Some people go on vacation to relax, sitting on the beach with drink in hand, barely moving for the entire week. Not us! While we enjoy the beach (and tropical drinks!), our version of relaxing is to see what a new place is all about by experiencing all the local adventures in the area.
Hawaii is a haven for the fit, active, and adventurous, boasting more adrenaline pumping experiences then we were able to do in just a weeks time. Here are my opinion on the top 10:
10. Kite Surfing - Waikiki
This resort area is quite windy and therefore the perfect place to try out kite surfing! The day we were there, I tried signing up for a regular surfing lesson but the weather wasn’t cooperating. I now regret that I didn’t give kite surfing a try instead, as it looked like a lot of fun!
9. Snorkeling or Scuba Diving
With tropical fish and clear warm water, Hawaii is the perfect location to go snorkeling or scuba diving. Since we aren’t certified divers, we settled for taking a snorkeling tour on a Zodiac boat out to Kealakekua Bay in Kona on the big island. Other popular spots are Molokini Crater in Maui, which you can get to via boat, and Hanauma in Oahu, which you can get to right off the beach!
8. Cliff Jumping at Kaanapali beach in Maui
Located at the end of Kaanapali beach is a popular place to cliff jump, known as the black rock. You will fall past the lava rocks and into the ocean below. While we saw it in the distance from the resort area on the beach, we did not walk over and give it a try. If you are going to do this, be careful, as this is an inherently dangerous jump!
7. Hike into Kilauea Volcano - Hilo on the big island
Wait, you mean this is an active volcano, and I get to walk inside of it? Kilauea is one of the most active volcanos on the island. In fact, it is still spewing lava, although your hike won’t go near this as it emits dangerous fumes and heat. You can do this yourself or join an organzied tour, which I recommend to get some insight as to what you are seeing. Walking inside it feels like something from another planet, and you can even still see the steam rising from the ground. Read about our experience HERE.
6. Take a spin in an outrigger canoe
Formerly one of the oldest sports in Hawaii, today the outrigger canoe ride is available to tourists of all skill levels. You can purchase a ride on one in Waikiki for about $25 per person, and i’m sad we didn’t have time to try out this unique experience!
5. Learn how to surf
There really is no better place to learn how to surf than beautiful Hawaii. While Hawaii has some of the biggest waves in the world in spots, there are also many locations that are very beginner friendly. I took a lesson at Poipu beach in Kauai for about $75, and was standing up riding waves in no time! Read about my experience HERE.
4. Hike Diamond head
|Photo Courtesy of Hawaiiforvisitors.com|
3. Helicopter tour - Kauai
Kauai is approximately 80% uninhabited, with most of the land taken up by mountains, lush green forest, and waterfalls. What better way to see this island than from the air? The helicopter tour is pricey at about $200+ per person, but is completely worth it! We did it with sunshine helicopters, and had a great experience.
2. Zip Lining - Kauai
|ziplining not pictured - but this is beautiful green Kauai!|
If you want an even more active experience than a helicopter ride, Zip Lining is a great way to see the beauty of Kauai! There are a few different options available on the island, and we will be sure to do it next time we go back!
1. Mountain biking down Haleakala Crater
This was the best adventure of them all that we partook in during our Hawaii trip. You can sign up with a guide that will drive you to the top of the crater to watch the sunrise. Afterwards, you are given mountain bikes which you ride all the way down to the bottom of the volcano, ending at a beautiful beach! Make sure you know how to ride a bike, as even though it is a downhill ride, you can reach speeds of up to 30 MPH, so it requires some skill. You can read about our experience HERE.