There’s no denying that Hawaii is one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Lush greenery, roaring surf, dramatic elevation changes — the island’s natural wonders are something to behold.
You’ll be treated to visual splendor wherever you go on the islands, and it’s hard to go wrong when making a list of the spots you want to visit. But if you can enjoy the beauty of Hawaii without being elbow to elbow with other visitors, so much the better.
Waikiki Beach, Diamond Head and The USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor are all terrific, but they’re also jam-packed with tourists. If you’re going to make the long trip to the Hawaiian Islands, you shouldn’t have to constantly fight the crowds. Sometimes the best way to enjoy the islands is to venture off the beaten path a bit. It’s great to get some beach time at Waikiki, but you should see some of the less obvious gems, too. Here are some less-trafficked places with magnificent scenery that will leave you in awe.