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Breakfast is often called the most important meal of the day. This meal is often heavily connected to a country’s traditions and can tell you much about it. Breakfast around the world offers a window into different cultures and regional variations. While breakfast around the world may not be the rich, heavy meals they once were, they are still an important way of getting your day started off right. To explore this, here are 35 delicious breakfast food ideas and breakfast dishes around the world: 35 Delicious Food Ideas For Breakfast Around The World Whichever part of the world we are in, the first meal of the day (breakfast) is very important. While in some places the first meal of the day may be special with varieties to choose from, in other parts it may be just like any other meal. Just like the people who eat them, they come in different shapes and sizes. So here’s a list of delicious spreads of breakfast around the world. 1. Brazil Breakfast is not the biggest meal of the day in Brazil. It is more of a simpler meal compared to any other part of the world. This is reflected in the Portuguese word for breakfast, café da manhã, which literally means “morning coffee”. The most important part of the morning ritual is a cup of strong coffee. Strong coffee is usually accompanied by dishes like pão de queijo (cheese-flavored rolls), ham, cheese, pao frances (small loaves of bread eaten with butter), fruits like papayas or any other seasonal fruit. 2. Cambodia A popular Cambodian breakfast is kuy teav which has taken great influence from Chinese cuisine. This rice noodle soup is made with pork or beef broth, along with shallots, garlic, and herbs. Other ingredients like bean-sprout, vegetables, dry onion are added to make the dish tastier. It is served with pork or fish balls, chili paste, soya sauce and half a lime. Also read: 13 Cambodian dishes you must try. 3. China China being a large country, breakfast can look different from region to region. With vegetables, meat and noodles included in the breakfast menu, breakfast in China is a lot like eating lunch or dinner. It consists of noodles, rice, sticky chicken, fried veggies, dim sums, steamed buns, and hot soups like congee. However, one common feature is fried dough sticks (called you tiao), which are meant to be dipped in warm soy milk. 4. Colombia If you are exploring breakfast food ideas, there are many regional varieties to Colombian breakfasts. However, two popular dishes are arepas (dense, slightly sweet corn cakes) served with butter, or eggs, meat, and jam, and the changua (an egg, cheese, and milk soup). Beans and rice are everyday items for dinner, so the leftovers are reheated and served with arepa and changua for breakfast. A traditional Colombian breakfast also calls for a strong cup of coffee to kick start a busy day. Also read: Amazing traditional Colombian Dishes you must try. 5. Costa Rica For the people of Costa Rica breakfast is the main meal of the day, so finding a grab-and-go breakfast can be difficult. The most popular breakfast in Costa Rica is gallo pinto. It is made with leftover rice stir-fried with black beans, red pepper, and onions. It is topped with salsa and sour cream and served with eggs, avocado, cheese, sausages or tortillas. 6. Denmark Breakfast in Denmark, like most Nordic countries, is light, fresh and simple. It is usually an open-faced sandwich covered with various spreads, sometimes accompanied by a pastry. The base is usually rye bread, which is covered with everything from cheeses, cold cuts, pâté, honey, jam, vegetables, hard-boiled eggs, and even chocolate. Other popular breakfast dishes among the Danes are cereals and porridge. Danish breakfasts are always paired with a cup of hot coffee or tea. 7. Egypt An Egyptian breakfast is not complete without ‘Ful’. Ful medames is the most popular breakfast item that’s made with fava beans and chickpeas stewed and spiced with cumin, parsley, onion, lemon, and chilli. It is served with hard-boiled eggs, diced veggies, or a piece of pita. The traditional breakfast is packed with nutrition and gives a great start to the day. It is always served with an ancient Egyptian flatbread called the baladi flatbread. Also read: 11 things you must not miss while in Egypt. 