molokini
2. Maui or Lanai - Lanai Coast
3. Big Island - West Coast
4. Kauai - Niihau (s)
5. Oahu - Waianae & Shark's Cove (s)
Best Snorkeling
1. Oahu - Haunama Bay
2. Maui - Kaanapali (Black Rock)
3. Kauai - Lydgate Beach & Tunnels (s)
Best Camping
1. Kauai - all over
2. Big Island - all over
3. Oahu - all over
Best Shopping
1. Oahu - Aloha Market & Waikiki
2. Maui - Lahaina
3. Big Island - Kailua Kona
Best Manmade Tourist Attractions
1. Oahu - Pearl Harbor
2. Oahu - Polynesian Cultural Center
3. Kauai - Guave Kai Plantation

Best Budget Eating
1. Oahu - all over
2. Big Island - all over
3. Kauai - all over

Best Hawaii Budget Accommodations
1. Big Island - Lova Lava Land Eco-Resort!
2. Kauai - all over
3. Oahu - Waikiki
Best 'Easy' Swimming (s)
1. Oahu - Waikiki
2. Kauai - Anini Beach
3. Maui - Kapalua Beach

Best Nude Sunbathing
1. Maui - Little Beach in Makena
2. Big Island - many locations
3. Kauai - Secret Beach in Kilauea
*Nude sunbathing is technically illegal in HI.

Best GLBT Scene
1. Oahu - Waikiki
2. Maui - Makena (Little Beach)
3. Big Island
Best Resort Areas
1. Kauai - Piopu & Princeville
2. Maui - Kaanapali & Kihei
3. Big Island - Kailua Kona
Best Driving Tours
1. Maui - Hana Hwy
2. Big Island - Crater Rim Drive
3. Kauai - North Shore
Best Pay-For Adventure Activity
1. Kauai - Fern Grotto Kayaking Trip
2. Oahu - Skydiving at Dillingham Airport
3. Maui - Bicycle down Haleakala Crater
Best Crowded Beaches
1. Oahu - Waikiki
2. Maui - Kaanapali
3. Kauai - Poipu
Best Exotic Beaches
1. Maui - Red Sand Beach (Hana)
2. Big Island - Punaluu Black Sand Beach
3. Big Island - Mahana Green Sand (s)
Best Nature Experiences
1. Kauai - Na Pali Coast
2. Big Island - Kilauea Volcano
3. Maui or Lanai - whale watching (s)
Best Rainforest Areas
1. Maui - Hana
2. Kauai - Hanalei *
3. Big Island - Hilo *
Best Volcano
1. Big Island - Kilauea
2. Maui - Haleakala
3. Big Island - Mauna Kea *
4. Oahu - Diamond Head *
Best Wedding Spots
1. Kauai - Fern Grotto
2. Maui - all over
3. Big Island - Anaehoomalu *
4. Oahu - Waikiki *
Best Solitude
1. Lanai
2. Molokai
3. Big Island
Best Weather
1. West coast of all islands

Disclaimer: Please realize these lists are meant only as an initial guide for planning and ideas. You should always do independent research to determine if certain activities are still available and available during the time of your visit. Water conditions especially change throughout the year and even daily so care should be taken to consider conditions before embarking on any water activity.

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