If you are vacationing on one of Hawaii’s six islands there is plenty of sun, sea and sand for relaxing – but why not spice up your trip with an adventure activity or two? I have picked out six very different activities, one for each island – which one will you choose?
Kauai Island, Skydiving
Whilst helicopter rides over the island, across the Waimea Canyon and over the Na Pali coastline are trips that many people have made on their vacation visit to Kauai Island, not many people have tried out skydiving!
You don’t need to have any experience as your skydive will be a tandem one with one of Skydive Kauai’s well-qualified instructors. You get a plane ride of around 25 minutes, during which you will get the best views of Kauai Island. Then, brace yourself for an exhilarating freefall ride over the beautiful coastline followed by a peaceful glide to earth once more under the canopy of the parachute.
Oahu Island, Glider Flight
From Dillingham Airfield on Oahu Island’s North Shore, you could take a flight in one of the Honolulu Soaring Club’s Gliders. This is a way to enjoy flying like a bird and so different from the way you probably arrived at your vacation destination by scheduled or private charter flight. There is no engine noise in a Glider, just soaring on the thermals and enjoying the spectacular scenery below. You could choose a scenic flight in a Glider accommodating one or two passengers or maybe try something a little more adventurous and experience an acrobatic flight, looping the loop and other aerial maneuvers or even try a little ‘hands on’ flying instruction yourself!
Molokai Island, Sport Fishing
From Kaunakakai pier on Molokai Island, you could cast off for some serious sport fishing. Even if you have never tried big game fishing for sport fish such as Marlin and Tuna before, you will get plenty of help and advice from the boat captains and all the gear you need is provided for your choice of a half day, three quarter day or full day charter.
Lanai Island, Snuba Diving
If you have ever wanted to experience the underwater world from a diver’s perspective but do not have the necessary SCUBA qualifications, you could try Snuba diving off Lanai Island. Most people (over seven years of age) can participate after an introduction to the equipment and guidance on what to expect once under the water. Snuba combines the simplicity of snorkeling with air supplied through a hose from a pontoon raft above so you do not need any tanks or equipment strapped to your back! This is an incredible experience and a wonderful way to explore the beauty that lies beneath the surface of the ocean!
Maui Island, Horseback Riding
On Maui, you could experience some horseback riding with a difference! Even if you have never been on a horse before, Instructors will match you with a mount and an excursion to suit your level of ability. There are many different terrains to be experienced, from jungle to tropical rainforest, from beach to ranch land and even inside the crater of Haleakala – the nearest thing to horseback riding on the moon! Minimum age for riders is usually between six and twelve years (depending on the excursion) and you will need appropriate trousers and footwear for riding.
Hawaii Island, Bike Tour
How about a nice bicycle ride – if that sounds boring, what about a bicycle ride to explore the Kilauea Volcano? You will experience the amazing scenery of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on a cycling tour guided by a professional Guide and get the opportunity to view active lava flows close up. You do not need to be super-fit to enjoy a bike tour on Hawaii Island – and if you need a rest, the support van is always close at hand!
I hope that these six activities have whetted your appetite for some adventures to experience on your vacation to Hawaii. If you do not get the chance to experience them all on this vacation, don’t worry, there’s always next time!