Top Activities to do in Hawaii

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We are probably all dreaming of a holiday in the sun right now while we’re stuck at home in quarantine. Who wouldn’t want a break from it all on the beautiful islands of Hawaii. Here are some of the best ways to stay fit and experience all the best parts of Hawaii.

Learn How To Surf

There is no better way to connect with the spirit of Hawaii and the ocean than riding a wave off of the shore of Kona. According to, surfing is an art form that has been passed through generations of Hawaiians who have developed a unique bond with the ocean. Learning how to surf also requires you to face some fears and have a lot of courage, so it’s a thrilling activity for adventure seekers and anyone who loves an adrenaline rush. There is no way to explain in words the feeling of riding a wave; you have to actually experience it for yourself. So go out there and give it a try!

Surfing is a lot of fun but in order to learn you need to work with a teaching professional. As you plan your trip, be sure to schedule your lesson well in advance so you get the date and time that you will be on the island.

Surfers from above
Surfers from above

Go Snorkeling

Another option for people who love the water is to go snorkeling. Unlike scuba diving, which requires certification, snorkeling is on the surface of the water. You can still get a glimpse of the world underwater without needing an air tank or extra gear.

Sea turtle
Sea turtle

Visit A National Park

Hiking, sauntering, walking… Whatever you choose to call it, there are many state and national parks in Hawaii that have rare views. Hawaii boasts of many incredible National Parks that have sights unseen anywhere else in the world including Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.

Napali Coast
Napali Coast

Stand-up Paddleboarding

It’s a rare opportunity to see the ocean from above the ocean itself. But every now and then it’s good to take time off of land to explore from above the water. Paddleboarding is different from surfing and kayaking, even though all of them are watersports. Like surfing, you use a board but in a completely different way, without your hands and by standing on it. It’s very likely that you will fall in your first time, but that’s part of the fun! Powering yourself with a paddle, it’s not only great exercise but lots of fun for individuals and groups.

Stand-up paddle boarding
Stand-up paddle boarding


Some of the best outdoor adventures start by gently stepping onto a kayak and rowing out. Kayaking is a lot more stable than paddleboarding and great for either a solo adventure or in a double with someone else, The chances of falling over are a lot less, so it’s a more dry activity, but remember that anytime you’re on the water there is a chance you will get wet. Like paddleboarding, many kayak rental shops offer tours with a guide, so you can call ahead to schedule a kayak session.

Kayaks on the beach
Kayaks on the beach

Final Tips For A Better Visit

Always check the website or call ahead of any business you want to visit during your stay to ensure that you get a reservation. Surf shops and outdoor recreation companies can be busy, and if you don’t reserve a spot then you might find yourself missing out on a guided tour or session with an instructor. You can also save time by filling out waivers and paying before you arrive so you can get outside faster!

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Meghan Waters Mbaye

Meghan is a contributor for Backpacker Travel. She is an avid traveler who is always up for a new adventure. Meghan loves exploring new parts of the world, especially in Africa and Latin America.

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