When it comes to Hawaiian vacation destinations, it seems everyone generally heads to Oahu, while the other islands (Niihau, Kauai, Mokokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe, Maui, and the Island of Hawaii/the Big Island) are sadly neglected. This article isn’t meant as a slight to Hawaii’s most popular destination, though, because we get it. Oahu is home to Honolulu, the state’s largest city, and also its largest airport. Diamond Head — one of the most iconic volcanic formations in the world — is there too, and is visible from the white sands of Waikiki, one of the most famous beaches on earth. And then there are the waves at the Banzai Pipeline, the recognizable settings of numerous films and TV shows, and the historical Naval Station Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial.
Yet Hawaii still has so much more to offer, and it can all be experienced without setting foot on Oahu. Although we love our 50th state’s third-largest island, here are 10 reasons to skip Oahu on your next Hawaiian vacation.