Things to Do in Hawaii
Interesting Things to Do in Hawaii…
Do not underestimate the puny size of Hawaii, for it offers a myriad of activities to engage travelers, regardless of their length of stay. Here are some of the recommended things to do in Hawaii.
Helicopter Tour over Kauai
Since most of Kauai’s land is inaccessible by foot due to the natural landforms such as Kawaikini and Mount Wai`ale`ale, the best way to see most of Kauai’s scenery is to take a helicopter. A helicopter tour gives you a bird’s eye view of not only the volcanoes, but also Waimea Canyon, Wailua Falls and Fern Grotto. Some companies that offer helicopter tours around the island include Air Kauai, Heli USA and Inter-Island.
Relax at Hawaii’s Beach
Deemed to be the one of the finest in the world, Hawaii’s pristine and immaculate beaches are a must-visit. The coastal regions of each island are surrounded by clear blue waters that are ideal for snorkeling, scuba-diving and surfing. If you are lucky, you can get close to several sea creatures, such as hermit crabs, sea stars, opihi (limpet) and small fish. Some of the most popular beaches in Oahu are Waikiki Beach, Ala Moana and Haleiwa Beach Park. In Kauai, there is Poipu Beach Park, while in Big Island there is Richardson’s Beach Park. This is definitely one of the best things to do in Hawaii.
Whale Watching Cruise
This is a popular activity among tourists and locals alike. From December to early May, humpback whales make their appearance in the waters of Hawaii for breeding and birthing. So, hop on one of Hawaii’s luxury cruises to witness these spectacular giants in action at sea. The best place to whale-watch is the waters between Maui and Lanai. Cruises that ferry visitors between islands include Princess Cruises, Cunard, Royal Caribbean International and Norwegian Cruise Lines
Snorkel at Molokini
Located 2 miles offshore from South Maui, the Molokini is surrounded by crystal clear waters that are excellent for snorkeling. Here, you can swim with various marine life, such as the Milletseed butterfly fish. A boat trip from Makena is necessary in order to reach the marine sanctuary.
For golf-lovers, you will be delighted to know that there are many suitable places to strike a golf ball in Hawaii. Some renowned golf courses include Makaha Resort & Golf Club in Oahu, Poipu Bay Golf Course in Kauai, Ka’anapali Tournament Course in Maui and Mauna Kea Golf Course in Big Island.
Shop at Waikiki
If outdoor activities are not for you, then head indoors to the endless shops in Waikiki for good bargains and unique purchases. From the upscale Ala Moana and Royal Hawaiian Shopping Centres to the funky International Marketplace, Waikiki in Oahu is a shopper’s paradise. Some special products to get include Alohawear, Kona coffee beans, macademia nuts, and coconut frond hats.
Attend a Luau
A Luau is a Hawaiian feast, encompassing both traditional food and entertainment. Food, such as poi (taro paste), laulau (leaf-wrapped meat or fish bundles), kalua pork, pipikaula-style spare ribs, lomi-lomi salmon and beer are usually served. Entertainment usually comes in the form of Hawaiian music and Hula dances.
For the adventurous, Kauai is a great place for hiking. Take a trip down to the breathtaking twin streams of Wailua Falls. If you are lucky, you can see rainbows in the mist as the waters gush into the pool 24 metres below. Then, walk further downstream to Fern Grotto, one of Kauai’s most popular tourist destinations. If you are ready for more adventure, head to the top of Waimea Canyon, the ‘Grand Canyon of the Pacific’ from which the view is often spectacular.
Last but not least, go kayaking along the waters of Kailua Bay, where you can get a close-up view of the sea and the surrounding landscape. As you paddle through the waves, look out for interesting sea creatures that inhabit the area. Kayaks and equipment may be obtained from Kailua Sailboards & Kayaks.