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10 Unmissable Activities and Attractions in Hawaii

You may not know this, but Hawaii is made up of eight unique islands. The most visited islands include Oahu, Maui, the Big Island and Kauai. Discover the smaller islands of Lanai and Molokai on a scenic flight or boat tour. Check out our top ten things to see and do in Hawaii.

Diamond Head

Right next to Waikiki Beach is Diamond Head. Its life has been varied - first it was a volcano, then an army base, and now it's a hikable mountain providing wonderful views!

Pearl Harbor

The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor during World War II is one of the biggest tragedies in American history. Visit the memorial to the USS Arizona and learn about its tragic history.

Volcanoes National Park

Take a journey to the center of the earth... almost. See active lava while hiking across craters and unique rock formations. Volcanoes National Park is home to some of the world’s most active volcanoes.

Whale Watching

Every year, majestic whales migrate back to the islands to mate. Whale watching season runs from mid-December to the beginning of April every year.

Hawaiian Luau

A luau is a traditional celebration accompanied with entertainment. In Hawaii, families and friends gather to enjoy food and festivities like hula dancing and live music.

Waimea Canyon

Hike Waimea Canyon, located on the lush island of Kauai. Here, you will find stark contrasts of rock and green forests.

Snorkel Molikini Crater

Explore the protected marine sanctuary of Molikini Crater. See wildlife, such as turtles, coral reef and even monk seals.

Iolani Palace

In 1879, King Kalakaua built his Iolani Palace in Honolulu, which is the only official royal residence in the United States today. Definitely take a guided tour!

Drive the Road to Hana

Drive down the famous winding Road to Hana. This epic voyage takes you through lush tropical forests and past cascading waterfalls all along the way.

Haleakala National Park

Watch the sun rise at the top of Haleakala National Park on the beautiful island of Maui. Not an early riser? Bike down the mountain during the day, or try stargazing at night.

Our insider tips

When should I go?

Depending on what you want to see, Hawaii is a top destination year round. If you’re looking for sunshine, visit from April to September. Rainy season from November to March coincides with whale watching season. This is a popular time of year to visit, as you are almost guaranteed to see whales.

What's the weather like?

Unsurprisingly, very warm - no wonder Hawaii is such a popular vacation destination! However, depending on the side of the island you are on, you will experience very different temperatures and weather. This unique terrain offers sunny beaches to the west, tropical showers to the north, and some freezing cold weather on the top of the craters such as Haleakala. Pack alternative clothing if you're going on an excursions.

How long should I stay?

Although in terms of land area it's one of the smallest US states, it's not necessarily easy to get around Hawaii in a small amount of time - there are quite a few islands with so much to see. If you'd like to get a lot out of your trip, plan two weeks and stay at least three days per island.

Good to know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    USD ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-10:00)
  • Country Code
    +1
  • Best time to visit
    Spring may be the best time to visit due to the warm temperatures and lack of rainfall, making hiking and beach visits pleasant. Summer is dry, but the temperature gets very hot, the humidity is high, and the surf is down.

What people are saying about Hawaii

We had such a great time on this trip- wonderful sights, food and fun!

We really enjoyed the Road to Hāna trip with Justin as our guide. We loved seeing and stopping at waterfalls and beaches along the way, as well as the delicious BBQ lunch and yummy snacks provided by our guide. He shared lots of interesting information with us and was an expert driver. The Road to Hāna is filled with so many beautiful sites and places to stop, and while we didn’t stop at all of them, we definitely stopped at the best ones! I enjoyed going around the back side and continuing the loop instead of turning around, as there were a lot of interesting things and less traffic on I left with a greater sense of the history, geography, plant life and culture of Maui, as well as a desire to learn and explore more!

Maui: Small Group Road to Hāna Sightseeing Tour Reviewed by Karye, 07/30/2019

Just do it! A day trip from anywhere is worth the time spent here!

How quickly we forget but what an incredible reminder of how fragile peace can be and how easily freedom would be lost without a willingness to fight for it and to the death if need be. This memorial is so very well done and maintained. Boarding the memorial is off limits for the time being but soon... The half-day excursion is great and effective but a full day would not seem long enough either. It is a memorial and will strike the chords of every emotion within but is not just sadness. Hopes are high! Beautifully done.

Excellent crew, service, boat, and experience!!

What an incredible afternoon. We had a fabulous time on the Calypso! Our captain was extremely thorough and helpful. The crew was superb with their service, attention to detail, instructions to everyone with the snorkeling gear and the food/drinks. We certainly lucked out with the weather and conditions, but I feel like we hit the jackpot with this boat. Wonderful job!!

I am afraid of the ocean - But this was amazing!

I am deathly afraid of the ocean and I loved this tour because I was able to join my family on the floating blue mat at the back of the boat. Normally, i just watch my husband and daughter enjoy the snorkeling but this time I was able to join them in the water. Also, loved all the information about the ocean and preservation. WELL WORTH IT!

Excellent! Worth seeing and informative.

It was an excellent trip and our tour guide Eddie was fantastic. He was very informative and gave us sufficient time on the tour so we didn’t have to rush around. I would have preferred though to halt at the USS Arizona Memorial just to reflect and mourn the loss of lives on that day in history. On the whole a must do event!