10 THINGS TO DO IN HAWAI'I
This central Pacific archipelago includes hundreds of islands and a diverse range of activities to enjoy. With huge waves, active volcanoes and a beautiful culture, Hawai'i will keep you busy and entertained. Here are 10 things to experience while visiting Hawai'i.
Whale Watching: The shallow Auau Channel between Maui, Molokai and Lani is one of the best whale-watching destinations in the world. Relax on Kanaapali beach where you can spot the whales breaching or slapping their tails and fins out in the channel. Want to get closer? Boat tours and kayak excursions will let you see this beautiful animals while staying a respectful 90 metres away.
Luaus: A must do for all first time visitors to Hawai'i. These traditional ceremonies are found on every island. Enjoy live music, dancing and story telling as you learn about Hawaiian and Polynesian culture, while enjoying a delicious meal.
See a Lava Show: Hop aboard a world-class catamaran to get close to the volcano fingers as they enter the sea. A well trained staff will make sure your boat is following safety rules. Tours run in the morning, during the day, at sunset and twilight.
Helicopter Tours: There are various tour companies that offer unique aerial journeys that allow you to view breathtaking Hawaiian scenery. From volcanoes and waterfalls to hidden valleys and majestic coastlines. A helicopter tour is an forgettable way to discover a Hawaiian island.
SUP (Stand Up Paddle Boarding): This activity originated in Hawaii and is a derivative of surfing. SUP is soothing and allows you to explore the waterways on your own terms. A great paddle path on Oahu is from Lanikai Beach to the Mokulua islands.
Horseback Riding Tours: Explore the coastline or venture along hidden trails on horseback. Most companies give you the option of a private or group tour. Want to see what life's like on a Hawaiian ranch? Take a tour of Ponoholo Ranch in North Kohala - one of the largest cattle ranches with 11,000 acres.
Ziplining: Need to shake things up a bit on your vacation? Head to the rainforest and experience the thrill of ziplining. You'll find zipline tours on Hawai'i, Maui, Kauai and Oahu.
Mauna Kea: This dormant volcano is a unique wonder to explore and erupted over 4,000 years ago. You can hike the summit, but be sure to stop by the VIS (Visitor Information Station) to check for weather and safety tips.
Snorkelling: With all the beautiful views from land, it's easy to forget that the waters around these islands are just as beautiful underneath. With a vast variety of colourful and unique tropical fish and coral just a few meters away from shore, you'll want to make time for a day in the water.
Which Hawaiian adventure will you add to your next visit?