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.
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.
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.
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.
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.