Hawaii is one of the most popular vacation spots and with good reason. Known for its beautiful beaches, incredible scenery, waterfalls, volcanoes and more, it is a perfect place for relaxing, learning and going on exciting adventures. There are so many amazing things to do when visiting the Aloha State, so if you’re planning a trip, here are 10 of the best things to do in Hawaii.
Hanauma Bay State Park
On the island of Oahu is Hanauma Bay State Park. It is a short drive from Honolulu, which is the capital of Hawaii and is a popular port on a Hawaii cruise. Hanauma bay is protected and is a marine life conservation area. It is known for being one of the best places to go snorkeling. When snorkeling here, you can see hundreds of different kinds of tropical fish and lots of green sea turtles.
Haleakala National Park
Haleakala National Park is located on the island of Maui. In Hawaiian, Haleakala means “house of the sun”. When you visit here, you can either hike or drive up the Haleakala volcanic crater. From the top of the summit, you can witness the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets you’ll ever see. Other amazing sights in the park include waterfalls and red deserts.
Waianapanapa State Park
Another place to visit on the island of Maui is Waianapanapa State Park. The park has many incredible things to see including the black sand beach, Pailoa, freshwater caves, a hala forest and The King’s Highway hiking trail.
The Auau Channel between the Hawaiian islands of Maui, Lanai, and Molokai is one of the best places in the world to go whale watching. On a boat tour here, you can see humpback whales and might even be able to see them breach.
Diamond Head State Monument
Hawaii is ranked as one of the best states for hiking. Diamond Head State Monument is one of the most popular hiking trails in the United States and is one of the most popular state parks in Hawaii. The trail is fairly easy to the top, where you can see the crater and get amazing panoramic views of Honolulu and the Pacific Ocean.
Polynesian Cultural Center
The Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie, Hawaii on Oahu gives you the opportunity to learn about the heritage, culture and traditions of 6 Pacific Islands. You can try traditional foods at a Polynesian luau and then watch a nighttime show full of traditional dances and songs.
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
The Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden is a beautiful place to learn about and see tropical plants. It has over 2,000 species of tropical plants such as bananas, orchids, bamboo, jackfruit and more. You can follow peaceful nature trails through the garden to see the plants, streams and waterfalls.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, located in Hilo, Hawaii, is home to two active volcanoes, Maunaloa and Kilauea. Kilauea is one of the most active volcanoes on the earth. On a visit here you can also hike through volcanic craters and see Pu‘u Loa Petroglyphs.
Waimea Canyon State Park
Waimea Canyon, located on the island of Kauai, is known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. On a visit to Waimea Canyon State Park, you can enjoy beautiful scenic drives, hiking trails, lookout points, places to picnic and trout fishing.
Nā Pali Coast State Wilderness Park
Also on the island of Kauai is Nā Pali Coast State Wilderness Park. The Nāpali Coast is one of the most beautiful coasts in the world. When visiting here, you can hike through the wilderness and will be amazed by the sea cliffs, valleys, waterfalls and streams.
Whether you want to relax, learn or go on an adventure, there are so many things to do and see on a trip to Hawaii. If you’re planning to visit the Aloha State, make sure you do these things while you’re there.