I have a lot of clients getting ready to travel to Hawaii, so what better way to embrace that than to blog about things to do there!? Hawaii is breathtaking. But, if you don’t plan correctly for your list of to-dos, you’ll be scrambling to get all the things you want to see in. So, choose wisely.
This can be one of the best ways to check a couple sights off your list and save you hoards of time during your vacation on travel around the islands. You get to see more for your time spent.
Humpback Whales off the coast of Maui
You’ll want to plan your trip between January and March to see these beautiful gentle giants. More than 10,000 of these amazing creatures visit the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary each year to their wintering grounds from Alaska to mate, give birth and nurse their young in the crystal-clear shallow waters between the islands.
Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park on Hawaii
Diverse landscapes spread over thousands of acres and seven ecosystems make this a sight to see. Don’t forget to take a dip in the thermal pools and see the Rainbow Falls.
Waimea Canyon on Kauai’s West Side
A geological marvel at 13 miles long, 1.5 miles wide and 2750ft deep. Check the weather and don’t go on a cloudy day. There are some great hikes and amazing views.
The North Shore of Oahu
A laid back surf community boasts monstrous waves. Watch surfers brave the waves. Pro surf competitions in the months of November and December can be a sight to see. No matter what you go to the North Shore of Oahu to do, you’ll see amazing natural beauty.
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Oahu’s Southeast Coast
Snorkling with green sea turtles and reef fish on what used to be a volcanic crater. A truly cool sight to see!
Mule Ride on Molokai
This is one ride you won’t forget! Sandy shorelines, sharp trails and great history. Kalaupapa Guided Mule Tour is who you’re looking for for this excursion!
Swim with Manta Rays off the Kona Koast (Big Island)
Watch the stingerless rays gulp plankton and stare in awe at the 6-12 ft wingspan! Jack’s Diving Locker will help you strap on a tank for a front row seat to watch these giants flip through the water.
Authentic Hawaiian Cuisine in Kalihi, Oahu
In a neighborhood West of downtown Honolulu, there’s usually a line outside the door o Helena’s Hawaiian Food. Look forward to kalua pig, luau squid, octopus, pip laula short ribs, fried butterfish collars and poi.
Rent A Car on Maui
Drive the Road to Hana (Highway 36 and 360) full of one land bridges and cruves galore. Hana is a small town on the Eastern shore that is rich with Hawaiian culture. Paia Sugar Mill is a great breakfast spot and there are roadside fruit stands with local treats to die for. Check out the waterfall poos at Puaa Kaa State Wayside Park. Pull over near Hana at Kahanu garden to see the Hawaiian temple. Then hit up the black sand beach at Waianapanapa State Park. Cool off at Oheo Gulch at the Kipahulu side of Haleakala National Park. Dive route 378 to Haleakala National Park for sunrise or sunset from the volcano’s summit.
Iolani Palace, Oahu
Built in 1882, the 102 room palace displays lavish history.
Na Pali Coast, Kaui
A 22 mile round trip of unspoiled cliffs, valleys and scenic views.
Constantly shifting lava flows and black sand beaches among lush rainforest.
Swim with the Dolphins on the Big Island
Spinner dolphins are year round residents of the Big Island. Go see them near Kona.
Visit the historic site of the World War II bombing and the bombing. Book this ahead of time, it sells out almost every morning for on-site tickets!