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Notable Islets and Offshore Islands in Hawaii

After the hours of research and staring at photos of Hawaii, you’ve become quite familiar with landmarks around the islands. Each island has its own distinct features that are famous and visitors from around the world seek these sites out to take photos and bring their vacation full circle: from daydreaming to finding the hot spots at their destination.

During your visit, you are going to want to find the offshore islands on whichever island you are visiting. These iconic islets and islands are easily spotted while driving around, or even from your hotel, depending where you are staying. In total, there are 137 islets around Hawaii, some of which are tiny and some of which are huge and known around the island for their shape or their features.

On Oahu, its no problem finding the most well-known islets while driving around or sitting on the beach. On the island’s windward side Rabbit Island and Chinman’s Hat reside, seen while driving around the South Shore and while heading up towards Kaneohe. Also on the windward side are the Na Mokulua islands, or “The Mokes” as they are commonly known. These twin islands are famous for their unique look, and have been featured in many photos and commercials, representing Hawaii in advertising, and even representing generic tropical destinations.

Off of Maui’s coast resides one of the most unique offshore islands in the world: Molokini. This snorkeling hotspot is famous for its crescent moon shape and can be spotted from just about anywhere on Maui’s west side and south side. The snorkeling at Molokini is second to none and is a great place to head to during the early mornings, taking you miles away from Maui for fun in the ocean. The Big Island’s most notable offshore island is Coconut Island, located in Hilo Bay. The island is accessible from Liliuokalani Gardens and can be reached via footbridge that connects the island to the mainland.

Finding iconic landmarks of Hawaii is so much fun for any vacation and after months of daydreaming about Hawaii, it will be a treat to find these locations in person. During your visit, head out on an island sightseeing tour to discover the famous offshore islands for the Hawaiian Island that you are visiting.

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