Discussion in 'Hawaii' started by vee, Aug 16, 2006.
Well since you've already tried Oahu, then I say give Maui a try! Not sure what kind of flights you looked into or how you've planned your route. You can make it to both islands! Inter-island flights aren't that bad in prices. So depending on how much time you have you can go to Oahu and see/do all that there is to see/do there then go Maui or vice versa.
I've only been to two islands, Maui and the Oahu, and seeing as how I never left the Honolulu airport, I'd have to recommend Maui!
Oahu- The most touristy of the islands and personally my least favorite but I'm not into the big city crowds when traveling. My favorite here is the North Shore
Maui- Beautiful Beaches, Exellent hotels, great out of the way destinations! just take a trip down Hana Highway! but be prepared for some rough roads.
My vote is Maui
Having spent time on just about every island in Hawaii, I'd have to say Maui. You will not be dissapointed by the gorgeous beaches; its sort of the idyllic Hawaii vacation in my opinion. Although Maui is small, you might enjoy the chance to not only stay at a nice hotel and hang out at the beach, but also take a tour of the whole thing. You learn a little more about local life, depending on the amount of time you plan to spend on your vacation.
There's a reason why the local saying is "Maui no ka 'oi" -- "Maui is the best." Oahu is certainly my least favorite of the islands. While it doesn't lack for charm if you get away from Waikiki, most people tend to stay based there -- missing most of the point of what makes Hawaii so magical!
Maui truly is spectacular. While you've got touristy spots like Lahaina and Kihei, there are large portions of the island that seem virtually undiscovered. On the more-beaten path, the Road to Hana and sunrise/sunset atop Haleakala are musts. But if you want to get a little bit off the beaten path, try pitching a tent at Wai'anapanapa State Park and catch a full moon over the black-sand beach -- simply spell-binding.
Whether you're camping or staying at one of the swank Wailea resorts, you're going to fall for the place. Flights from Oahu on Hawaiian or Aloha go throughout the day, and if you can rouse yourself for a 5am departure, you can probably get a one-way flight for 40 bucks. (If not, you probably won't have to pay much more than $70 each way.) Easy and worth every last penny. Enjoy!
Now now....let's not *completely* cross off Oahu off the list. I know I'm completely biased, being that I grew up there, but like all of you have said, if you get outside of Waikiki, then it's ok. I'd have to agree, while Waikiki makes Oahu one of the less appealing islands, it still holds some great features.
For those that love to go outdoors, why not try the Diamond Head Trail? Yes, this is at the end of Waikiki but it is an amazing view once you've finished the trail. There's always Pali Lookout. Or how about Hanauma Bay? For more of the quiet beaches, try out Lanikai Beach in Kailua.
So, while I still think Maui will be a good change of pace, there's still lots to do on Oahu. Like everyone said, just stay on the outer ends of Waikiki.
It depends what youâ€™re looking for. If you looking for night life and shopping Waikiki on Oahu is the place to be. My first trip to Hawaii I stayed on Oahu both at Turtle Bay and at one of high rise hotels in Waikiki and I had a great time but now that Iâ€™ve experienced Maui I donâ€™t think I would go back. Personally I like being a tourist I just donâ€™t like being around gobs of them and I think thatâ€™s why Maui appeals to me.
Me and my middle aged friend two ladies going to hawaii first time,where should we go oahu or maui
Where did you go on your first trip? that might help you decide.
I'm for Maui, but if you already been there maybe you'd like to go to Oahu. Actually it depends on what kind of a vacation do you plan, are you into markets and stuff, are you the outdoor type, is a good hotel important for you, these kind of consideration are very important for the decision making.
We always stayed on Oahu for a couple days and then on to Maui. My wife loves the shopping on Waikiki, and we both love the beaches and stuff to do on Maui. We just moved to Hawaii this year and chose the Big Island. We hadn't been here for about 3 years, but fell in love with it. It has everything to offer. You can see so many different types of climate on the island from sunny-hot (Kona side,) to lush rain forests on the Hilo side. Check it out if you get a chance.
I would say definitely Maui, for me Oahu is too commercialised with tourists everywhere and unless you head to North Shore all the beaches are packed. I think Maui is more what you would associate with a paradise island with beautiful scenery and less tourists.
I prefer Oahu, but maybe it's because I like it when there's a lot of people around.
I personally would choose Oahu unless you want to go to a quieter place. Oahu has many attractions and shopping! Not to mention great eating and beautiful beaches! WAIKIKI!
I agree with your comments, I went to the Big Island last year and LOVED it. Just enough stuff to not get bored and low key and mellow and not too touristy and not alot of people.
I can't decide b/w Maui or Kauai this year in summer. Ive heard the weather on Kauai is not as sunny.
Any one have any opinions or suggestions?
@MXX: It all depends what you are hoping to do, but summer isn't the best time to be in Hawaii to be honest. Either way, the best way to make the right choice is to look at it like this... Maui is basically a cross between Oahu and Kauai; while Kauai is a cross between Maui and Hawaii.
If I had to choose I'd choose Maui because the restaurants and nightlife is better, and the whale watching is amazing! I remember seeing the whales jumping out the water from our kayak rental in Kahana.
Also, the beaches and drives on Maui around both ends are beautiful, though the beaches in Kauai are miuch better than Maui in my opinion.
is Oahu better than Maui
I think Maui is better than Oahu, but if you're looking for a lively spot then my vote is for Oahu first as there is a lot more activities and stuff you can do day and night.
Having said this, Oahu is alot more crowded than Maui, which is slower paced and a better spot to chill and relax. By the way, there are things to do in Maui, just not as much as Oahu, and a decent nightlife with restaurant, bars, etc in Lahaina.
I live in Oahu and ever since I came here I haven't looked back once! Oahu is an amazing place with a great culture and people who will welcome you with open arms.
The Beaches are breathtaking and the scenery is amazing. I would say rent a car and drive the island. Drive up to Haleiwa/North Shore (you can stop by Dole Plantation on your way) and then drive all the way around Kaneohe, back to Honolulu (basically the circle tour). You can plan various stops on your way.
Oahu vs Maui
If you haven't been to Maui, I would recommend it. I just typed out a whole list of things to do on Maui in another answer. Check it out. There is plenty to keep you busy on Maui, although it is a more relaxed, resort type environment compared to Honolulu & Waikiki being more urban.
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