Activities That Keep Your Feet (Mostly) on the Ground

Activities That Keep Your Feet (Mostly) on the Ground

Everybody talks about ziplining and helicopter rides and hikes up 760 feet of volcanic crater, but if you’re not crazy about heights, these activities probably don’t sound very appealing to you. We’d love to be able to talk you into at least trying them, because they are truly unforgettable. For now, we just want to assure you that when you come to the Hawaiian Islands there are plenty of things you can do on the ground that are just as memorable.

ATV Excursions

Whether you’re cruising across the open plains of Kualoa Ranch or thundering down a technical track cut through Oahu’s dense forest, there’s plenty of fun to be had on an ATV. Ride side-by-side with a passenger or go solo, either way you’re in for some incredible views of the dense vegetation of the island, the vast open fields, the towering mountains – all of the features that give Oahu its natural beauty.

At Kualoa Ranch, you drive by spots used in filming Hollywood blockbusters, adding another layer of excitement to this Oahu escapade.

If it’s adventure you want, behind the wheel of an ATV is where you’ll find it. If strolling along at a leisurely pace doesn’t do anything for you, you’ll love the opportunity to zip around a dirt track, careening around turns and splashing through mud puddles as you race to the end of the track.

Lava Hikes

Lava hike

On the Big Island, you’ll find the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, a large swatch of land carved out for two of the island’s massive volcanoes. The site of historic and current eruptions, the park gives you the opportunity to trek over ancient lava that’s cooled and hardened over the years.

 

 

 

 

Snorkeling

Okay, your feet aren’t technically on the ground for this, but you’re also nowhere near a high altitude. And anyway, snorkeling gives you a look at the underwater world that surrounds the islands.

Explore the waters of the Pacific to get up-close and personal with some of Mother Nature’s most beautiful sea life. Colorful tropical fish go about their business while more curious creatures like green sea turtles swim by you, as if to say “hello, stranger.”

If you’re lucky, the true clowns of the sea, spinner dolphins, will stop by excitedly. They love newcomers and are happy to welcome them to their underwater world.

Shark Diving

Yes, sharks. Don’t panic! The creatures you meet through your sturdy steel shark cage are more nervous about you than you are about them. After spending a little while around you, they often get more confident and may swim closer so you can get a better look at their majestic beauty.

 

 

 

 

 

Top Tours in the Hawaiian Islands

Top Tours in the Hawaiian Islands

An island paradise brimming with complex beauty and a vast array of entertainment and adventure. The Hawaiian Islands are the ultimate vacation spot, providing guests with so much to do that it would require multiple trips to see and do everything each island has to offer.

Since you’re planning a Hawaiian experience of your own, we’d like to make your life a little easier and highlight a few of the top tours you should consider taking while you’re here. We’ve chosen experiences that will showcase the beauty of the islands, the rich history, the opportunity for fun and thrills, and even a peek at the underwater world surrounding the island chain.

Pearl Harbor Arizona Memorial and Battleship Missouri Tour

USS Arizona Memorial with Battleship Missouri

Arguably the most important place you’ll come across during your Hawaiian visit, Pearl Harbor, on the island of Oahu, is the site of the December 7th, 1941 Japanese surprise attack. When the two-hour assault ended, over 2,400 Americans had been killed.

These two Pearl Harbor locations embody two very different aspects of the attack and the war that followed. At one end of the arc of the history of World War II in the Pacific is the USS Arizona Memorial, dedicated to the 1,177 men who died when the mighty battleship exploded and sank to the bottom of the harbor, where she still rests today. The Battleship Missouri is a commemoration of the war’s end. Guests are able to stand on the very same deck where the Japanese signed the official documents of surrender.

This tour offers a broad look at the changes the United States went through, beginning with the moment the first bombs fell on Battleship Row.

Kualoa Ranch Zipline and ATV Tour

  ATV adventure at Kualoa Ranch

For something a lot more upbeat and thrilling, the Kualoa Ranch Zipline and ATV tour on Oahu sets you soaring high above the jungle floor on their state-of-the-art ziplines before embarking on a journey across the rolling plains and through the dense forests of Kualoa Ranch. Along your trek, keep an eye out for markers that indicate where Hollywood blockbusters were filmed. Expect to recognize locations from Godzilla, Jurassic Park, and the TV series Lost.

 

 

Maui Snorkeling Tour

Hawaiian green sea turtle

For an awe-inspiring introduction to the world of beauty and wonder that awaits beneath the glassy blue surface, embark on a short boat ride to Molokini, a small crescent island just off the coast of Maui. The crystal blue waters allow you to see everything, from the green sea turtles that have made the island’s reef their home to the colorful tropical fish that swim up to you out of sheer curiosity.

Watch and experience how the ecosystem nourishes and protects itself, and be amazed by the variety of wildlife coexisting peacefully.

 

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Tour

Big Island of Hawaii Volcano
  Kilauea Caldera

Ever wonder how the Hawaiian Islands came to be? As you walk across the rugged terrain of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island, you’ll start to understand the impact of molten lava on the chain’s formation.

The Jaggar Museum, overlooking the active Kilauea Caldera, gives you the chance to learn how violent forces of nature can completely alter the landscape, creating new land where previously there was nothing but ocean.

 

 

 

Oahu: The Gathering Place for Halloween

Oahu: The Gathering Place for Halloween

Think you know what a really good Halloween is? Oh sure, you’ve been trick or treating and hosting parties for as long as you can remember, but did you ever imagine you’d be celebrating with a trip to Hawaii?

It may seem weird trading the fun of crunchy brown leaves for the swaying palm trees of Oahu to celebrate Halloween, but don’t let the bright sun and bathing suits fool you. Folks on the island known as the Gathering Place know how to make the most of our Halloween and are happy to trade in our tan lines for fake blood.

The Gathering Place for Halloween

Aloha, pumpkin

Even though you’re probably only going to be on the island for a short amount of time, does that mean you should rob yourself of the fun of pumpkin picking? Let’s try that again: Does that mean you should rob yourself of the fun of pumpkin picking in Hawaii?

Of course not! And with Waimanalo Farm’s pumpkin patch, you can pick out a hefty pumpkin beneath the towering beauty of nearby Koolau mountain ridges. Every Saturday and Sunday throughout October, the farm is open to the public for a go at the orange orbs scattered across the ground.

If pumpkins are your thing and you enjoy the sweet treats of the season, Aloun Farms’ 17th Annual Pumpkin Festival is perfect for children and, of course, you adults. Every weekend from October 14th through the 29th, the farm hosts hayrides, pony rides, carnival games, and other Halloween activities. Should you be in town on the 28th, bring your best costume and take part in the costume contest!

For something truly unique this Halloween season, we recommend Spook Life Park. On October 21st, Oahu’s Sea Life Park transforms into a spooktacular showcase. From shows themed around the season, trick-or-treating around the park, costume contests, underwater pumpkin carving demonstrations, and a big dance party, the park shows that Oahu is the place to be on Halloween. And in case you missed it the first time, we did say underwater pumpkin carving.

Zombie!

In West Oahu, Coral Crater Adventure Park hosts a zombie apocalypse rescue mission. Take aim with state-of-the-art laser rifles, and pick off the zombies swarming through the park. You’ll ride a zipline, experience a heart-pounding free-fall, and ride on an off-road adventure to kill as many undead as you can.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Halloween, there’s nothing better than walking around Waikiki and seeing how everybody has dressed up. If you’re with kids, trick-or-treating is available all throughout the city at selected locations so they can enjoy Halloween just as if they were at home.