When you think about Hawaii, the first things that come to mind are sea, sand, and surf. With its generally tropical climate whose temperatures range from 24-310C during summer time, the beaches lined with palm trees it’s absolutely the perfect place to spend your vacation. Since it is mainly composed of islands, there are plenty of water activities and adventures for you to enjoy. Aside from the usual swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, and surfing there are also many other places to visit where you can experience Hawaii’s unique culture, with the most popular being its luaus and hula.
Suggested Spots and Activities
Maui, also called the “Magical Isle”, is the second largest Hawaiian island. It has more than 80 beaches. Here you can:
- Watch humpback whales on the coast of Lahaina, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. You may also visit the art galleries, Lahaina Prison, and the Pioneer Inn as you go through this place. Aside from these, you may also indulge in fabulous regional cuisines in Lahaina restaurants, and cultural shows at the Maui theatre.
- Enjoy nature. Hike to the summit of Haleakala National Park to see the sunrise and the beautiful tropical scenery or go horseback riding.
Kauai is the fourth largest Hawaiian island known as the “Garden Isle”. The name itself suggests an abundance of floral life that can be found in its tropical rainforests, some parts of which may only be viewed through helicopter tours. Thus, the highly recommended adventures on this island include:
- Touring the sky over the Waimea Canyon, Manawaiopuna Falls, and the Napali Coast where you can see cliffs and get a view of the Pacific Ocean.
- Experience a challenging 11-mile hike to the Napali Coast through the Kalalau trail.
- Zip line at up to 35 miles an hour 50-80 feet above ground across Kauai’s canopy at Kauai’s Backcountry Adventures.
- Get in touch with the history of the place by visiting some of its museums, such as the Kuai Museum and the Grove Farm Homestead Museum in Lihue.
Oahu, the third largest island in Hawaii, offers town and country experiences, being called the “Gathering Place” and known as having the most diverse population among all the islands.There is an assortment of activities that can be done here. Some of which include:
- Visiting the Sea Life Park and seeing dolphins, stingrays, and sea turtles.
- Shopping galore, indulge in great hotels and spas, and experience the nightlife in Waikiki or East Honolulu.
- Relive history by visiting the Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial. Enjoy culture and see Polynesian artifacts at the Bishop Museum.
- Taste fresh, delicious pineapples at the Dole Plantation
Molokai is considered “Hawaiian by Nature” because of its unspoiled beauty and culture, which contrasts with urban lifestyle. It is the fifth largest island in Hawaii where the highest sea cliffs in the world can be found. Most of the population is from Native Hawaiian ancestry so this is where you can truly get the feel of local culture. At Molokai, the best things to do are:
- Ride on a mule to Kalaupapa Peninsula and see the Kalaupapa National Historical Park.
- Be part of a cultural festival called Molokai Ka Hula Piko done every third week of May at the Papohaku Beach, one of the largest white sandy beaches of Hawaii, to celebrate the birth of the hula.
- See the cathedrals, or hidden places of worship, at Halawa Valley.
Lanai is another tranquil island in Hawaii that offers a unique set of exciting activities. Some of these include:
- Seeing a ghostly ship wreck on Kaiolohia.
- Going to a natural rock garden at Keahiakawelo, which also means Garden of the Gods.
- Visit Puu Pehe, or the Sweetheart Rock, between Hulopoe Bay and Manele Bay.
- Experience shopping, culture and arts at Lanai City.
Hawaii’s Big Island is where you can find Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, Maunakea, the tallest sea mountain in the world, Maunaloa, the most massive mountain in the world, and Hawaii National Volcanoes Park, the largest park in the state. If you’re planning a trip here, the best things to do are:
- Hiking in Hawaii National Volcanoes Park.
- Manta ray diving in Kona.
- Playing golf.
- Shop and dine in Big Island boutiques, shopping malls, resorts, or small towns.
- Experience cultural performances, musical events, and festivals.
Now that you’ve had a glimpse of what awaits you in Hawaii, what’s stopping you from hopping on a plane and getting there? Fill yourself with the warmth of the island, as well as of the people and culture, and have one of the greatest trips of your life.