Hawaii is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States, and it’s no surprise why.
The state offers beautiful beaches, rainforests, and rich local culture. It may be easy to fall into tourist traps, but there’s plenty to see and do if you explore beyond your hotel.
Here are eight tourist traps on the Hawaiian Islands according to Quora users, and where you should go instead.
“Waikiki is basically the Times Square of Hawaii,” Quora user Bradley Ryan said. “It’s a fun place to visit, but it doesn’t represent Hawaii at all.
Renting a car is a must if you want to explore the islands.”
Instead of staying in touristy areas, Ryan suggested visiting an orchid nursery or getting certified and going scuba diving.
“There’s a lot more to Hawaii than hotels and staged luaus,” he added.
Skip the lines at the Dole Plantation and enjoy a classic Hawaiian dessert without the hassle.
“Shave ice is practically a native Hawaiian dessert itself — I’ve never had such good shave ice in my life,” Quora user Kat Li said.
Quora user Trenton Van Ooteghem recommended the Big Island for the most diverse landscapes among the Hawaiian islands.
“You want rainforest? Go east. You want sunny beaches? Go west. You want gorgeous valleys? Go northeast. You want volcanoes?
Go south, or central. You want beautiful giant rolling hills and ranch land? Go central. You want hikes?
They’re everywhere, whether you want to hike to a waterfall or along the coastline,” he said.