Kapalua Bay is a great place for shore dives, scuba diving, and snorkeling, to discover all the different underwater wildlife that Maui has to offer. If you aren’t looking to go underwater, you can also simply paddleboard in the Bay. Diving in Kapalua Bay can definitely be exciting because of the currents, so make sure you’re ready for a nautical workout! What makes Kapalua so special is that it is basically enclosed by lava outcroppings, making for not such extreme wave conditions, and awesome sea life to discover!
Hike through World War II history
On Oahu Island, hikers can set foot on the Lanikai Pillbox Hike, which is known more popularly as the Kaiwa Ridge Trail. This intermediate hike allows for climbers to get views of Makapu’u Lighthouse, Lanikai, and the Mokulua Islands. Along the hike, hikers will encounter military pillbox bunkers dating from World War II that currently serve as lookout points for hikers. The trail is steep and rocky, which only adds to the adventure that the notorious hike has to offer. After your hike, you can go down to Lanikai Beach, a popular kayaking destination on Oahu Island.
On Hawaii’s Big Island is an easily accessible, year-round, 80-foot waterfall called Waianuenue, more commonly known as Rainbow Falls because of how rainbows form from the surrounding mist of the falls. This waterfall is located in Wailuku River State Park, where you can also go to Peepee Falls that are home to pools that bubble as if they were boiling, creating flows over basalt lava. In these waterfalls, there are no lifeguards, but tourists are free to swim in the waters. It is rumored that the cove on which Rainbow Falls sits is where King Kamehameha buried his father's bones!
Hike through the Clouds
If you’re looking to be one amongst the clouds, go to Maui Island where you’ll find the infamous Waihee Ridge Hiking Trail. About 5 miles round trip and 1,500 feet in the air; this hike is one of the most scenic treks in Maui. Throughout the hike, climbers will pass by cattle pastures, waterfalls, lush forests filled with guava and ferns, and can even bird watch. The terrain varies between flat and steep land, which makes for an interesting experience. At the top of the mountains, the views of the sea and the sky will meld into one, and be blurred out by the clouds that form as the day goes on.
Exploring a Lava Cave
In Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, adventurous travelers can try their luck at strolling through an ancient lava flow point at Nahuku, also known as the Thurston Lava Tube. This 500-year old lava cave was formed when a river of lava solidified and formed walls, eventually creating a cave. Nahuku has a lit section where explorers can discover Hawaiian molten geology, but if they go a little further within the cave, the area is completely in the dark, making it the ultimate adventure. At the end of Nahuku, you can finish off your lava discoveries in a tropical rainforest.
Zip Lining on a Mountain
On Oahu Island, travelers can explore Keana Farms where they can embark on a 3-hour guided zip line tour. The tour starts off with a 2-mile ATV ride to the top of the mountain, passing through farms, and the jungle. Then, throughout the tour, explorers will encounter sky bridges, scenic panoramic ocean and mountain views, and even rappels. At the top of the mountain, adventurers will prepare themselves to face Oahu’s longest zip lines ranging from 500 feet to nearly half a mile long. Although adventurous and thrilling, zip liners will feel complete safe throughout their experience.
Swimming with Sharks
If you’re looking for adventure in Hawaii and you love the water, swimming with sharks off of the coast of Oahu Island is the perfect exhilarating experience for you. Safety may not be the first thing you think of when you think of sharks, but North Shore Shark Tours allows travelers a fun, safe experience through cage diving. Aside from Galapagos Sharks, travelers can encounter Dolphins, Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles, and even Humpback Whales from November to May in the Hawaiian waters. The thrill of being close to Jaws’ relatives will surely be an adventurous treat on your Hawaiian getaway.