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.
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.
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.
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.
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.