The Big Island of Hawaii is not an island traditionally known for its surfing. When compared to its smaller Hawaiian neighbors such as Maui, Oahu and Kauai — where waves in winter can regularly reach over 40 feet in height — the Big Island of Hawaii is conspicuously absent from the surfing conversation. This, however, is not to say that there isn’t surf on the Big Island.
Granted, when looking for things to do in Maui, going to the bottom of Haleakala isn’t exactly an option. What is possible, however, is exploring the coral and rock formations that are just barely beneath the surface, as much of Maui’s underwater architecture was formed by the volcano’s eruption. And, while the snorkeling in Maui is some of the best in Hawaii, visitors who choose to go scuba diving in Maui can experience the island’s wealth of marine life in a degree not found on the surface. So, whether you’re an avid diver looking to log some more bottom time or are just getting in to the sport, here are some of the best scuba diving locations in Maui to weightlessly float in paradise.
Sure, Oahu is a famous tropical paradise full of surfing, beaches and sunsets, but there’s much more to this Hawaiian island than endless tropical adventure. Oahu has a complex and intriguing history; as the political center of the Hawaiian Islands, important historical events have taken place on these shores. Add in the fact it’s the site of Pearl Harbor and the infamous Japanese attack, and Oahu has a political and war-related history unlike anywhere else in Hawaii.
Hana’s all about waterfalls, waves and tropical blooms. But below its lush scenery hides an underground world that offers a perfect break from the sun. Beat the heat by walking through the Hana Lava Tube.
Kauai has an identity that’s separate from the rest of the neighboring Hawaiian Islands. It’s the first place that a western explorer ever set foot on Hawaiian land, and it’s the only island that King Kamehameha didn’t directly conquer through war. It’s the last know holdout of a Polynesian minority who identified as “manahune,” and even the Hawaiian language on Kauai historically has its own dialect. Add in the fact that missionaries and sugar were infused in the 19th century, and Kauai has an eclectic cultural history to accompany its tropical beauty. To tap into this wealth of history and unique Hawaiian culture, the following are some of the best cultural experiences on Kauai for your trip to the “Garden Isle.”
Everyone knows that Maui is beautiful and is one of the world’s best islands, but there’s a lot more to the “Valley Isle” than many visitors might realize. Sure—it’s the second largest island in the Hawaiian chain and has the world’s largest dormant volcano, but those are facts that appear in virtually every list about Maui. Instead, we’ve chosen to highlight some facts about Maui that are little bit more obscure, and offer some insight into its fascinating history and current visitor activities. So, if you consider yourself a Maui expert or simply love the island, test your knowledge with these 10 things you never knew about Maui.
There’s plenty to love about Hawaii. Even if you’ve never been, I bet you’ve got a picture in your mind. Flower leis, the hula, a sunny beach. Now picture this; helmets and headlamps. Confused? It’s worth saving precious vacation time for Hawaii’s unexpected side. There’s plenty to make you smile and helmet and headlamps are just the beginning.
The Big Island is the youngest and largest of the Hawaiian Islands. It has an entertaining way of showing off. Resorts and golf courses dot the dry and most populated areas, while active volcanoes, stretches of multi-colored sand, and waterfalls do a great job of hiding in almost impossible to get to spots. Almost impossible. On the Viator VIP: Sunset Champagne Helicopter Tour from Kona guests get a glimpse of remote sections of coast, volcanic hotspots and lush valleys, some so remote, many locals have never seen them.
Spring isn’t a really a season in Hawaii (there’s really just winter and summer), but the successive weeks that form Spring Break are one of the busiest times of the year. In March and April, the weather on Oahu is still warmer than the majority of the mainland U.S., and humpback whales are still splashing in the blue waters offshore. Tens of thousands of college students suddenly have the week off, and families and students from across the country choose to spend the holiday in paradise. Given the warmth and the natural beauty, the most popular spring break activities on Oahu almost all take place outdoors, and Honolulu pulses deep into the night with the best nightlife in the state. So, if your Spring Break plans involve tickets to Hawaii—or you just happen to be a in town—the following are some the most popular activities for Spring Break on Oahu.
The Road to Hāna may have a reputation, but after all the twists, turns and waterfall watching, it’s hard to beat a day at the beach. From surfing and canoeing to napping in the sun, Hāna’s diverse personality leaves an impression in its sand. From black, to red to white, folks have a colorful selection of beach options.