The Wildlife of Hawaii

The Wildlife of Hawaii

There are so many incredible aspects to a Hawaiian vacation that it’s practically impossible to list all of them, but if we had to pinpoint one of our favorite parts of living in the tropics of the Pacific, it may be the wildlife that shares our paradise.

As you make your way through the islands, you may find yourself coming across some truly unique and special creatures, each of which call this magnificent land home. Should you want to know what to look out for ahead of time, we’ve put together this quick list of some of beautiful and fascinating wildlife of Hawaii, from the depths of the Pacific to the densest forests.

In the Depths

Dolphins – If you’re within Hawaiian waters, chances are you’ll happen across these majestic creatures. Swimming in pods, dolphins are playful and curious creatures, so don’t be alarmed if they come close. They’re just saying “Hi!”

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Hawaiian Monk Seal

Hawaiian Monk Seals – These big guys like to bask on quiet beaches, but be careful around these unique creatures. Not only are they one of Hawaii’s critically endangered species, they’re also a little grumpy around people.

 

 

 

 

Honu – Also known as Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles, these gliding reptiles are about as docile as marine creatures come. These endangered turtles are aumakua (personal spirits) for many Hawaiian people. They’re also very shy, and may try to escape if you get too close, but they’re an amazing sight as they swim about the depths of the ocean.

Humpback Whales – If you’re out on the water during the winter months, you may catch a glimpse of these incredible behemoths from a distance. Listen closely as they communicate with one another in hauntingly beautiful song.

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Manta Ray

Manta Rays – Fascinating creatures these are, you can actually enjoy some late-night snorkeling with manta rays.

 

 

 

 

 

On Land

Geckos – The best thing about our geckos is that they won’t try to sell you car insurance! Incredibly common throughout the islands, expect to see these guys scampering all over the place.

Mongoose – Don’t expect to get too close to these speedy mammals. They’re not looking to make friends and are often seen scurrying across roads on all the islands except Kauai, where they were never introduced.

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Nene

Nene – Hawaii’s state bird, the nene is an endangered goose endemic to the Hawaiian Islands. After coming back from near-extinction, there are believed to be fewer than 2,500 nene alive. Please keep your distance, especially if you notice babies nearby.

 

 

 

 

 

In the Skies

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Pueo

There are quite a few species of birds you can expect to see as you explore the islands, especially if you opt to go ziplining through the canopies of the richest rainforests. You may spot anything from day-hunting owls (pueo)—another Hawaiian aumakua—to honeycreepers and thrushes. Closer to the water, expect ducks, coots, tilts, and herons.

Enjoying Hawaii’s Speedy Thrills

Enjoying Hawaii’s Speedy Thrills

Are you the type who loves to feel the roar of an engine beneath you? Are you quick to jump at the chance of high-speed experiences wherever you go? Are you looking for an incredible thrill during your time in the Hawaiian Islands?

Well, you can stop looking, because we’ve narrowed down two amazing experiences that you’ll want to try out at some point while you’re enjoying our tropical islands. If it’s speed and adrenaline you’re looking for, then you’ll be pleased to hear that both can be found during an ATV trek across rugged terrain or a wave-jumping experience of jet skiing over the Pacific.

Take the wheel and enjoy the islands in a way that lets you enjoy Hawaii’s beauty while fulfilling those more primal needs with a high-speed, bumpy excursion.

ATVs around Hawaii

Kualoa Ranch ATV TrailsThere’s plenty of open land across the islands, and it would be a waste if some of it didn’t become the site of an ATV off-road experience. The rolling plains are just one of the many fascinating features of the island you can experience behind the wheel of your very own all-terrain vehicle.

Cruise across a huge diversity of different plant and wildlife as you careen over the different courses, all of which were cut into the dense jungles, over the rich stretches of green, and sometimes even near the coastline, where the roar of the engine of your ATV threatens to drown out the waves crashing against the shore.

A Hawaii ATV experience is one of the most-recommended activities for its combination of non-stop thrills and the awe and wonder of driving through a tropical rainforest. Blast an ATV over dirt paths, around tight corners, and through some of the most stunning sights Hawaii has to offer.

