Best Things to Do in Hawaii
Have you always wanted to visit Hawaii? We can’t blame you. This idyllic state located 2000 miles west of the U.S mainland is home to the most striking nature sites in the world; including rainforests, black and white sand beaches, and even active volcanoes. If one thing’s for sure, you’ll be taken aback by the untouched beauty of the landscape and the warm and friendly locals – which are sure to make your trip one to remember.
If you’re heading to Hawaii shortly, here are some of the best things to do while there:
Water sports and activities
Are you a self-confessed adrenaline junkie? Hawaii is popular for a whole host of water sports and activities thanks to its expansive coastline – so you’re sure to find something that ticks your boxes.
You can try your hand at snorkelling, spend an afternoon whale watching, or ride the gentle waves of Waikiki beach on a surfboard. You may be familiar with the fact that surfing is a popular past-time in Hawaii – locals refer to it as ‘he’e nalu’ which was a spiritual practice to engage their inner vitality and strength with the Gods.
Hawaii Volcanos National Park
If you’re keen to see Hawaii’s stunning volcanoes, you simply can’t miss a trip to the Volcanoes National Park (otherwise known as ‘The Big Island).
In fact, it’s often a ‘to-do’ on many people’s bucket list, as there’s rarely the opportunity to get so close to an active volcano.
Any geology enthusiast will be hyped to see the steaming sulfur banks, walk across a hardened lava lake and even inspect ancient petroglyphs.
We’d advise you to take the 11-mile road trip to see the National Park in its full glory and make the occasional pit stop to get out and explore what most interests you.
Pearl Harbour USS Arizona Memorial
For those who have a keen interest in World War 2, the Pearl Harbour USS Arizona Memorial is certainly not to be missed. You’ll roam several historic sites and get first-hand information about the Japanese attack which took place on 7th December 1941.
During the excursion, you’ll take a boat trip to see the memorial – a tribute to mark the resting place of over 1100 sailors killed during the attack; and visit the impressive galleries which give further insight into what happened on that historic day,
The Hana Highway is a 64-mile-long stretch of road which connects Kahului to the town of Hana in east Maui. Now, we must say that this route isn’t for the faint-hearted – there are 617 hairpin bends and 59 one-lane bridges to maneuver – not forgetting the sheer drop along the whole route. However, the jaw-dropping sights of gigantic waterfalls and lush rainforest certainly make up for it.
If you’d prefer to be chaperoned, you could hop onto a private van tour, or rent a car and do the drive yourself. There are advantages to both – a van tour means you can simply sit back and enjoy the ride, while a self-drive gives you the chance to stop whenever you wish and even break up the journey with overnight stays.
Golfing enthusiasts will be in their element in Hawaii, as it is home to some of the best courses in the world. Regardless of which course you choose, you’ll be treated to breathtaking scenery and championship-worthy course designs that’ll be like no other you’ve ever played on. There are over 70 courses across the island in destinations such as Maui, Kaua?i, and O?ahu, so you’re sure to find one that’s perfect for you.
Spot sea turtles at Punalu’u Black Sand Beach
Located on the Big Island, Punalu’u Beach’s black sand is a stark contrast to the white sand beaches you may associate with Hawaii. The sand here derives from the volcano and is formed from lava erupting and touching the ocean before rapidly cooling down.
While here, you may be lucky enough to spot turtles nesting in the black sands, but if you do notice any, please give them plenty of space.
If you’d prefer to get up, close and personal with turtles, you could embark on a snorkel excursion at Waikiki to witness green sea turtles in their natural habitat.
Check out Hawaii’s very own ‘Grand Canyon’
Renowned as Hawaii’s version of the Grand Canyon, Waimea Canyon State Park is one of the most impressive natural sights Hawaii can offer. The canyon itself stretches about 10 miles long and is over 3000 feet deep, which makes it a great location for hiking; thanks to the spectacular views along the route.
However, if strenuous exercise isn’t for you, you can still appreciate the views by taking the most relaxed trail on the east side of the canyon.