By Alex Kite | May 24, 2012
Wondering what to do in Hawaii? Here is a look at the best Hawaii attractions which are really fun to do and a great way to create lasting vacation memories.
The Best Hawaii Attractions
With such beautiful surroundings and phenomenal weather, outdoor activities top the list of best Hawaii attractions, so let’s explore all the fun things to do outdoors in Hawaii.
Dine with Royalty at a Hawaiian Luau – No visit to Hawaii could be complete without going to a Hawaiian luau. The traditional imu ceremony, beautiful hula dancers, Hawaiian music performances, exciting fireknife dances, delicious Hawaiian dishes, make for an unforgettable experience. And don’t forget about the Mai Tais!
Going to a Luau should be on everyone’s “must do” list for vacationing to Hawaii, and there a four major luaus on Oahu. Here is a recent blog post highlighting the best parts about each of them to help you decide which one excites you the most!
Definitely not something to miss, enjoying a luau tops our list of Hawaii attractions.
Take a Sunset Dinner Cruise – What could be more romantic than setting off into a beautiful Hawaiian sunset while enjoying a gourmet dinner with the one you love? I would have to say not much. Dinner cruises are the best way to have a special evening filled with delicious food, live entertainment, and a spectacular view you can’t find in even the best of restaurants.
Surprise the one you love with the most romantic of all Hawaii attractions, and create vacation memories which will last a lifetime. Dine with the lights of Waikiki on an Oahu sunset dinner cruise or with the majestic islands of Lanai and Molokai as the backdrop for a Maui dinner cruise.
Snorkel with Turtles and Dolphins - What could be more exciting than having a close encounter with the curious creatures who inhabit the reefs off the shores of Hawaii? Snorkeling tours take you to the best spots where aquatic animals like to play so you can play with them.
On Maui, the tiny island of Molokini makes for excellent diving and the Turtle Arches are a favorite hangout for Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles.
Swimming with dolphins in their natural habitat off the west coast of Oahu on a snorkel tour will be an incredible experience you will remember for the rest of your life!
Swim with Sharks in Hawaii – If you’re looking for a little more adrenaline in your aquatic adventures, then shark diving is for you! Jump into the cage and get up close (but not TOO close) and personal with the most misunderstood creatures of the sea. If you need to conquer that fear of sharks, or to find the most heart pounding experience you’ve ever had on vacation, then this is for you!
One of our own was looking to conquer his deep seeded fear of sharks, and did! Here is a blog post he wrote about his experience, check it out and see if you have what it takes.
Ramble through the Jungle on a Hawaiian Expedition - The outdoor activities of Kualoa Ranch are some of the most unique and diverse of all Hawaii attractions. My favorite would have to be the Jungle expedition. Ramble into the Hawaiian wilderness. The best part about spending the day at Kualoa Ranch would be picking your own activities. That’s right, booking a tour of Kualoa Ranch allows you to choose the activities and attractions you want to see and do!
Other highlights of the Kualoa Ranch experience include visiting sites from many Hollywood blockbusters like Godzilla, 50 First Dates, Jurassic Park, a catamaran cruise around Chinaman’s Hat, exploring an ancient Hawaiian fishpond, hula lessons, horseback rides, ATV tours, and a journey to a secret island!
Soar through the Sky on a Zipline Adventure – One of he most exhilarating feelings you can feel is the sensation of flight, so why not do it! Soaring through the sky on a zipline feels just like flying, without being seated in a plane.
The Big Island Zipline Adventure takes you through the canopies of lush tropical rainforest on 8 thrilling tracks, and is the best zipline adventure of all Hawaii attractions!
Explore Offshore Islands on a Kayak Tour – The most popular of all the Hawaii attractions you can do in the water, a Kayak adventure is an awesome way to soak up the sun and stay cool the whole time! Explore an offshore island, snorkel with turtles and combine it with a hike and zipline adventure for a full day of outdoor Hawaii activities.
Learn how to Stand-Up Paddle – One of the coolest things things to learn on vacation is how to stand-up paddle. Of all the popular aquatic Hawaii attractions, this one will knock your socks off! (Or at least have you taking them off before you begin.) Easy to learn and progress at, stand-up paddling will give you the freedom to explore the gentle waters of Hawaii’s bays. Talk about fun in the sun!
Go on a Whale Watching Cruise (Tours available November – April) – The majestic Humpback whale makes a yearly migration through the Pacific and their favorite place to nurse calves is Hawaii. Whale watching cruises are the best way to see these graceful giants as they breach and spit water into the sky as they exhale from a dive.
Since whales migrate throughout the year, whale watching tours are only available in the winter months, typically November through April. This is definitely a great thing to do while visiting Hawaii outside of the summer months and something you’ll never forget!
Reel in a Big One on a Sport Fishing Adventure, Hanapa’a! – Some of the most desirable and prized big game fish call the waters of Hawaii home. One of the most thrilling of all Hawaii attractions, fishing charters are a fun day in the deep blue seas of Hawaii.
Experienced and knowledgeable Captains will have you reeling in Marlin, Tunas, and Mahi Mahi giving you great pictures and a fishing tail of epic proportions!
Dive into the Tropics on a Scuba Dive – Divers rejoice! The crystal clear tropical waters and surrounding Hawaii make for some of the best scuba diving in the Pacific. Abundant sea life and beautiful bright reefs will leave you bedazzled as experienced divers guide you while exploring Hawaii’s depths.
Never dived before? No problem! An instructional briefing will have you ready in no time and how awesome would it be to say your first scuba experience was in Hawaii!
Hike to a Majestic Waterfall – The steep valleys and lush tropical rainforest make for some of the most gorgeous hiking in all of America. A short walk along a tree lined path will take you to a gorgeous waterfall and will have you wanting to stay and enjoy the scenery for the rest of the day!
Hiking to a waterfall will have you connecting with nature more than any of the other Hawaii attractions. Experienced guides know the best spots along the trails, and have the knowledge about local flora and fauna, giving you insight to our tropical ecosystem and the best vacation photos.
Hopefully this guide to Hawaii attractions will help you along the way to planning your Hawaiian vacation, and make it your best trip ever.
For more information about all the exciting Hawaii attractions you can visit check out our free travel guide.
A quick overview of Hawaii Attractions
- Dine with Royalty at a Hawaiian Luau
- Take a Sunset Dinner Cruise
- Snorkel with Turtles and Dolphins
- Swim with Sharks in Hawaii
- Ramble through the Jungle on a Hawaiian Expedition
- Soar through the Sky on a Zipline Adventure
- Explore Offshore Islands on a Kayak Tour
- Learn how to Stand-Up Paddle
- Go on a Whale Watching Cruise (November – April)
- Reel in a Big One on a Sport Fishing Adventure, Hanapa’a!
- Dive into the Tropics on a Scuba Dive
- Hike to a Majestic Waterfall
Thank you for reading,