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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

The coolest opportunity to get up close with amazing creatures!

We got to see a flock of 13 manta rays on our dive, by far one of the coolest experiences I’ve had to date. The tour operators were so much fun, extremely knowledgeable, made us feel safe and had quite a bit of humor to quell any nerves. The boat ride over to the site and back was set to a fun playlist and it was a nice touch to have some beverages available. Would do this again in a heartbeat!

Big Island: Night Manta Ray Adventure Reviewed by Erica, 10/03/2019

A must see when you visit Hawaii and the Oahu island.

Had a great time on the trail. Did the audio tour. Was very informative. Learned the history of diamond Head and how the trail was pain stakenly built. Drink plenty of water though. Audio tour is slow and it is hot on the trail. If the wind is blowing you will cool off quick once you reach the top. Hold your hat. It might fly off. Great times. Beautiful view.

A must on your to do list when you visit Hawaii.

Very educational. Learned a lot about the world at the time. The point of view of both sides. The hardships the survivors endured. How war was waged and how it changed. Air craft carriers became the new big gun. Staff was very well informed and professional. Everything was ran efficient and on time.

Knowledgeable & friendly crew. Saw & swam with amazing turtles!

The crew was great, friendly, knowledgeable, went over safety thoroughly before we left and made the trip very fun. No reflection on the crew but the marine life at the crater was a little lacking, the turtles over at “Turtle Town” were absolutely amazing! Would definite recommend this crew!

Fantastic Kayaking and Snorkeling With Matt

This excursion was a great time. We snorkeled with several turtles and around coral reef (Turtle Arches). My wife and I have never kayaked before, but Matt gave us ample instruction and made us feel safe the entire trip. He is a knowledgeable guide and made things fun.

Maui: Turtle Town Kayak and Snorkel Tour Reviewed by Richard, 10/12/2019