Which Hawaiian island is for you?

The travel itch is so real right now. With most of us being in lockdown for months in end, there is an urge to travel albeit to safe destinations. While local roadtrips or state-cations are still the most popular kind of trip right now, I am so ready for a real tropical trip!

Hawaii is opening in September 2020! 

Hawaii is certainly the easiest domestic tropical island destination to get to from California or from anywhere in the west coast and I have been patiently waiting for when the beautiful islands would open up to tourists, without requiring a 14 day quarantine. The state of Hawaii recently announced that starting September 1st, travelers who test negative for coronavirus no more than 72 hours before arriving in Hawaii will be able to avoid the state’s mandatory quarantine. Besides the negative COVID-19 test, travelers also need to fill a travel form, answer some health screening questions, and are subject to temperature check at the airports. I am honestly glad that the rules to enter are this strict so that hopefully Hawaii can keep the islands and their residents safe from COVID-19. If you ever plan a trip to Hawaii, I urge you to try to self isolate before your trip (preferably 14 days prior) but especially from after you take your test to when you leave for your trip. And of course please wear a mask and practise all the essential health guidelines during your travel. What do you think of the news? Would you plan a trip to Hawaii?

 

Which Hawaiian island is for you? 

With the 4 main islands to choose from – Hawaii really has something to offer for every single traveller. Whether you are looking for adventure, leisure, wellness, culinary experiences, or more – choosing the right Hawaiian island/s id the first step in planning your tropical getaway. Having been to Hawaii multiple times I can tell you each island has its own unique vibe! Every island is diverse and beautiful in its own way. If you need any inspo for now or for the future here are my travel guides from the 4 main islands of Hawaii + why I love each one of them.

MAUI :

If the no 1 priority in your vacay is beautiful beaches – I would pick Maui among all the Hawaiian islands. Handsdown my fave Hawaiian island is Maui! It holds a special place in my heart as we went here on our honeymoon 8 years ago. We went back recently and fell in love with the island all over again.

Maui is also the perfect island getaway if you are looking for a luxurious romantic escape – it has tons of incredible resorts to choose from. Even though Maui is popular for honeymooners, it is also a greta island for families with kids.

Fave place to stay : Four Seasons Maui

Check out my full travel guide here.

 

BIG ISLAND 

If you love diversity and variety in an island – the Big Island is unbeatable! Infact, the island is known to have 10 of the world’s 14 climate zones – and without a doubt it is the most diverse destination I have been to in my life. The Big island of Hawai’i has it all from – unique beaches (black sand, white sand and green sand too!), active volcanoes, mountains, jungles, grasslands and even snow capped mountains (yes you read that right!). Our entire trip here was one epic adventure and I am dying to go back!

Fave place to stay : Fairmont Orchid and Holualoa Inn

Check out my full travel guide here. 

 

KAUAI 

If you love nature, epic hikes along with an authentic Hawaiian island experience – the garden isle of Kauai is for you! Kauai’s landscapes like the majestic Napali Coast are some of the most breathtaking and beautiful natural landscapesI have seen in my life. To me, Kauai felt the most “authentic” in terms of having a local island feel compared to the other 3 islands.

Fave place to stay : Koa Kea Resort

Check out my full travel guide here. 

 

OAHU

If you want a cosmopolitan island with the best of both worlds – a big city + stunning beaches ; Oahu would be your best bet. Its a great island for groups, families, couples, etc and has great dining, shopping, beaches, hikes and other attractions.

Fave place to stay : Turtle Bay Resort

Check out my full travel guide here. 

 

 

As a disclaimer it goes without saying that things can change at any point and if you decide to go on any trip going forward it would be best to assess it for yourself based on your situation – talk to your doctor, follow health officials guidance and research local and global travel restrictions before making any serious travel plans. Also if at all you decide to go, it would be best to self quarantine 14 days after you arrive back or get tested asap within a few days of arrival at your local health care facility.

Thanks for stopping by! xoxo

Jyo

 

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