The eight major islands - Oahu, Kauai, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Hawaii, Niihau (a private island off of Kauai that is restricted to it's native Hawaiian residents), and Kahoolawe (an uninhabited island off of Maui) offer a collection of beaches reflective of their topography and age. There is something for everyone among these islands. As the oldest islands in the chain, Kauai, Oahu, and Maui offer more sandy beaches than their youngest and largest sibling, Hawaii. However Hawaii, with its active volcanoes and extensive lava rock shorelines, possesses unique black sand beaches that originate with the lava shorelines and volcanic activity. The relatively tiny islands of Lanai and Molokai offer remote and relatively secluded beaches due to their small populations and limited tourist-traffic. Whichever island you pick, you'll find an assortment of activities ranging from the most peaceful to the most extreme. Fishing, diving, snorkeling, kayaking, windsurfing and kitesurfing, sailing, surfing, and bodysurfing are all very common activities here in Hawaii with varying levels to match your interests and desire for challenge! Read a little about each one below and search our beach vacation rental directory for that perfect Hawaii dream vacation. You won’t be disappointed!
In every way, a Maui Vacation is a family-bonding experience. The emphasis is on fun, and education, all provided by an unbeatable selection of outdoor activities, world-class attractions, resort programs, great activities and Native Hawaiian Cultural adventures! Maui has incredible natural diversity with microclimates ranging from rainforest to desert. But the island's relatively small size means most day trips are easy to handle even for families with small children. In fact, it is not unusual for a family to visit the 10,000 foot summit of Haleakala and snorkel on Maui's calm blue ocean waters on the same day! Virtually all of Maui is a natural classroom. And Mauians love to share their love of our natural environment with families. The second largest island is home to what some believe are the best beaches in the world, as well as Humpback whales who migrate off Maui's shores every winter. Wake up early to catch the sunrise atop Haleakala Crater. Stroll through historic Lahaina and learn about Maui's whaling past. Drive the long and winding road to Hana for spectacular scenery. Search the beachrentalsexpress.com directory for some great accomodations with great beaches and great views. Our owners want to make your dream vacation a reality!
The oldest and northernmost island in the Island chain is graced with dramatic, natural beauty. Outdoor adventures and romantic escapades flourish on Kauai. Explore the golden sand beaches of the Coconut Coast. See the massive Waimea Canyon, "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific." Take a boat ride to marvel at the towering cliffs of the Napali Coast.
Home to the state capitol and the majority of Hawaii's population, Oahu is a vibrant mix of natural and cultural wonders with the modern arts, entertainment, and amenities of the 21st century. See pro surfers charge the big winter waves of the famous North Shore. Learn about American history at the memorials and museums in Pearl Harbor. Soak up the sun and learn to surf yourself on legendary Waikiki Beach. Oahu's North Shore is the mecca of big wave surfing, and Sunset, Banzai Pipeline, Waimea Bay, and Haleiwa Beach Park are among the world's most famous surfing spots. Sunset Beach is one of the best sites and is also the home of major professional events such as the World Surfing Cup. In winter-spring time (Oct-May), waves at all these beaches can reach up to 15-20 feet (4-6m) high, generating dangerous water conditions, so the beach is for expert surfers only, but during the calmer summer months the beaches become excellent swimming places.
With almost half of its population being of native Hawaiian ancestry, Molokai is an island that has preserved its connection to the past and its love for the outdoors. Step back to a simpler time in the sleepy town of Kaunakakaki. View the verdant flora in Halawa Valley. Learn about the works of Father Damien at Kalaupapa Settlement.
Without a single traffic light, Lanai is a true island getaway for luxury, romance, and privacy away from crowds. Play golf at Lanai's two prestigious courses. See the rock formations at Keahiakawelo, "The Garden of the Gods". Off-road amongst the pine trees along Munro Trail.
HAWAII - THE BIG ISLAND
Bigger than all of the other islands combined, the island of Hawaii, or Hawaii's Big Island, is vast enough to hold 11 of the world’s 13 climactic zones—from sandy beaches to snowcapped mountains. See the waterfalls and seascapes off the Hamakua Coast. Snorkel, scuba, or fish off the Kohala Coast. View Kilauea, the world's most active volcano in Volcano’s National Park.