Adventure Vacations in Hawaii

If you want adventure, fun, romance, excitement, and more, Hawaii is the place to go on your next vacation. Hawaii is well known as a premier vacation spot, offering tourists raw natural beauty, adventure, temperate weather, and entertainment. Hawaii adventure vacations can be extreme or more relaxing, depending on your style. Here are some options and ideas for planning adventure vacations in Hawaii.

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Beaches

With clear, warm water and soft sand, all the beaches in Hawaii are so nice; some of the most beautiful beaches in the world can be found on the Hawaiian Islands. It may be a good idea to island hop so you can see the best Hawaii has to offer. Top beaches for adventure vacations in Hawaii include Hanalei Bay, Kauai; Lanikai Beach, Oahu; Kailua Beach, Oahu; Hapuna Beach, Big Island; and Tunnels Beach, Kauai. Of course there are many other exceptional beaches, so do your homework in advance.

Surfing

Surfing has been part of the Polynesian culture for decades. Some of the best surfing in the world is found in Hawaii, especially the North Shore of Oahu. This is where all the best and most accomplished surfers like to hang-ten. With waves up to eight feet or higher in the winter months, this is the place for surfers. But don't be scared off; Hawaiian surfing can fit any ability level and surfing lessons are available.

Snorkeling

The island of Oahu also has some amazing snorkeling spots. One of the best snorkeling places is Hanauma Bay, a gorgeous safe and shallow bay with clear, calm, warm waters and plenty of fish. Makaha Beach Park, Oahu (35 north of Honolulu) is another favorite, with aqua blue water underwater caverns, tunnels up to 40 feet deep, and a small current in the summer time. Here you'll see octopus, eels, green sea turtles, dolphins, manta or eagle rays. Another popular Oahu snorkeling beach is Kapiolani Park Beach. More experienced snorkelers can go to Witch's Brew.

Snorkeling adventures on other islands are also excellent. Hot spots include Molokini Crater or Kapalua Bay (both on Maui); Ke'e Beach Park or Anini Beach (both on Kauai); and Kealakekue Bay, Big Island.

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Hiking

Approximately three-million people a year tour the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the most visited attraction in all of Hawaii. The world's most active volcano, Kilauea, along with the world's largest volanco, Mauna Loa, are part of the park. If you aren't interested in hiking, you can take your car around the 11-mile Crater Rim Drive and grab a bite at the Volcano House. Other great hiking options are Haleakala National Park in Maui or Waimea Canyon on Kauai (the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific").

Waikiki

On the other side of Oahu, Waikiki is considered a hot spot for shopping, dining, and night life. Shopping on Oahu features anything from quaint shops to elegant upscale galleries. From the shore, you can sign up for day trips and adventures such as boat rides, submarine rides and more.

Other Hawaiian Adventures

In addition to all the beach and water sports, Hawaii has much in the way of entertainment to offer. For instance, helicopter rides over the island of Kauai are considered a must. From the air, you'll see breathtaking splendor that is not accessible by foot, such as majestic mountains and sapphire waters. Other options for your next adventure could be the Panaewa Rainforest Zoo on the Big Island, Waimea Arboretum and Botanical Garden on Oahu, a whale-watching cruise or an authentic Polynesian luau.

All in all, Hawaii is one of the top adventure spots in the United States, and perhaps even the world. Adventure vacations in Hawaii are only a plane ride away!