Activities in Hawaii
Just about anything you ever dreamed of doing in the tropics is available in Hawaii. People return to Hawaii not just for the beautiful scenery, but also because of the many activities available while vacationing there.
There is a wide variety of visitor information and much of it is free. The activity industry in Hawaii is massive and much of the free information you will find is simply advertising paid for by the activity providers, even if it doesn't say "advertisement" anywhere on the brochure, magazine, web page, etc. There are many reputable providers, but there are also some that are primarily interested in making a profit by "processing" as many visitors a day as possible. So, you should be skeptical when looking at advertisements or talking to activity desks or activity booths in hotels or on the street. Some often "recommend" only companies that give them the biggest commissions.
The types of activities are numerous and we won't go into detail on this page about them. This section of the web site is updated frequently as we try out more activities on each trip.
from renting a bicycle to signing up with one of the companies on Maui
that take you from the 10,000 foot level of Haleakala down to sea level.
Camping is a low-cost alternative for those who love the outdoors. In a few locations there are also some cabins that you can rent for a limited number of days.
Fishing includes deep sea fishing as well as some fresh water fishing. We have heard that in Hawaii, the fish caught belong to the boat, which means the captain. If this bothers you, make arrangements with the captain before booking a trip.
Golf ranges from extremely expensive courses to low-cost public courses. The scenery can be beautiful, but the wind can be a disaster for the average player.
Helicopter rides are available on the four major islands. These rides are rather expensive, but the view is breathtaking. If you aren't afraid of flying, you simply cannot beat exploring the islands from a helicopter.
varies from very short 10 minute hikes off the road to see waterfalls,
etc. to hikes that will take at least two days to complete. Here are
Kayaking is one
of our favorite activities in Hawaii and deserves individual treatment. Check out
this link for more information.
Scuba diving around the islands can be incredible. Although we are not certified, we still enjoy going on introductory dives that consist of a short introduction and then a 30 - 45 minute off-shore dive.
is one of our favorite activities in the islands. Done properly, people of all ages can enjoy the rainbow colors of abundant fish and coral
almost effortlessly. Here are a few points to help you.
The Hawaii Beaches web page has links to the beaches on each island for locations to snorkel.
Surfing is almost synonymous with Hawaii. Hawaiians invented it and the North Shore of Oahu is famous for tremendous winter waves at Sunset Beach, the Banzai Pipeline, etc. However, for the beginner there are many places on the leeward side of the islands that offer one to three foot waves.
Swimming The islands are surrounded by beaches and the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean. You can find a perfect spot for either challenging surf, or just paddling around in a calm lagoon. Many swimming locations are identified on the corresponding beaches page for each Island.
Tennis There are hundreds of courts on the islands. Some are public and many are private. Many hotels and almost all resorts have tennis courts for the use of guests.
Windsurfing is attaching a sail to a surfboard and sailing the boards at rapid speeds for some distance off the coast. You can take lessons and learn to windsurf in a relatively short time. If you want to see the professionals though, check out Ho'okipa on Maui.
Whale watching is a favorite activity from December through March or April. Tours generally last about two hours. There are fines for getting closer than 100 yards to the humpbacks but you still get a great view from that distance. When we took the Trilogy tour from Kaanapali Beach on Maui, we motored out to an area where whales had been seen and turned off the engine. During the next 60 - 90 minutes, the curiosity of the humpbacks seemed to draw them to the boat. Probably a dozen whales swam around and under the boat many times and a few breached fairly close to the boat.