For adventurous travelers, Hawaii provides a wealth of exploration opportunities and outdoor activities that take you off the beaten trail and into the serenity of nature. The islands of Hawaii are home to deserts, rainforests, waterfalls, volcanoes, ocean and exotic wildlife. Whether you are interested in hiking the craters of Volcanoes National Park or surfing the waves of the Oahu North Shore, there is a trip for you.
Cliff Diving at Southpoint Cliffs
Though there are many locations to experience the thrill of cliff diving, the Big Island is home to Southpoint Cliffs, a 30 to 50 foot high range of secluded cliffs. Divers are surrounded by the panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. These cliffs can be dangerous due to strong ocean currents and sharp, jagged rocks, so travelers should use caution. However, for the seasoned cliff diver, this area can be an intriguing adventure. If cliff diving isn't your thing, hike to the area for the views and to say that you stood at the southern most tip of the United States. After a long day of diving, retreat to unusual accommodations at the nearby South Point Banyan Tree House. Visitors to this cottage feel as though they are in a tree house in the middle of a tropical forest. The house has an outdoor hot tub and a full size kitchen.
South Point Banyan Tree House
Crater Rim Trail
For an all-day trek that will challenge your hiking abilities and provide incredible views, consider hiking the Crater Rim Trail in Volcanoes National Park. This trail encircles the Kilauea Iki pit crater. Fortunately for hikers, the path is paved and in addition to the natural scenery, the Kilauea Visitor Center labels much of the exotic plant life along the trail to keep things interesting. Bring good shoes, snacks, and plenty of water, as the Crater Rim Trail is an 11-mile journey. Lodge in the nearby Kilauea Lodge, which is just a mile from the trail and Volcanoes National Park. Built in 1938, the inn was voted the best bed and breakfast of East Hawaii in 2008 by the Tribune Herald. A restaurant is located on the property, and breakfast is included in the price of a room.
19-3948 Old Volcano Rd
Volcano, HI 96785
Surfing and Adventure in Oahu
The Turtle Bay Resort in Oahu is home to a plethora of outdoor activities for adventurous travelers. Lessons are provided for novice surfers and the waters that surround the resort offer big waves. Guests can indulge in a guided two-hour eco-kayak tour of the North Shore or choose to trek the more than 12 miles of hiking trails that wind through tropical foliage and sandy beaches. Helicopter tours of the island are available on resort property. Resort patrons may opt for a more "grounded" approach to exploration with a moped rental or segway tour. Other activities include skim boarding, snorkeling, swimming, horseback riding, and beach volleyball. After long days in the sun, resort guests rest in luxurious rooms complete with plush bedding, ocean views, and private balconies.
Turtle Bay Resort
57-091 Kamehameaha Highway
Kahuku, Oahu, Hawaii 96731