A Water-soaked Thrill Ride

Jet Ski Rental SingleA giant expanse of blue awaits those who want to explore it, and one of the best ways to do so is on the back of a jet ski. Why cruise aboard a crowded, slower-moving boat when you can tackle the open Pacific on your own, steering on a whim to get to where you want to be.

Not only do you get to explore the open water on a jet ski, you also get a thrilling ride to fulfill your need for excitement. Once you feel you’ve gotten the hang of handling your jet ski, don’t hesitate to jump over the waves left in the wake of passing boats for those added moments of excitement.

Jet skiing along the coast gives you unforgettable views you just can’t get from land. If you’re off the southern shores of Oahu, you can gaze back at Honolulu and Diamond Head Crater, or if you’re zipping along the waters surrounding the Big Island, you may be able to navigate your way close to the flow of lava surging into the ocean.

 

There’s a world of wonder out there. Will you let it pass you by or are you ready to grab on tight and enjoy either—or both—of these two high-speed thrill rides?

Hiker Safety in the Hawaiian Islands

Hiker Safety in the Hawaiian Islands

The Chain of Craters, Diamond Head Crater, Pololu Valley Lookout, Crater Rim Trail, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden – it’s difficult not to find an incredible place to hike in the Hawaiian Islands. Like ziplining and lounging around on the golden sandy beaches, hiking is a pastime that travelers love to embark on. It’s important to remember, though, that the islands are a tropical environment and during the summertime, it can get a little hot and muggy, making even the easiest of hikes a potential hazard.

While we encourage all to try out any and all of Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island’s exciting walking excursions, we also want to stress hiker safety every step of the way. Whether you’re planning on scaling the 760-foot-tall Diamond Head Crater on Oahu’s southeastern coastline or just aim to stroll through the botanical gardens on the Big Island, there are a few things you should be aware of to remain as safe as possible!

Bring Plenty of Water

Hiking can be strenuous activity, especially if you’re making an uphill climb, like the one up Mauna Kea. The more energy you exert, the more water you’re going to need to drink! Unless you happen across another traveler who came with a hefty supply, there aren’t many places to refill during most hikes in the islands.

When you feel like you’ve packed enough water, throw in a little extra—it’s always better to be safe than sorry!

 

 

Dress Appropriately

Chances are if you’re hiking through the rainforests or up a volcanic crater, you’re not looking to embark on a leisurely stroll. Dress in clothing that you’re most comfortable in, typically shorts or a lightweight pair of pants, and a t-shirt. If you’re hiking up to a higher altitude, you’ll want to consider bringing a jacket, especially during the cooler months.

Never hike in open-toed shoes—especially flip-flops—as they can be extremely slippery. You’ll be walking along volcanic rock, known for being sharp and hard, and a variety of other terrain, so sturdy footwear is important.

Chances are you’re going to get dirty, so don’t wear your best clothes.

Know Your Limits

Hiker safety on strenuous trailIt’s not uncommon for people to look at a trail and assume it’s within their skill level. Just because something looks easy doesn’t mean it is. If you haven’t gone hiking in a while, consider a flat trail rather than one that takes you up slippery slopes.

Try to get a feel for the area, understand where you’ll be hiking to before actually setting out, and even ask locals for some tips about the best paths you can take. If you’re not confident in your skill or fitness levels, remember that everybody loves strolls along the beach!

The Many Hikes of Hawaii

There are many great hikes to embark on during your Hawaiian vacation, but some may be more appealing than others. Some of the more popular ones include the Diamond Head Hike, complete with an audio tour, the Manoa Falls Trail, Koko Crater Railway Trail, and the Crater Rim Trail in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

A Hawaiian Bachelorette Trip

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A Hawaiian Bachelorette Trip

You’ve finally decided to tie the knot and are already thinking about the bachelorette party festivities! We can’t really blame you, it’s one of the most exciting aspects about planning a wedding, especially when you have your eyes set on Hawaii for it.

Deciding you want to come to Hawaii for your bachelorette extravaganza is only the first part of the fun. Knowing what to do when you get here is just as important, especially considering you’re traveling with the people closest to you and this trip represents your final stretch of the single life.

So, what Hawaiian blasts can boost your bachelorette fun? There’s so much more than you might think…

A Bit of Ocean

It sure seems like a no-brainer that you should spend some of your time in the islands enjoying the refreshing waters of the Pacific. The vast ocean is actually a wonderfully diverse location in which to enjoy some time, and you’re going to find that there’s more to experience than can fit in a day.

