As the rest of the country freezes over, there’s no better time than now to take a trip to the perpetually warm and sunny Hawaiian Islands. Live in the moment and cross off more than one item off your bucket list this year with these only-in-Hawaii experiences:
- See an Active Volcano – Experience Kilauea (Hawaii Island), one of the world’s most active volcanoes, from earth, sea or sky. The most common way to see the volcano is by exploring the 330,000-acre Hawaii Volcanoes National Park by car and on foot. After sunset, Halemaumau Crater gives off a vivid glow that illuminates the clouds and the plume as it billows into the night sky. Kilauea’s lava flow is best seen from the air on a helicopter tour, or if lava is flowing into the ocean, by boat tour.
- Discover a Hidden Waterfall – Take a trek off the beaten path to enjoy some of Hawaii’s best-kept secrets like Manawaiopuna Falls on Kauai also known as Jurassic Falls for its appearance in the blockbuster hit “Jurassic Park” and only accessible via air tour; or the 400-foot Waimoku Falls on Maui – the pot of gold at the end of the Pipiwai Trail in Haleakala National Park, requiring a three to four hour hike through bamboo forests, past roaring cascades and into the green heart of the island.
- Swim with Dolphins or Manta Rays – Get up close and personal with these amazing marine creatures in their own natural environment. Embark on a morning sail off Oahu’s quiet Waianae Coast for a water encounter with Hawaiian spinner dolphins; or suit up for a nighttime dive off the Kona Coast on Hawaii Island to swim with the manta rays.
- Conquer Your Fears – Take your vacation to new heights on an adrenaline pumping skydive or zipline in the Hawaiian Islands. Whether you’re taking the plunge out of a plane above Oahu’s picturesque North Shore; or soaring over Kauai’s lush rainforest or the 250-foot Akaka Falls (Hawaii Island) by zipline, don’t forget to enjoy the incredible views along the way.
- Savor Hawaii’s Cuisine – From shave ice to sashimi, everything tastes better in Hawaii. The culinary scene in the islands has evolved to be incredibly fresh, local, ethnic, inspiring, and ono (delicious). Given the variety of food trucks, new and tried and true restaurants, and culinary festivals in Hawaii, avid foodies will find plenty to do and taste.
-by So Much More Hawaii staff