As you probably already know Hawaii is a major tourist destination attracting millions of tourists from around the world every year. The four most visited islands of Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island each have busy resort areas where visitors can enjoy a wide variety of activities and things to do. But if you’re looking to avoid the hustle and bustle of these resort areas you will also find a good selection of off-the-beaten-path destinations in Hawaii.
The two islands of Molokai and Lanai are the least visited Hawaiian islands and therefore are the most remote in terms of peace and quiet. If you’re on a budget, Molokai is significantly more affordable than the privately-owned island of Lanai. On Molokai, you will find a good selection of affordable vacation rentals in Kaluakoi on the island’s western end as well as around Kaunakakai and Honouliwai and Kainalu on the island’s eastern end.
The island of Lanai is home of two five-star luxury resorts – the Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay featuring panoramic views of the Pacific and the beautiful white sands of Hulopoe Bay, and the Four Seasons Lodge at Koele, located in the middle of the island and surrounded by pine trees and lush valleys. Both resorts are ideal for a luxurious and tranquil vacation. Many visitors come here to play golf at the two world-class golf courses that are operated by the two resorts. If you stay here you don’t need to rent a car. There is a resort shuttle that runs between the Manele Bay Resort, Lanai City and The Lodge at Koele.
If you are headed to the Big Island of Hawaii you will find remote destinations all over the island (this island has plenty of room and everything is more spread out compared to the other islands). The most remote and affordable area on the Big Island is Ocean View. It is a small town located in the southern part of the island. The area is really very rural and most of the people who choose to live here are self-sufficient. There are only a few vacation rentals here so if you are planning the ultimate remote vacation on the Big Island you may want to consider Ocean View. A second option is the area around Kapoho in the Puna District, which is also remote, but within easy reach of some shops and restaurants in Pahoa.
The islands of Oahu, Kauai and Maui are popular vacation destinations so you will not find many remote destinations there. But if you have made your mind to visit one of them here are some insights for each island. Maui’s most preferred off-the-beaten-path destination is Hana, located on the east side of the island. Here you will find a luxurious resort and a few vacation homes. Other laid-back destinations on Maui are Haiku, Makawao and Kula located in upcountry Maui. If you are planning a quiet vacation on Kauai, you will find some vacation homes along the north and east shores of the island around Anahola, Wainiha and Haena. The island of Oahu is the busiest of all Hawaiian islands, but you can still find some vacation rentals along the windward coast, north shore and west shore of island offering privacy and tranquility.