Hawaii has to be one of my favorite places in the world. It’s absolutely beautiful, the food is amazing (hello poke!), and the people are friendly. They also have some of the most colorful sunsets in the world in my opinion!
While it’s really tempting to just relax on the beach with a margarita, this is the time to be active! I’ve never been to somewhere that had so many options to choose from everyday. Whether you want to go hiking or scuba diving, Hawaii has it all. Then you can have your margarita!
This has become the first thing I do when I go on vacation to a beach now. Why just sit on the beach when you can go see what’s underneath the water? The gear is really inexpensive to rent, or you can just buy your own on Amazon and bring it with you like I normally do. I absolutely love all the colorful fish and being able to see the bottom of the ocean floor.
You can’t beat going out on a sailboat for the day in a place like Hawaii. While you might not be doing the work if you don’t know how to sail, you can still jump off the boat to swim or snorkel once you get out in the water. It’s a slow-paced way to see the islands.
A pretty obvious choice when you’re in Hawaii, but swimming is a really good workout! I had a pool at the house I stayed at, but also swam in the ocean for more resistance. Those waves can be tough to get over at times.
With water as clear as it is here, it’s a good option if you’re not quite ready for snorkeling but still want to see below. Fish swirl below your paddle, you get a core workout, and if you get tired you can just sit down.
This is my favorite new sport by far. Hawaii is actually where I got certified, so it holds a special place in my heart. The view is way better than the picture below, trust me (I was too busy concentrating to get good pictures!). I had fears of sharks like everyone else, but when you get in water that has visibility of 100 feet, that fear goes away. You can see for quite awhile if something scary is coming. The worst thing I saw was an eel, which made me scream through my respirator (they’re like water snakes!).
First off, I’m only recommending this in places where it’s safe and legal. It can be extremely dangerous if you have no idea where the rocks are in the water or how deep it is. The picture below is the South Point Cliff Dive on the Big Island, where it is legal and there’s a ladder to get back up. If you’re a thrill seeker, you’ll want to add this to your list.
Take your pick – any island in Hawaii has plenty of places to go hiking. I love hiking along the beach on the hardened lava. It’s definitely a challenge compared to flat ground!
There’s so many marked trails on the islands, and they all lead to beautiful places. Waterfalls are abundant on the islands, so chances are you’ll either have that as your view or an overlook of the island. Either way, make sure to bring your camera.
There’s not many places where you can get this close to active volcanoes. Some tours will even take you out at 3 AM so you’re on top of the volcano by sunrise. Put some Kona coffee in your thermos and I’d say that’s a pretty good start to a morning!
What’s your favorite activity to do on vacation?
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