Hawaii is a true paradise for those who love to get back to nature. Yes, tourism has created many pockets of kitsch that are more concerned with dollars than with authentic Hawaiian tradition, but no law says you have to visit these places. With such variety of wonderful ways to spend your Hawaiian vacation outdoors, no reason in the world exists for you to come back without realizing the genuine paradise that is this Pacific getaway.
Manoa Falls Hike, Oahu
The hike to this magnificent waterfall is easy enough for even inexperienced hikers and the payoff is well worth the potential for the occasional slip on the damp rain forest trail. The falls itself drops 150 feet, but there is much argument to be made that the journey is the real reason to take this hike rather than the destination. This trail is like a little ecosystem in miniature. Along the way you will pass gigantic elephant ear plants that look like something from Jurassic Park before winding up in a bamboo forest that may have you thinking you walked across the Pacific to the Asian mainland. Bring along lots of bug repellent and shoes with a good grip so you don't fall too often.
Kauai Backcountry Adventures
Be prepared to book some time at Kauai Backcountry Adventures as soon as you confirm that you are heading to Hawaii. The highlight here is the transformation of a colonial sugar plantation into a fun-filled connection of canals and tunnels through which you will float wildly atop a raft. Zip lines are also part of the fun, allowing you to make like Superman as you cruise freely over a lush tropical rain forest. Kauai Backcountry Adventures has 17,000 acres of land with which to please those who want to enjoy Hawaii away from the luaus and beaches, and it's also a fun way to learn about the environmental aspects of the islands.
Kauai Backcountry Adventures
3-4131 Kuhio Highway
Hanama'ulu, Hawaii 96715
Kilauea Caverns of Fire Adventure Tour
Two different tours exist of this amazing glimpse into the manner in which Hawaii was created. The regular tour is for those who enjoy a typical cave walk. Where the caverns really come alive is on the adventure tour. During this strenuous three hours you will still get to see all the stalagmites and lava tubes that the regular tour offers, but be prepared to get some heavy-duty use from your best hiking boots and wear knee pads if you brought them. The Caverns of Fire adventure tour will require some time on the stomach as you crawl through narrow passages and enter and exit through cave skylights. The ground is uneven and the terrain often like something from another planet, so you will make good use of the miner's lamps and gloves that are provided. If spelunking isn't your idea of a great time, the regular tour still has much to offer.
Kilauea Caverns of Fire
Article Written By Timothy Sexton
Timothy Sexton is an award-winning author who started writing in 1994. He has written on topics ranging from politics and golf to nutrition and travel, and his work appears online for Zappos.com, Disaboom and MOJO, among others. He has also done work for "Sherlock Holmes and Philosophy." He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of West Florida.