Activities you HAVE to do in Hawaii!

Abby Honea
Abby Honea 9 Min Read

Welcome to the ultimate guide for experiencing Hawaii like never before! Get ready to immerse yourself in the rich culture, breathtaking landscapes, and exhilarating adventures that the Hawaiian Islands have to offer.

From exploring lush rainforests to lounging on pristine beaches, Hawaii boasts a plethora of activities that you simply can’t miss. Whether you’re seeking adrenaline-pumping thrills or tranquil moments of serenity,

Hawaii is not a state of mind, but a state of grace.

Paul Theroux

Hawaii has something for everyone. Join us as we uncover the top activities you HAVE to do in Hawaii, ensuring an unforgettable journey filled with unforgettable memories. Aloha and let the adventure begin!

Go to the Lavender Fields

Lavender is not native to Hawaii. In fact, it survives in cooler climates. It was actually created as a botanical garden in 2001 by Ali’i Chang, an agricultural artist. The Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm is on the slopes steps away from the Haleakala Crater on the Island of Maui. They offer garden tours, treat and products filled with lavender from the fields around the store. These fields alone have 45 different types of lavender and other native Hawaiian plants. At this specific spot you can enjoy the Lavender fields with view of the ocean. The farm is home to over 55 thousand different plants. 

This farm gives you a panoramic view of Hawaiian terrain and ocean which makes it the best place to wander around for a couple hours just looking at the scenery around you. There are guided walking tours of course that are offered from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm daily that covers many parts of the history, plans for its future and the inspiration behind it all.  These types of tours last around 35 minutes and are 12 dollars a person. There are more extensive tours that take place on five-person golf carts which arrive twice a day including lunch and snacks. ‘

Go to the Pineapple Fields

There are so many different Pineapple fields around the islands within the Haliimaile and Oahu farms being some of the popular ones. The Dole Plantation can be found in Oahu, you know the leading pineapple supplier for the country if not the world. The Dole Pineapple plantation is open year-round and only closed on Christmas day. It was originally a fruit stand that operated in 1950 and then opened its doors to the public for tours in 1989 for Hawaii’s Pineapple experience. To date, Dole Pineapple Plantation is one of the visited tours in Oahu. The tickets range from 7 to 26 dollars for adults with only a few dollars different for the children. The attractions could include the train tour, the garden tour and the pineapple maze. 

Go to a Luau

There are many different Luaus to choose from on the Islands and are easy to find around whatever island you are staying on. Usually, the bigger hotels have Luau’s on location nightly. If that’s not the case for your hotel here are some that are great options. There is one is Kapolei which is one the island of Oahu. Chief’s Luau features the world fire knife champion and other Polynesian cultural aspects especially watching the hula and the Polynesian show. While enjoying a Polynesian show, you will be able to enjoy a Hawaiian feast. It cost about 155 dollars and lasts about 2 hours. 

Go on an outrigger canoe

This is an amazing and once in a lifetime type of experiences especially when given the history of the outriggers and the Hawaiian culture that goes along with the experience. It is an adventure like no other to embark on the outrigger canoe through the ocean. While on the tour, guided by a local Hawaiian, you will be able to learn about the histories of Kealakekua Bay which just happens to be one of the most sacred in all of Hawaii. There are caves and other wonderous sights to be seen while also getting the opportunity to snorkel with dolphins at one of the monuments. The cost of these types of tours are about $125 per person and last for a few hours. 

Snorkeling or Scuba Diving

Speaking of snorkeling, this is one of the best ways to experience the wildlife and magnificent ocean that can be found in the Hawaiian Islands. You can always have tour such as the outrigger canoe that also combines the snorkeling or just book a tour to go snorkeling or scuba diving. There are so many options for a group to chose from that you can’t really go wrong. Turtle Canyon snorkeling, the Molokini Crater or Turtle cove are some of the more popular tour areas for snorkeling. Snorkeling per person can range from 85 dollars to around 180 dollars depending on what type of adventure you will be going on and how many adventures there are along the way. 

Hollywood movie sites tour

There are tours that visit the sites of Hollywood movies such as the classics Pearl Harbor and Jurassic Park on a tour through Kualoa Ranch. This type of tour is about 60 dollars a person and lasts about 2 hours. This tour is on the coast of Oahu where you and your group will ride a vintage bus through the sites of the classics plus looks at where 50 first dates, Lost, Hawaii-Five-O, and even where Godzilla’s footprint has been put for the movie. Be sure to listen closely as the guide shows you where the Jurassic Park’s dinosaur chase was filmed. Then continuing the tour to Kaneohe Bay, you can see where parts of Pirates of the Caribbean 4 was filmed. Be ready for a wealth of information and adventure. 

Guided tours and waterfalls

There are many amazing waterfalls and scenery throughout the islands of Hawaii. One Tour excursion is called the Hidden Gems of Hawaii in Oahu. The guided tours throughout Hawaii will be sure to not disappoint. These types of tours cost anywhere from 85 to 170 dollars a person. 

Pearl Harbor USS Arizona Memorial

Probably the most sobering but meaningful tours that you should take while in Hawaii is touring the Pearl Harbor USS Arizona Memorial. The USS Arizona went down on December 7, 1941, what’s now known as Pearl Harbor Day. This attack triggered the United States involvement in World War II. Please if you have time, go and visit the memorial and stay for a tour to learn the history of the people that served and died for their country so long ago. The cost of these tickets to explore the histories in a narrated or deluxe tour ranges from 8 dollars to 18 dollars a person.

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Abbey has plenty of travel knowledge from her travels across America, including in her own area; Georgia.
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