Hawaii is one of the dream destinations that I have yet to visit. Being a beach lover, I have always been drawn to island destinations that are known for their beaches. In this aspect, the volcanic archipelago of Hawaii has a lot to offer. My desire to visit their islands intensified when I saw my mom’s vacation pictures. One look at a photo of Hawaii beach rentals with gorgeous views and I was raring to go. I started making plans and did research on things to do during a holiday in Hawaii. Let me share with you some of my discoveries.
Beach Hopping. For a beach lover like me, this definitely tops the list of my things to do in Hawaii. They have lots of public beaches for you to explore. This means that you won’t have trouble finding a beach that is perfect for you. There are cool and calm waters for families with little children and also beaches with big waves for the avid surfer. What I found to be really interesting is the sand color variations in Hawaiian beaches. Did you know that you can find a green beach in Hawaii? The Papakolea Beach in Hawaii’s big Island is only one of four beaches in the world with green sand. This is really something to look forward to especially for those who have gotten used to white or grey sand beaches only.
Aside from green, you can also find red, orange and gold sand beaches in Hawaii. Here’s your color guide for a beach experience in different hues during your holiday in Hawaii. Punaluu Beach in Hawaii’s Big Island and Wainapanapa Beach in Maui are two of the popular black sand beaches in the archipelago. Both have stunningly beautiful black sand that is perfect for a lazy day in the beach. Those who want to see a red sand beach can take a trip to the Kaihalulu beach in Maui. The Gold sand in Hulopoe Bay is another must see sight. The mellow gold hues of the sand and calm waters make it ideal for easy swims and picnics. Don’t leave Hawaii without a sunset experience at the orange sands of Papohaku beach in Molokai. Aside from a one of a kind sunset at the beach, you also get breathtaking photos as souvenirs.
Diving or Snorkeling. The beauty of Hawaii’s clean and clear waters isn’t just seen on the surface. Underneath the waves lies the magnificent beauty of Hawaii’s marine life. You can be a witness to this natural beauty by venturing into a diving or snorkeling tour. It is always advisable to book a professional tour so you can make the most out of the experience. Booked tours usually have safety instructions for their passengers and professional tour guides to accompany you on the trip. Aside from enjoying the view, you also get a bit of education on Hawaii Marine Life during the tour. Some of the underwater sights to look forward to include vibrant reef, formations, abundant variety of tropical fish species, and the Green Hawaiian Sea Turtle in its natural habitat. If you’re lucky you may even spot some Spinner Dolphins or the great North Pacific Humpback Whales on your way to the snorkeling or dive spot.
Surfing. The waters of Maui and Waikiki beaches are well known surfing destinations since the 80s. Until now, the Hawaiian Islands remain on the forefront as one of the best place surfing destinations in the world. NatGeo has even included Waikiki in their World’s 20 Best Surf Towns.
Sightseeing. Hawaii’s beautiful landscape offers some of the best attractions in the islands. Aside from the volcanoes, there are also nature parks and waterfalls to explore on your holiday in Hawaii. You can go the old fashion way and hike to the popular scenic spots or go on a helicopter tour for an easier access and better view. Tour stops at Hawaii’s Big Island include the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Akaka Falls, Kona, and the Hilo Town. If you are in Maui, then you can trek to Mt. Haleakala Crater and take the Road to Hana to commune with nature. This route will take you through a bamboo forest that leads to a waterfall. The Makawao Forest, La Perouse Bay, and Seven Sacred Pools of O’heo Gulch are also attractions that you can enjoy in Maui.
Each island in Hawaii has its own beautiful sights to offer. In Kauai, tourists can experience the mystique and drama of Na Pali Coastline, Waimea Valley, Hanalei and Poipu, and the Kilauea Lighthouse. You might as well check out the Polihale State Park and Kokee State Park while you’re there. Romance seem to be the vibe in the Island of Lana’i with attractions like Puu Pehe or Sweetheart Rock and Keahiakawelo or Garden of the Gods. If you are up for a hiking challenge then head on to the island of Oahu. Test your strength and endurance by taking on the Stairway to Heaven, Diamond Head Summit Trail, or the Makapu’u Lighthouse trail.
Sunset Cruises. Another way to enjoy the land and seascape of Hawaii is through their cruises. A sunset cruise can be one of the best experiences that you can have in Hawaii. Not to mention the most romantic one. Aside from a breathtaking view of both sunset and coastline, you also get to enjoy good food, refreshing drinks, and wonderful entertainment. There are also champagne and cocktail dinner cruises as well as whale watching sunset cruises available during the winter season.
Golfing. Tourists can also get a nice dose of golf during their holiday in Hawaii. It doesn’t matter if you’re a rookie or a veteran, you can find a well manicured course fit for your skill. Golf enthusiast will also have a grand time in golf resorts and uber-private golf locales in the islands. In fact, the PGA’s Annual Hyundai Tournament of Champions is usually held in the island of Maui in early January. Lana’i, Koele, and the Big Island also have gorgeous and luxurious greens for those who would like to have a golf vacation in Hawaii.
Luaus. Your holiday in Hawaii will not be complete without experiencing its culture and cuisine. The best way to do this is to attend a Luau. These are Hawaiian and Polynesian feasts that reflect the culture of the islands. Aside from local cuisine, traditional luau feasts also gives you a peek at the crafts, clothing, and entertainment that are unique to the islands. You can even learn how to weave baskets or make leis if you want.