8. France A French breakfast is not usually heavy, they generally like to start the day with simple food. It usually consists of coffee or tea or fresh juice along with bread and butter or pastries and croissants. Salty foods (like meat and eggs) are not often eaten, making place for the richer dishes to be eaten for lunch and dinner. Butter is the most important ingredient in French breakfasts and are used in both sweet and savory dishes. Also read: French food customs to keep in mind. 9. Germany A traditional German breakfast, or frühstuck, is a simple affair. It often consists of an assortment of fresh bread, sausages, cold sliced meats, local cheeses, butter, and jam. This is washed down with coffee, milk, or tea. However, in the German state of Bavaria, a common breakfast is white veal sausages with sweet mustard, pretzels, and beer (Weisswurstfrühstück). Breakfasts in Germany are not a very social affair as you will hardly find people talking while eating. 10. Greece Greek and Mediterranean breakfasts are made up of various dishes. The most popular are savory pies (such as spanakopita) or kagianas (scrambled eggs with tomatoes and feta). This can be accompanied with yoghurt with honey and walnuts, pastries, bread, and cold cuts. In Crete, a full breakfast has olives, cheese, tomatoes, cucumber, yoghurt, bread, paximadia, honey, hard-boiled eggs, orange juice and coffee or tea. A wholesome Greek breakfast is always high in nutrition and provides good energy. Also read: Delicious authentic Greek food to try. 11. Hungary Hungarians mostly prefer sweet and savory dishes instead of spicy meals for breakfast. A typical Hungarian breakfast very often consists of pogácsa, a focaccia-like bread that can be stuffed with potatoes, ground beef, or cheese. Different ingredients can also be sprinkled on top before baking. Hot drinks like a cup of tea, coffee, or milk are often a part of breakfast. 12. India Breakfast cuisine in India varies hugely depending on the region but South Indian breakfasts commonly consist of idlis (fermented rice and lentils steamed to form a soft cake) or dosas (similar to crepes or pancakes but made with fermented batter usually with rice or black gram) with sambar (a vegetable stew) and chutney. Other common breakfast items are poha (flattened rice) and upma (a savoury dish made from semolina). In North India, breakfasts may include various parathas, aloo-puri, and other dishes. 13. Iran A staple of a traditional Iranian breakfast is varieties of flatbreads (such as barbari, noon-e sangak, lavash, or noon-e tâftoon), served with butter, fruit jams, honey, heavy cream, feta cheese, cucumbers, tomatoes, and walnuts. However, other breakfasts, which require more preparation, are omelettes, kaleh pâcheh (a stew of lamb’s head and hoof), haleem (thick wheatmeal porridge with meat), and adasi (lentil soup). This is accompanied with tea, and much like Italians who have cappuccino just with breakfast, Iranians have chai shirin, tea with granulated sugar, only at breakfast. (Throughout the day, other sweeteners like sugar cubes, dates, or raisins, are used). 14. Israel Israel is known for its kibbutz breakfast of various dishes like breads with a variety of cheeses, omelette, tuna, olives, butter, jams, salad and spreads. However, another popular dish the Shakshouka (eggs poached in a tomato sauce) is the most easily identifiable Israeli breakfast item. Plenty of fruits, vegetables and juices, completes the breakfast spread. 15. Italy An Italian breakfast, much like the French and Spanish, is very light. They tend to stick to simple uncooked breakfasts like bread, butter, and jam. Consisting of a cappuccino e cornetto, or a cappuccino and Italian croissant, or biscotti. Many households serve delicious pastries or pancakes alongside Italian coffee. Also, like the French, it allows for the more heavy meals eaten for lunch and dinner. 16. Jamaica Jamaicans often eat a savory dish of ackee and saltfish in the morning. It is also the country’s official national dish. Ackee is a fruit that looks like scrambled eggs when cooked. It’s served with salted cod, onions, tomatoes, spices, rice, and fried plantains. They also serve porridge made of grated banana or plantain simmered with milk, vanilla, and sweetener. 17. Japan A typical breakfast in Japan is a nutritious affair that is mistaken for lunch or dinner because it has everything from rice to veggies and soups to salads. Traditional Japanese breakfasts (known as wafuu breakfast) are made up of many little dishes. These include rice, miso soup, sticky soybeans, nori seaweed, pickled vegetables, and fish or omelettes. Dishes like tamagoyaki are served both for breakfast and lunch here. 18. Korea Korean breakfasts are very similar to their lunch or dinner, much like in China. So the leftovers from dinner the night before are eaten as breakfast the next day. Isn’t that a great idea! There is usually a bowl of rice, vegetable soup, some fish or beef, and a plate of kimchi which is a traditional spicy pickled cabbage. The side dishes are too many even to count. Some like to pick food from the street food breakfast carts that are truly delicious. 