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Which Hawaiian Islands are Best for an Adventurous Holiday?

Which Hawaiian Islands are Best for an Adventurous Holiday?

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In the melodic Hawaiian language, the phrase "Kipona Aloha" translates to 'deep love.' Some of us are just born with the spirit of an adventurer, with wanderlust an intrinsic part of our personality. We have a Kipona Aloha for anything that gets the adrenaline pumping or our hearts racing - so it's no surprise that an adventurous holiday is right up our alley.

Hawai`i is an excellent place for an adventure-filled vacation. The rolling ocean waves are a water sports playground and the mountainous, volcanic terrain is itching to be hiked. Check out which islands are best suited for this kind of vacay. 


Water activities and sports. Fearless surfers can make their way to the roaring waves of Waimea Bay, charging through giant barrel waves in style.

That's not to say there aren't land-based adventures to be had. Go Hawai`i notes that there are 35 hiking trails on O’ahu, many with picturesque panoramic views of the beaches and ocean spreading out into the distance. Off-roading on ATVs and mountain biking are also on offer at many O’ahu tours, if you have a need for speed. 

To complete the trio of sea, land and sky, complete your thrilling time in O’ahu with a staggering 5,181 metre skydive. You head into the clouds from the historic Dillingham Airfield, and drop towards the North Shore of O’ahu, widely regarded as one of the most beautiful places to skydive. 

With an impressive 180 linear kilometres of shoreline, the island of O’ahu is a haven for those of you who want to build up to this epic extravaganza, start with parasailing or parachuting at a lesser height of 243 metres above the pure white sands of Waikiki beach. Sun on your cheeks, wind in your hair, the sound of the ocean surging beneath as you glide in the sky - heavenly. 


Explore the sea in Molokini. You can go scuba diving in the crystal clear waters here to be immersed beside a delightful array of marine life, also great for snorkelling. Lucky ones may also find that they are swimming beside the majestic green sea turtles that frequent the waters of Hawai`i. Here, the locals call these peaceful creatures 'honu'. 

If you want to get out the water and enjoy the thrills of seeing the seas onboard a raft, blue water rafting tours abound in Maui for your delight. You raft through sea caves and lava arches inside a hidden volcanic coastline, and in certain seasons can also raft beside dolphins. Humpback whales have also been known to spout and come to surface near ocean rafts, which, if you're lucky enough to experience, will be a memory to cherish for a lifetime. 

Hawaii’s Big Island

Now, when people usually describe Hawaii’s Big Island, they talk about how relaxing the vibe here is. Don't let that deter you from pursuing a high-adrenaline journey here, because the Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park based on this island is worth visiting for thrill seekers. 

Once a month, a guided hike to the volcanic region's Kahuku Unit is lead by Rangers, who will also enrich your journey by sharing historic and geological information about the lava you are walking above. The Crater Rim Drive Tour will enable you to see first hand grey steam and smoke rising up from the volcano you are upon, a goosebump-raising reminder of Mother Nature's power. 

If you want to stay in this exciting environment for a wee while, stay in the Nāmakanipaio and Kulanaokuaiki drive-in campgrounds of the Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. 

So there you have it, adventurers! Hawai`i awaits you. A hui hou kakou - Until we meet again. 

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