Hawaii’s scenery is some of the most stunning on the planet. Dramatic volcanic ranges, soaring ocean cliffs, and postcard perfect beaches meet teeming jungles. Enjoy the incredible natural wonders on a day tour or any of the many Hawaii activities available. Driving tours are a breeze on Hawaii’s well maintained roads. Plus, when you’re ready to relax, there are plenty of fabulous dining, shopping and resort experiences to choose from.

 

Nature loving Hawaii activities

 

Ride a mule along the world’s tallest sea cliffs to Kalaupapa National Historic Park on Molokai. The path leads to the historic St Damien’s colony and makes an unforgettable encounter.

If you love hiking, the islands have incredible national parks and scenic trails. For instance, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Hawaii Big Island with its moon landscape around Kilauea volcano’s active crater. Or climb to the top of Diamond Head near Waikiki Beach. Perhaps take in sunrise and the panoramic views from the from the summit of dormant volcano, Haleakala on Maui.

Hanauma Bay, Oahu (pictured top) is a snorkelling paradise. Or try a snorkelling and sailing tour on the spectacular Na Pali coast of Kauai. Adventurous visitors can get up close to the dolphins and explore sea caves on an ocean kayak tour.

Big Dave’s outrigger canoe tours to the reef off Waikiki Beach might become one of your favourite Hawaii activities. The canoes are big enough to take whole families. Guests have the thrill of paddling and catching waves with an instructor on board.

 

Surfing Hawaii

 

The birth place of surfing is a great place to take your first surfing lessonSunset Suzy on the Oahu North Shore offers family friendly surfing lessons in a cove that’s home to sea turtles. Surf shops across Hawaii offer boards for hire.

What’s more, the islands are famous for their surf spots. Oahu alone offers 30 different surf breaks within a few kilometres of Waikiki, and the North Ahore has 100 different breaks within 12 km. Not to mention the big name competitions. If you’re a fan of tow-in surfing, pencil in a visit between October and December. That’s when professional big wave competitions happen on the Oahu North Shore. Otherwise, try the island of Maui at Peahi, aka ‘Jaws’.

 

Living it up Hawaiian style

Honolulu city holds a one hour authentic hula concert at at the Kuhio Beach Hula Mound four evenings a week. Find a spot on the grass to enjoy the show. Visitors say the best and most authentic Hawaiian feast, or ‘luau’ is the one at the Polynesian Cultural Centre on the Oahu North Shore. In addition, the centre offers fun day time activities for learning about traditional Polynesian skills that are suitable for all ages.

For more urban style fun, Waikiki has a number of super sized shopping malls and cinemas, as well as the Waikiki Aquarium and Honolulu Zoo.

Also see our Hawaii Traveller Guide