Hawaii Attractions and Activities
Hawaii is normally thought of as nothing but endless white sand beaches fringed with palm trees, and true, any visitor could easily spend an entire week's vacation sitting on the beach, but there are also plenty of other unique experiences only to be had in Hawaii. Be sure to think about:
Snorkeling is usually not best done at a beach - sandy bottoms only attract certain bland fish. The best snorkeling spots are near rocks or reefs. All the islands have fantastic snorkeling spots with the Big Island perhaps offering the best (Kealakekua Bay) and the easiest is a toss up between the Big Island (Kahaluu Beach) and Oahu (Hanauma Bay). You can rent or buy a snorkel and mask - fins not needed for beginners usually.
If you are able to easily stand up from a kneeling position than you can probably learn to surf, whether you are 5 or 85. Waikiki Beach is the absolute best place for this as there are a multitude of vendors both permanently stationed and available by appointment on the beach with surf instructors to help you and the water is almost always calm with soft, cooperative waves.
There's windsurfing, boogie-boarding, kayaking, kite-boarding, kitesurfing, parasailing, scuba diving, free diving, snuba, and probably more I just can't think of right now.
If you are an active sort who enjoys the outdoors you should try some hiking on any of the islands. Oahu and Maui have nice hikes to waterfalls, the Big Island has active volcano and dramatic valley hikes, and Kauai has a grand hike to beaches and mountains and waterfalls unaccessible except by hiking or boat (with a bit of swimming). There are also various easy hikes on all the island to scenic places like Diamond Head or Akaka Falls for sightseeing.
You woudn't think of horseback riding being a big deal here in the islands, but it is something that many visitors enjoy. Hawaii horseback riding is biggest on the Big Island because of the thousands of acres of working ranch lands, but you can find it on any island.
You can go on a sunset cruise, a dinner cruise, a dolphin or whale-watching boat, a snorkeling cruise, a scuba cruise, or a fishing charter on any island. Certain places also have glassbottom boats and even submarines for up-close, underwater fish viewing.
Helicopters, small plane tours, hang gliding - all are available, over waterfalls, mountains, cliffs, active volcanic vents, valleys and beaches. Island Specific pages under development - Ask me any question
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