Attractions & Things to Do in Hawaii

Attractions & Things to Do in Hawaii
The six different islands of Hawaii provide hundreds of activities for visitors that include everything from extreme adventure sports to sunbathing on the beautiful beaches. There is something for everything: unforgettable natural wonders, culture and arts, water adventures, historic sites, land and sky adventures, nightlife, luaus, gardens and much more. Keep in mind a handful of activities that are a must when you visit the islands of Hawaii. Most of these activities can be booked through your hotel.

Kauai Helicopter Tour

Take a helicopter tour over the island of Kauai for an exciting sky adventure. This island provides breathtaking scenery of mountains, lush vegetation, waterfalls and wildlife. Your pilot gives you a tour of everything, like historical points and the names of everything you are looking at. A helicopter ride is an ideal way to experience Kauai, as 80 percent of this island cannot be accessed by walking.

Whale Watching

If visiting Hawaii during the winter months, it is a great idea to take a whale-watching cruise for humpback whales that migrate from Alaska. The whales surround the Hawaiian islands, breaching and launching themselves into the air. Although sometimes the waiting requires some patience, the payoff is beautiful and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.


If you are going to snorkel while in Hawaii, the best place to do it is off the island of Molokini, where Hawaiian sea turtles are abundant and the water is at its clearest (ranging from 80 to 200 feet visibility). There are many things to view, from tropical schools of fish to possibly sharks. You must get to the snorkeling locations by boat, which range from inexpensive to large yachts. Some boats even have glass bottoms.

Browse and Dine in Waikiki

Waikiki is the ideal Hawaiian location to go shopping and dine on delicious local food. There are many shops to explore, from artists' studios, art galleries, shopping centers, unique vintage shops, cooking stores, live music areas, locally made jewelry and furniture, flower shops, surfboards and other types of fine art. The dining here is great, too. Hawaii's local cuisine mixes many cultures, such as European, Korean, Chinese and American. And don't forget to try some fresh simple seafood.


Go to an authentic luau and learn the native dance in a grass skirt. They are definitely a tourist attraction, but can be fun and are usually free of charge through your hotel. It is a great introduction to the music, food, culture and dance of the islands. You can experience fire dances, a lot of traditional music and lots of entertainment. You can find these on Kauai, Oahu, Big Island and Maui, to name a few locations.

Waimea Canyon

Waimea Canyon on the western part of Kauai is known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific (dubbed so by Mark Twain) and is a breathtaking sight to see. It is about 10 miles long and a mile wide, with a depth of over 3,500 feet. The canyon wall structures, colors and narrow gorges are impressive to look at, especially during sunrise and sunset.

Ride a Bike on Haleakala Mountain

Rent mountain bikes and take a ride down the famous Haleakala Mountain on Maui. This mountain is one of the largest in the world, a dormant volcano that is about 3,000 feet above sea level. You can walk right up and look into the crater. The national park around the mountain consumes about 27,000 acres of land. This attraction is best seen at sunrise or sunset.

Article Written By Lauren Wise

Lauren Wise has more than eight years' experience as a writer, editor, copywriter and columnist. She specializes in food, wine, music and pop culture. Her writing has appeared in various magazines, including "Runway," "A2Z," "Scottsdale Luxury Living" and "True West." Wise holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Arizona State University.

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