Na Pali Snorkel & Sightseeing TourIf you have an adventurous spirit, you’re no doubt up for snorkeling in the deep blue. A great way to explore the underwater world that thrives beneath the surface, snorkeling is your ticket to a “meet-and-greet” with the finest wildlife, such as docile green turtles, friendly dolphins, and colorful tropical fish.

Maybe you’d like to stay above the surface and take on some of the rolling waves coming your way. Surfing, paddle boarding, sailing, water jet pack riding – pick your adventure and enjoy your day on the water! Whichever you opt for, a day on the ocean is a great means of enjoying your final days of singledom.

A Little Culture

You can’t come to the Hawaiian Islands and miss out on all the little tidbits of Polynesian culture that await. The best way to just dive head first into local culture is to enjoy an authentic Hawaiian luau. From the arrival and introductions to the festivities to the engaging entertainment pulled from all throughout the Pacific, a luau is your journey into the history and culture of the Hawaiian people.

Enjoy a glorious spread of food—authentic dishes cooked up with locally-grown ingredients—and watch as the main course, a whole roasted pig, is pulled out of the earth in the customary imu ceremony. Follow this up with a selection of desserts and you have yourself the ideal bachelorette dinner!

Fly High

Zipline Through Paradise Girl

Want to feel what real freedom feels like before tying the knot? Strap in to a Hawaiian zipline and let yourself soar high over the island’s changing terrain. Your feet dangle just over the canopies of the dense palms and forests as you zip across the rugged terrain, passing by everything from the golden coastline to the rolling plains.

It’s easily one of Hawaii’s most popular activities and would make a great closer for your bachelorette weekend in our tropical paradise in the Pacific.

Na Pali Coast Adventures for Everyone

Na Pali Coast Adventures for Everyone

The Hawaiian coastline is more than just a beautiful overlook of the sparkling waters of the Pacific, it’s a stretch of adventure for all the waterbugs who turn to the Hawaiian Islands for their much-needed vacation. Just off the coastline of each island of this tropical chain, a world of adventure awaits, and they’re all flush with choices. Take the Na Pali Coast, off Kauai. At the base of mountainous ridges is a hidden oasis of thrills and water adventures that enable visitors to embark on a series of exciting activities and unforgettable journeys.

On the northwestern edge of Kauai,  the Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park is a beautiful mix of greenery and blue ocean, but most impressive is the selection of things to do just in this one sliver of the island.

The Many Thrills of the Na Pali Coast

The crystal blue waters that lie just beyond the coast are as inviting as they come, so don’t be surprised if the urge to jump right in sneaks up on you. That’s where activities like snorkeling come in, as it lets you jump into the refreshing waters and explore the underwater world living beyond the island.

Na Pali Coast SnorkelingThe waters of the Pacific aren’t just filled with living coral, so expect to come face-to-face with some truly stunning creatures. Tropical fish, green sea turtles, and the occasional pod of dolphins are known to let their curiosity get the best of them when new faces enter their submerged world. Sight-see below the surface of the ocean after a comfortable ride aboard a rigid inflatable boat or catamaran—the Na Pali Coast isn’t accessible by car! Don’t be surprised to find some of these creatures have no fear as they swim right beside you.

If you’re the type who loves speed, you can couple your snorkeling adventure with some performance sailing. Whether you’ve touched a sailboat before or not isn’t important, as you learn everything there is to know about performance sailing off the coast of Na Pali. Cut across the smooth surface as the wind whips against you, giving you that sense of freedom you should experience during a vacation in the tropics.

Maybe it’s not thrills you’re looking for, but a little R&R. Some peace and quiet in the mid-morning sun. If that’s the case, then the Na Pali fishing charter is the experience that will fit you perfectly. Relax in the warm sun and wait patiently for the fish to start biting. With a full-day, 8-hour charter available, they will eventually bite!

Don’t Forget…

When you’re facing a day of thrills, adventure, and relaxation, you might not think of everything, but don’t forget to pack some sunscreen! No matter how you decide to enjoy the Na Pali shores, keep in mind that you’re in direct, tropical sunlight, which is known to give a nasty sunburn!