19. Lebanon Lebanese breakfasts often consist of a combination of various staples. These include flatbreads (manakish) covered in zata’ar, creamy labne, cheese, tomatoes, olives, eggs, foul mudammas, shakshuka, tea, and savoury pastries called mouajanet. Manakish also called the "Lebanese pizza” is the most favorite Lebanese breakfast and no breakfast is complete without this crispy flatbread. It is so famous throughout the middleast that it’s eaten not just as breakfast but also as brunch or lunch. 20. Mexico Breakfast in Mexico is a hearty meal which consists of dishes like chilaquiles (fried tortillas topped with green or red salsa, refried beans, and shredded chicken, or even leftovers). Huevos rancheros (traditional Mexican eggs) is another popular choice. Some opt for the simpler meal such as a churro which is a deep fried dough topped with sugar and cinnamon. It is generally served with coffee or hot chocolate. 21. Morocco Moroccan breakfasts are often sweet, consisting of bread and semolina pancakes with some chutney, jam, cheese or butter, honey, eggs, olives, and dates, as well as Turkish coffee and mint tea. The simplest of them all is a khobz bread with a drizzle of olive oil and a cup of hot tea. For a more indulgent breakfast, people use a popular flatbread called msemmen with butter and honey. This way or that, a traditional Moroccan breakfast is quite a simple affair. 22. Myanmar via tastingtable.com Myanmar’s most iconic breakfast dish is the mohinga. Also the country’s national dish, this comforting rice noodle and fish soup is flavored with lemongrass, fish paste, ginger, onions and chickpeas. It is served at roadside stalls across the country and has many regional variations. Another popular breakfast snack in Myanmar is the Kaung Nyin Paung which is a steamed glutinous rice seasoned with sesame salt. This dish is available in ready to eat packets as a quick and easy meal. 23. Netherlands People in the Netherlands usually eat slices of buttered spiced bread (ontbijtkoeken) topped with various things like ham, cheese, jam, eggs or hagelsag (sweet, flavoured sprinkles). Cereals and fry-ups (called een uitsmijter), ham/cheese sandwich and sweet spice cake are also common breakfast items that people in the Netherlands like to start their day with. Also read: Typical Dutch dishes to try when in the Netherlands. 24. Nigeria Breakfast in Nigeria differs based on region, community and tribe. However, a popular dish is Ogi and Akara (cornmeal and bean cakes) often accompanied with yam, fried eggs, and fried plantain. There is also the spicy moin-moin which is paired with akamu, a sweet and creamy cornmeal custard. This sweet and savory combination is another most popular breakfast dish in Nigeria. 25. Pakistan In Pakistan (and parts of North India), a common breakfast is stuffed parathas (flatbread stuffed with various vegetables, usually potatoes and cooked) eaten with butter, yoghurt, and pickle. Another popular dish is aloo-poori (potato curry with fried dough), or halwa-poori (poori with a sweet mixture). Nihari (a spicy meat curry) served with naan is also eaten. They are served with coffee or tea. 26. Philippines Unlike in other places, breakfast in the Philippines is usually the largest meal of the day. It often consists of fruit, pan de sal (bread rolls), and hearty rice dishes like tapsilog (rice with dried meat and eggs) or little sausages, known as longganisa, which can be fried with garlic, eggs, meats, and beans or hotsilog (hot dog with rice), and spamsilog (spam with rice). As long as it's rice for breakfast, Filipinos don't care about what they eat. All the breakfast dishes require basic cooking skills and are easy to make. 27. Poland Traditional Polish breakfast is often jajecznica, scrambled eggs topped with kielbasa (sausages) and potato pancakes. It may also feature an open sandwich, topped with a range of ingredients like cold cuts, cheese, sausages, or eggs. During spring and summer time they increase the intake of fruits and veggies. For people who want to begin the day on a sweet note, donuts filled with jam and honey with fresh bread and rolls are great options. 