Heading to the Hawaiian Islands? We’ve got it all sorted for you, from waterfall chasing to volcanic lava flows, Mai Tais to Coconuts, our Hawaiian travel guide is at your service fellow Companions.
Hawaii is known to holiday seekers for its magnificent landscapes and summer sunshine all year round. Whilst images of sunbaking, shopping and happy hour are conjured up at the mention of this tropical paradise, the opportunity to dive deeper into the beauty of the island lies at the tip of your fingers. If you want to get off your beach towel and explore the islands, then put on your hiking boots and come with us as we welcome you to a Hawaii away from the Mai Tai’s and hotel pools. Here’s our list of top adventurous things to do in Hawaii.
Fuel Up Before Your Adventure With a Quick Streetside Snack Stop
Adventures require energy, start each adventure with a healthy breakfast. You will find the most glorious streetside shacks on the islands of Hawaii. Sunrise Shack, set on Sunset Beach on the North Shore of Oahu opens at 7am. You can drive right up and order an organic bullet coffee & papaya bowls filled with superfoods. Also try: Haleiwa Bowls on Haleiwa, Hawaii and Da Poke Shack.
Do Go Chasing Waterfalls
With waterfall after waterfall here, you are sure to get lost in your own little slice of heaven. Waterfalls fall into the ocean below or create oasis’ in the middle of magical jungles. Whatever your taste in falling water is, you are sure to find your waterfall flavour in Hawaii. You can explore the 12 tallest and most epic waterfalls or hike along Kauai’s Napali Coast into a lush jungle to Hanakapiai Falls.
Watch a Live Lava Show
The Big Island, Hawaii
It’s about to get steamy in here! The Big Island of Hawaii is home to the largest number of active volcanoes. This hands down has to be one of the most energising, heart pounding experiences on the island. With a history set deep in the existence of the Gods and Demi Gods, you will find yourself in the territory of Pele, Goddess of Fire. Set at the edge of the ocean cliff, you can marvel as lava spews out into the sea creating a mass of red, orange and blue. If you’re adventurous, walk a few miles out to the base of the hill and watch as the lava slowly makes its way down the face in rivers of bright red and orange. Inside tip: Put on those hiking boots (don’t make the same mistake we did and wear Birkenstocks, fashion right?).
Go Surfing at Waikiki
There’s a happy history of surfing culture in Hawaii closely linked to Duke Kamehameha, and the heart of it all lies in Waikiki. Therefore, it’s pretty much a given that you have to strap on a leggie and give surfing a go at least once while you’re in Hawaii. Waikiki, on the island of Oahu, offers picture perfect waves for beginners through to pros. With warm waters and friendly waves rolling every few seconds, you will find yourself with pruned fingers and not wanting to exit the aqua waters. Surfboard hire huts line the beach, so you should find yourself enjoying the past time of King Kamehameha in no time. (*Leggie: Also known as leg rope. A rope device that attaches surfer to surfboard so that they do not lose their surfboard whilst surfing.)
Jump Into the beautiful under sea world
Go Night Swimming With Manta Rays
Swimming? Yep. At night? Yep. It’s not as scary as it seems, and the 5-minute fear of total blackness is totally worth the sublime experience of playing around with these beautiful birds of the sea. Float or dive deep below as they gracefully dance around you with their mouth open allowing plankton to slowly make their way into their belly in another worldly experience. These guys are gentle giants and if you dive to the bottom and rest underneath them, try not to giggle as your stare at their ‘smiling faces.’
Go Swimming With Sharks
Disclaimer: This is not for the faint hearted or those who still have childhood nightmares from Jaws. But if you’re like a few eager shark fanatics and see sharks more like the “Bruce” figure from Finding Nemo, sign up for a shark diving experience. You won’t regret it. There is plenty of options for viewing these creatures; from the safety of underwater cages or hard-core ‘jump straight in with a snorkel and a mask’ style. Swimming with sharks is so accessible and easy in Hawaii, you’d be silly not to give it a go. You will make buddies with them pretty quickly, and discover that there not as scary as they seem.
Drink A Mai Tai
After all of that adventure, you deserve it! Myth has it that the Royal Hawaiian Hotel serves the best Mai Tai around. The drink apparently originated in California in the 1930s but the rum-based drink is widely associated with the islands. According to Hawaii Magazine, Dukes Waikiki calls for POG (passion-orange-guava) juice, along with light Hawaiian rum and Old Lahaina dark rum in their recipe.
Here’s our 7 Essential Items to pack with you on your upcoming trip to the Hawaiian Islands!
- Compact Travel Camera
- Straw Sun Hat
- iPad / Kindle Tablet
- Snorkelling Kit
- Hiking Boots
- Waterproof Backback
If this guide to the Hawaiian Islands has you itching to get there, jump over to Hawaiian Airlines to book flights!
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