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Must-Do Activities on Your Hawaiian Vacation

Aloha! The Island of Hawaii practically redefines vacation for first-time visitors and seasoned travelers who come here to enjoy themselves regardless of age. Here, there is something for everyone, from adventure to leisure and social interactions. With multiple activities, this article will reveal the top activities you must try at least once before you leave Hawaii.

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Water-based Activities

Hawaii is the motherland of modern surfing and a part of its history and heredity. Be it a beginner or an experienced surfer, partaking in surf lessons will help you get better on your board and ride the biggest waves nature can present. From the mythical spouts of Oahu’s North Shore, which boast winter swells creating giant waves even for experienced surfers, to the calm rolls off Waikiki Beach, ideal for beginners getting a taste of surfing in Hawaiian sunshine, there is a spot for all.

Snorkeling in Hanauma Bay, located on Oahu Island, has one of the world’s best snorkeling waters. You will be greeted by crystal-clear waters and the coral reef, which come to life with an extravagant canvas of underwater beauty. You can also consider other activities like fishing, kayaking, whale watching, and scuba diving. The important thing is to plan well and choose activities that suit your personal skills and experience.

Experience the Hawaiian Culture in Luau

As the sun sets for another day, awaken your senses and embark on a sumptuous dinner featuring this magnificent island’s gastronomic wealth. Enjoy the:

  • Juicy flavors of Kalua Pig, slowly roasted in an imu (underground oven)
  • Traditional accompaniments like Poi, a staple starch Taro Root
  • Lomi Lomi salmon: a refreshing dish of salted salmon mixed with tomatoes and onions.

Savor a cultural fiesta for the stars that has live traditional Hawaiian entertainment and captivating hula dancers. View Polynesian dances from the dramatic fire displays to chants that capture the essence of a Hawaiian soul.

Drive the Road to Hana

Take a once-in-a-lifetime ride on the Road to Hana on Maui, an amazing road with incredible views and fascinating magic. As you drive along this zigzagging coastal road, marvel at the verdant emerald scenery unfolding before your eyes, decorated with:

  • Lush rainforests, teeming with life.
  • Cascading waterfalls, including the famous Wailua Falls.
  • The Seven Sacred Pools boast crystal-clear waters.

The trip is only considered complete with taking a short break in the picturesque town of Hana, famous for its colorful bustle and simply fabulous local food.

Visit Pearl Harbor

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Go on a reflective journey through the annals of time to pay respects to the hallowed grounds at Pearl Harbor, Oahu. Learn and experience American History by taking a walk on the dark USS Arizona Memorial, a memorial to those heroes who died during that unfortunate attack that occurred on December 7th, 1941. View the rusted, sunken pieces of the USS Arizona that serve as a grim and sobering reminder of the cost of war.

Experience the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum, where the silhouette of a WWII submarine unveils tales of bravery in treacherous waters. Then, behold the grandeur of the Battleship Missouri Memorial, resonating with echoes of war.

Explore Kihei’s Attractions

Don’t miss out on exploring the vibrant town of Kihei, where you’ll find an array of exciting activities and attractions. From snorkeling adventures to beachside relaxation, there are plenty of things to do in Kihei that will enhance your Hawaiian experience.

These activities provide a variety of experiences that highlight Hawaii’s natural environment, cultural background, and historical importance. From the tropical and exciting to the relaxing and artistic, your vacation in Hawaii will find something for everyone.