28. Russia Russians often start their morning with a hot cup of coffee or tea. The most popular type of breakfast is made of eggs. It could be either a boiled egg, scrambled, fried or an omelet. Another popular Russian breakfast is small girdle cakes. They come in many varieties like the cheese-stuffed syrniki, the crepe-like blini (made with kefir), and the fluffy oladi. These are often served with soured cream, honey, jam or fresh berries. 29. Singapore Singaporean food is inspired by various cuisines, such as Malaysian, Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, and European. So, their breakfast food is a mixture of all of these. However, one of the most popular breakfast foods is kaya toast. This sweet sandwich is made with white bread spread with butter and kaya jam, a Southeast Asian spread made of coconut, egg, and sugar. 30. Spain A popular Spanish breakfast is the Pan a la Catalana, or Pan con Tomate. Originating in the Catalan region they consist of bread rubbed with garlic and tomato drizzled with olive oil. This can be topped with cheese, ham, or sausages if required, and is served with café con leche. Other popular Spanish breakfast foods include pastries, churros and sandwiches. Finally a coffee or tea or some fresh juice to flush it all down. 31. Sweden Swedish breakfast also often consists of Nordic open sandwiches covered with cold cuts, fish, cheese, or vegetables (knäckebröd). However, another popular dish is pannkakor. These thin crepe-like cakes are usually topped with sweet fruity fillings made with cloudberries or lingonberries. Porridge made mostly of oatmeal, yogurt either natural or flavored or fil, a kind of cultured buttermilk are other breakfast options in Sweden. 32. Turkey When it comes to breakfast, Turkey is a country that has endless options. A classic breakfast consists of bread, cheeses, olives, cucumbers, tomatoes, spicy Turkish sausages, honey, jams, omelet, and fruit. This is accompanied by baked dishes like börek (filled phyllo pastry) and served with delicious Turkish tea or coffee. For a lavish breakfast spread, try “Kahvalti” which has something for every pallet. Also read, 11 delicious Turkish desserts that are not Baklava 33. United Kingdom The famous British fry-up, popularly known as a full English breakfast usually includes eggs, sausage, thick-cut bacon, beans, mushrooms, tomatoes, hash browns, and toast. Regional varieties include the Scottish breakfast which has added black pudding and haggis and the Irish breakfast which has white pudding and soda bread. Whatever version, it is often accompanied by a cup of tea. 34. United States Different types of breakfast food. The contrasting textures, sweet and salty flavors makes US breakfast as diverse as its landscape. Much like the full English breakfast, American breakfasts usually include eggs, crispy bacon, hash browns and toast. This can be accompanied with thick, fluffy, pancakes and maple syrup. There are any number of variations and combinations of these dishes, though they are often accompanied by orange juice. 35. Venezuela Thanks to Venezuela's breakfast ingredients like starch, meat, fruit, and cheese that will keep you full until dinner. A typical breakfast in Venezuela is arepas (flat corn cakes). As with many other countries, arepas accompany most meals. For breakfast, they are fried or baked and topped with cheese, ham, chicken, pork, or fish. Another popular dish is empanadas (pastries filled with fresh cheese, minced meat or any combination of veggies and beans). Also Read: Fascinating tea traditions from around the world. Of course, these are just a few of the many dishes that serve as breakfast around the world. Which is your favorite breakfast? Be sure to share them in the comments below. Some FAQ’s On Breakfast Around The World Why is it named breakfast? The word breakfast says it all, “break” means - breaking the period and “fast" means - to go without food. When we combine both together it means - breaking the fast. Ideally it signifies the act of breaking the fast that was observed since you went to sleep the previous night. How many types of breakfast are there in the world? There are around 9 different types of breakfast around the world: Continental, American, English, Italian, Indonesian, Middle East, Japanese, Chinese and Indian Breakfast. What is the world's No 1 healthy breakfast? Breakfast being the first meal of the day after a big gap of over 8 to 10 hours, is something that everyone looks forward to having. So it’s advisable to start your day with healthy foods that will provide necessary fuel to your body and brain. The best breakfasts should