Hawaii is the ultimate vacation destination with its lush vegetation and sparkling blue waters. This state consists of eight separate islands: the Big Island of Hawaii, Maui, Oahu, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai, Niihau, and Kahoolawe. Each island has its own defining characteristics and list of can’t-miss activities. Hawaii is a six-hour flight from Los Angeles and while many repeat vacationers have a favorite island they return to every time, travel between the islands is easy and relatively inexpensive. This allows a traveler to experience the excitement of multiple Hawaiian islands in one trip.

1. Snorkel

Snorkeling is at the top of the list for things to do in Hawaii, and people travel from all over the world to explore Hawaii’s reefs. Hawaii is home to majestic sea life such as the Hawaiian green sea turtle, moray eels, parrotfish, and the popular but difficult to pronounce humuhumunukunukuāpuaʻa. Take a day trip to Molokini by boat for some of the best snorkeling in Maui.

If you have room in your luggage, purchase snorkel gear at home and pack it for the trip. This ensures you will have quality equipment throughout your vacation and saves you money on overpriced rentals.

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