When most people think of Hawaii, they think of beaches, sunshine, and relaxation. And while there is no denying that Hawaii is a great place to kick back and enjoy the outdoors, there is also so much more to do on these beautiful islands. If you are looking for some ideas of things to do on your next trip to Hawaii, check out this list of seven activities that are sure to give you a well-rounded experience of all that these islands have to offer. From hiking and snorkeling to visiting historic sites and learning about Hawaiian culture, there is something for everyone on this list.
1. Horseback Riding
First on the list is a great pick for animal lovers and adventurers. Horseback riding is the perfect way to see the islands, get in touch with nature and cover more ground than on foot. A trained and experienced trainer at North Shore Stables will physically lead the pony on a pony ride, so if it is your child’s first time on a horse, they will be in safe hands. Most horseback riding companies in Hawaii require that you book in advance, so be sure to do that if you are interested in horseback riding.
The scenery in Hawaii is absolutely beautiful, and there is no better way to see it than from horseback. Riding is a great activity for families, couples, or anyone who wants to enjoy the Hawaiian landscape. Just be sure to wear sunscreen and insect repellent, as there are plenty of mosquitoes in Hawaii!
2. Jet Skiing
If you are looking for a fast-paced thriller, jet skiing might be the best pick for you. There are many different places you can go to rent a jet ski in Hawaii, and there are also many different types of jet skis to choose from. You can either go on a solo ride or with a group, and there are guided tours available. Jet skiing is a great way to see the sights and get a little bit of exercise all at the same time.
In fact, if this is the kind of thing that you love to do on holiday, remember that there is no shortage of water sports in Hawaii. Why not try out windsurfing and wakeboarding as well? They are all awesome ways to have fun at the beach in Hawaii.
Hiking is one of the best ways to experience Hawaii’s natural beauty. There are trails of all difficulty levels, from easy nature walks to more challenging hikes with stunning views. Many of the hiking trails are located in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, which is home to two of the world’s most active volcanoes. Other popular hiking destinations include Manoa Falls Trail and Diamond Head State Monument.
One of the most splendid things about Hawaii is the natural beauty of the islands. You will find incredible waterfalls, volcanoes, beaches, and wildlife in Hawaii on a nature hike.
4. ATV Rides
ATVing is one of the most popular activities in Hawaii. There are many companies that offer ATV tours, and they are a great way to see the island. The tours typically last up to an hour, and you will be able to see some of the most beautiful scenery on the island as you ride. Take photos of the gorgeous coastline, Mount Ka’ala, and the rich countryside farmlands of Hawaii on your exciting tour.
Snorkeling is a truly thrilling experience in Hawaii. The clear warm waters offer great visibility for seeing tropical fish, coral, and other marine life. There are many great snorkeling spots throughout the islands, so it is easy to find a place to jump in and start exploring.
If you have never been snorkeling before, do not worry! It is relatively easy to learn and there are plenty of resources available to help you get started. Once you have the basics down, you will be able to enjoy hours of exploration and discovery in Hawaii’s amazing underwater world.
6. Visit the Puakō Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve
The Puakō Petroglyphs are carvings in rocks from 1200 AD that are thought to tell the stories of the people who lived on the islands of Hawaii long ago. The images show people, turtles, and canoes, as well as other recognizable images. Along the Kohala coast, the archaeological preserve is home to more than 3000 of these ancient carvings. The area of the preserve is 223 acres.
The area that boasts the petroglyphs has some uneven terrain and forest so wear good shoes and prepare for a walk so that you can enjoy the historic site. Try to see if you can identify recognizable images in the ancient carvings.
7. Take Hula Dancing Classes
Finally, if you want to continue your lessons in Hawaiian culture and history, why not sign up for Hula dancing classes? This is a traditional dance of the native people of Hawaii. The dance is accompanied by chanting or singing and tells a story. Many traditional Hula chants and dances are done in honor of a God or Goddess, and therefore, are religious and spiritual in nature.
Traditional Hula dances do not involve modern instruments, such as the guitar and double bass, however, the newer Hulas do. Moreover, a traditional Hula dancer will wear necklaces, bracelets, anklets, and a wrapped skirt or loin cloth. They might also wear a coconut bra, or be topless.
So, there you have it! We have suggested seven activities that you should definitely try out during your next trip to Hawaii. From horseback riding and ATV rides to snorkeling and visiting the site of ancient rock carvings done by native Hawaiians, there is something for everyone on this list. Maybe you will even find a new favorite activity while you are exploring the islands. Whatever your personal tastes, budget, and adventure levels, you will have the most wonderful and magical time in Hawaii that will be a memory for life. Do not forget to take a lot of photos!