have carbohydrates, protein, healthy fats, and fiber, all in the right proportion. Avoid processed food and ingredients that have saturated fats. Which country has the healthiest breakfast? As per a survey conducted, Iceland takes the top spot followed by Japan at the second place and Spain at the third spot. Iceland’s healthy breakfast that consists of oatmeal, SKyr yoghurt, fruit, coffee and cod liver oil helped them gain the first spot. What is the best time to eat breakfast? As per experts, the best time to eat breakfast is within the first two hours of waking up. During this time your body will effortlessly break down food and release energy to keep you energized throughout the day. Make sure you do not delay your breakfast beyond 10:00am.
There are 137 islands that make up the state of Hawaiʻi. The six main islands in Hawaii are Kauaʻi, Oʻahu, Lānaʻi, Molokai, Maui and the island of Hawaiʻi. Out of these six, there are four that have historically been deemed the best islands in Hawaii to visit: Kauaʻi, Oʻahu, Maui and the Big Island of Hawaiʻi. Each destination offers an experience that is unique to their own county. I have been to two out of the four most popular islands: Kauaʻi and Oʻahu. My time on both of these islands has been nothing short of pure magic. And, with many family and friends that have gone to the other islands, I have become acquainted with the spots that are worthwhile to go to. In this article I will share the best islands to go to in Hawaii as well as what are the islands in Hawaii that are best to stay clear of. What Are The Best Islands In Hawaii To Visit Sea turtles are commonly found on the Hawaiian Islands Kauaʻi At the top of the list of islands in Hawaii to go to is Kauaʻi. This is the oldest island and therefore, in my opinion, a frontrunner for being one of the most beautiful islands in Hawaii, if not the most beautiful. After all, it is referred to as the “Garden Isle” because of its lush vegetation and scenery that is straight out of a movie. In fact, Kauaʻi has been the location of many famous movies such as Jurassic Park, Raiders of the Lost Ark and 50 First Dates. The Best Places To Go In Kauaʻi Limahuli National Tropical Botanical Garden The Ho’omaluhia Botanical Gardens in Oahu Sitting on the north shore side of Kauaʻi is a tropical oasis with some of the richest biodiversity in all of Hawaiʻi. The stewards of this land promote the conservation and replenishment of lots of endangered plant and animal species that live there. To do this, they use indigenous practices of tending to the land and its animal inhabitants. In this vast valley they also have archaeological sites, streams, meadows and the lands native caretakers. Visitors are allowed to come and visit the gardens on either a self guided or official tour. Ticket prices range from $25 for adults to $60 depending on the type of tour you choose. If you choose to participate in the group tour, you will receive extensive background on the history of the Garden and its caretakers. This includes learning about Hawaiian culture and customs, and the dichotomy between caring for the ecosystem using ancient practices in modern eras. Fern Grotto Shave Ice is a must have treat while in Hawaii This attraction is one of my favorites to do while on the island because of its beauty and uniqueness. This lava-rock grotto is adorned in ferns and other types of tropical plants and it looks like it was drawn up by an artist. The only way to get here is by a two mile boat ride up the Wailua River. Once you arrive, you take a short walk through the dense jungle that leads you to the grotto. Here you will be met with the strange yet breathtaking ferns that grow upside down from the top of the grotto and will be able to stand or sit on the platform beneath. From this vantage point, you are able to truly take in the wonder before you. Standing there admiring the beautiful gift that nature has given to us, will make it clear why Kauaʻi is one of the best islands in Hawaii to visit. Oʻahu This popular island is definitely one of the top islands in Hawaii to visit. If you are going to be hopping islands in Hawaii, I would say to make sure that Oʻahu is one of the spots you hit. If you are someone that likes a city vibe but also loves to have the option to go to the beach, this is the perfect place. Because Oʻahu is such a metropolis, there are many different ways to blend activities related to Hawaiian culture as well as incorporating those that are more mainland. Where To Go In Oʻahu Waikiki Beach Birds eye view of Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Oahu Here, there are options to surf, snorkel, paddleboard, tan, or (my personal favorite) lounge on a floatie in the water. With so many activities to choose from you will never grow bored of this area. This beach is the most popular within the chain of islands in Hawaii, and it’s for good reason. The waters are crystal clear, the sand is white hot, and there are enough restaurants and shops to keep you occupied when you want to escape the sun. Overlooking the strip of beach is Diamond Head, an easy to do hike that will give you awesome views of downtown Honolulu. From the top you will be able to see whales on the water (if you’re lucky), surfers ripping on some waves, and kids and adults alike playing on the sand. This is a fun and exhilarating way to experience such a beloved piece of Hawaiian real estate. For more information on what to do while in Waikiki, visit my Oʻahu article. You will see why I think Oʻahu earned its spot on the list of best islands in Hawaii to visit. Pearl Harbor I always think that it’s important to honor historical parts of a place during a trip. Therefore, taking a day trip to Pearl Harbor is one of the places I tell people to hit on their visit. It’s a short drive from Waikiki, only about 11 miles. The full significance of a place like Pearl Harbor is not able to be fully described in an article such as this. However, the memorial pays tribute to a pivotal moment in US history when an attack here lead the US to join World War Ⅱ. At the memorial, there is an orientation available at the visitor center upon arrival. There are also galleries that exhibit photos, written statements and explanations of what happened the day of the attack. Displays of equipment, clothing and other items are available for people to examine and learn from. The Pearl Harbor Memorial Theater is where visitors can watch a 23 minute documentary that details the events of the attack and what followed after. A remembrance circle nearby honors those that lost their lives. Finally, there is an option to take a Navy operated boat ride to the USS Arizona Memorial where visitors can stand on a large white rectangular structure on the water and look out at the ocean and think about the massive weight of the events that happened on December 7, 1941. The Big Island of Hawaiʻi A group of paddle boarders head down to the water in Kona, Hawaii If you are searching for volcanic islands in Hawaii, this is it. The Big Island of Hawaiʻi has four active volcanoes,the most out of any of the other Hawaiian Islands. This is because it is the youngest out of the main islands of Hawaii. One of the volcanoes, Kīlauea, which is the youngest and most active volcano, erupted almost non stop from 1983 to 2018. So it’s unsurprising that the Big Island is home to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. If you are fascinated by lava and volcanoes, then you will definitely think the Big Island is one of the best islands in Hawaii to visit. Mauna Loa This has long been considered the largest above ground volcano on Earth. Mauna Loa is Hawaiian for “Long Mountain” and long it is. Its peak is 13,100 ft above sea level! It is also considered one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Since the first time it was truly well documented in 1843, Mauna Loa has erupted 34 times. The last time it erupted in 2022, lava came less than 2 miles within the state route of Hilo. Gorgeous view of Rainbow Falls in Hilo, Hawaii Mauna Loa is managed by the US National Park System so there are trails that visitors are allowed to hike on the volcano. There are also different trails you can take and cabins along the way where hikers can stay for a few nights during their trek. To stay in these spaces you need to make a reservation and obtain the necessary permits. Due to the latest eruption though, and concerns for the safety of the visitors and the nearby wildlife, some trails are currently closed. You can check out the continuously developing state of these routes here. Punaluʻu Beach Surfing is a large part of Hawaiian culture There are a number of black sand beaches on the Big Island that are popular amongst visitors. Punaluʻu Beach is one of these and it’s situated between Pāhala and Nāʻālehu. The black sand is created from basalt and lava that has exploded and cooled from coming into contact with the ocean water. Right behind the initial line of sand along the coast sits a long line of picturesque palm trees. Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles are also commonplace here as they enjoy lounging on the warm sand. While swimming isn’t prohibited on this beach, it is strongly advised against because of the inconsistent topography of the ground underneath the water. Because of its close proximity to active volcanoes, there can be really steep shelves that drop off without warning and can be dangerous. Always use caution when going to a beach that you haven’t been to before, especially where there are no lifeguards on duty. Where Not To Go in Hawaii Ni‘ihau This one of a kind island is often referred to as the “Forbidden Island.” This is because, though it is just 15 miles off the coast of Kauai, only certain people are allowed on its shores. It was once owned by the Hawaiian Royal Family, but in 1864, Elizabeth Sinclair bought the island from King Kamehameha. It is said that as a condition of selling the island to Sinclair, King Kamehameha told her that the island had to preserve its traditional cultural customs. Sinclair’s descendants still own the island and today, there are about 200 inhabitants. No one is allowed to go to the island except for the family of owners, the native Hawaiians that live there, and some government officials and military members. Little development has been made on the island as well. There is no telephone service, paved roads, and up until recently, no electricity. Within recent years, solar panels were brought to the island and this is what powers the schools and some homes. The predominant activity of the villagers is hunting and fishing. The people that live on the island are able to come and go as they please, and so a number of people have chosen to move off of the island completely and relocate to places like Kauai. As times have begun to change, very few outsiders have been allowed to go to the shores through tours. Even still, they are kept away from the native Hawaiian people on the island so as not to disturb their way of life. Maui As I listed before, Maui is one of the main four islands for tourists. Maui has always been a very popular vacation destination amongst visitors because of its beautiful beaches, stunning foliage, and popular downtown area. In August of this year however, devastating wildfires rocked the island and burned down almost the entirety of the Lahaina, their downtown and much of the surrounding area. Many people lost their homes and their lives in this fire, and Maui has been in a very fragile state ever since. On November 1st, Maui declared that it would fully reopen to tourists, with the exception of Lahaina. However, a lot of people believe that this reopening is happening sooner than it should, and many locals fear for the impact that large crowds can have on their land that is trying to heal. For these reasons I do not recommend going to Maui during this time. The other three main islands, Kauaʻi, Oʻahu and the Big Island of Hawaiʻi are still wonderful options to choose from when thinking about a Hawaiian vacation. Conclusion Views while hiking the Nāpali Coast in Kauai Of course, the best islands to visit in Hawaii are relative to people’s interests. Because of their own unique aspects, every one of them has something special to offer those that decide to vacation there. Hawaiʻi has always been one of my favorite places in the world to visit. I highly encourage you to do some more research into which island is the best fit for you and your party. No matter which island you decide on, I’m sure you will not regret it. FAQs How many Hawaiian islands are there? There are a total of 137 islands within the state of Hawaiʻi, but there are six main islands, and four islands that are the most popular for visitors to go to. Which is the best airport to land in Hawaii? This depends of course on what island you are flying into. On the Big Island, there is an airport in Kona and an airport in Hilo. The one that is the best is dependent upon which side of the island you are staying on. On Kauaʻi, Lihue airport is the main one for international flights and flights to other states in the US. On Oʻahu, the Daniel K Inouye International Airport is the one that is used to fly in and out of. Should I visit multiple islands in Hawaii? Island hopping is a great way to experience a bunch of different island atmospheres during one trip. Flights between islands are a quick and easy option to do so. One time while staying on Kauaʻi, my dad and I flew over to Oʻahu to tour the University of Hawaiʻi. We flew over in the morning, spent the day on Oʻahu, and flew back to Kauaʻi that evening.
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