Things to do in
Hawaii

A surfer's paradise, these lush volcanic islands are synonymous with golden sunsets and friendly aloha vibes.

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Maui: Eco-Friendly Molokini and Turtle Town Tour with Lunch

1. Maui: Eco-Friendly Molokini and Turtle Town Tour with Lunch

Discover the underwater worlds of Molokini crater and Turtle Arches on this cruise from Maui. Get instruction on how to snorkel before exploring the reef. Learn about this biodiverse environment from professional naturalists. Eat a delicious breakfast before starting your trip. Enjoy a continental breakfast including pastries, fruit, and coffee before sailing out to Molokini. Molokini, Maui’s iconic crescent-shaped islet, is a beautiful reef known for its crystal clear waters, abundant coral, colorful fish, and resting seabirds. A protected marine conservation area, this volcanic crater is only accessible by boat with a certified tour operator and is the #1 snorkeling destination in Maui. Learn about the history and nature of your surroundings and the efforts being made to protect the ocean here.  Following your time at Molokini, head to Turtle Arches and enjoy a bonus snorkel site with its underwater lava formations and frequent turtle sightings. Watch for sea turtles, eels, octopi, and other reef fish. Once you are done snorkeling and have worked up an appetite, enjoy a freshly prepared lunch of grilled chicken, burgers, and salad before heading back to Ma'alaea Harbor.

Kauai: Luau Kalamaku with an Open Bar and Buffet Dinner

2. Kauai: Luau Kalamaku with an Open Bar and Buffet Dinner

Dive into local culture with a Luau Kalamaku attraction ticket. Learn the legend of Kalamakū with a thrilling show. Admire craft and cultural demonstrations like learning the Lei greeting. Discover traditional cooking with an Imu ceremony. Enjoy authentic cuisine and drinks from the open bar. Start your evening with a fresh flower Lei greeting. Immerse yourself in local culture as you watch craft and cultural demonstrations. Feel the thrill of playing traditional Hawaiian games. Purchase a ticket for the train to the Kauaʻi Plantation Railway. Find out how to cook pork like a true Hawaiian during the Imu ceremony where the pork is cooked in a pit. Sit down to a Luau buffet of poi (mashed starchy vegetables), Lomi lomi salmon, Kalua pork baked in the imu, and yellow curry Ratatouille. Dig into teriyaki chicken, pan seared fish, fresh fruits, salad, warm rice pudding, and banana crème pie. After dinner, experience the the ancient Hawaiian legend of Kalamakū (“child of the new land). Watch the story of an epic voyage taken by islanders between Tahiti and Kauaʻi on one of the longest sea roads of Polynesia. Through laughter, fear, seduction and fire, a new legacy is created, born from the cherished seeds of their ancestors. See fire poi balls and traditional fire knife dancing during the show. Have the chance to take photos with the cast at the end of the show.

From Lahaina: Sunset Dinner Cruise with Live Music

3. From Lahaina: Sunset Dinner Cruise with Live Music

Departing from Pier One in Lahaina Harbor, enjoy a relaxing sunset cruise with a delicious three course meal, listen to island-style music, and watch the sun go down while cruising the waves on a state-of-the-art catamaran. Once aboard you will be seated by our crew to tables assigned based on the size of your party. Once you’ve settled in, our table side service will begin, and the crew will bring you warm breadsticks and water. Your dinner cruise includes two free drinks, once the catamaran has motored out of the harbor, we will take your drink order. We typically serve local beers from Maui Brewing Company, Cabernet and Chardonnay wine, cocktails such as Mai-Tai's, Pina Colada's, Margarita's, Tequila Sunrise, etc., soda, juice, and water. Your meal begins with a crisp Caesar salad, homemade buttery croutons, shredded parmesan cheese, and warm breadsticks. For the main course, your options are rosemary garlic roasted prime rib, fresh Mahi-Mahi with lemon buttery caper sauce, or penne pasta with fresh Thai basil marinara sauce. On the side, enjoy freshly sourced vegetables sautéed and steamed white rice with shoyu sauce. For dessert delight in homemade double layer chocolate cake or New York-style cheesecake. Relax as the sun sets behind the distant Maui mountains, and keep an eye out for humpback whales while you enjoy your delicious dinner cruise.

Big Island: Voyagers of the Pacific Luau with Buffet

4. Big Island: Voyagers of the Pacific Luau with Buffet

Visit the Royal Kona Resort to experience an interactive luau show celebrating the rich cultural history of Hawaii with seating on the glimmering shores of Kailua Bay. Start the evening with an aloha shell lei greeting, and craft demonstrations. Soon after, feast on a delicious all-you-can-eat buffet with traditional Hawaiian dishes made with local ingredients. Savor authentic island entrees such as honey soy braised beef, and fresh-catch fish. Be treated to Big Island flavors with sides like Hawaiian sweet potatoes, coconut rolls, macaroni, and Lomi Lomi salmon salad. Enjoy stir friend vegetables and kalua style pork and cabbage. Finish off your culinary experiences with tasty favorites like Hawaiian haupia pudding and coconut cake. Sip Mai Tais, wine, beer, and soft drinks as you embrace the local culture and radiant sunset. Then, as drumbeats build, the sensational Voyagers of the Pacific Luau show unfolds on stage. Be captivated by a dramatic show inspired by Polynesian stories told through live music, song, and dance, culminating in the exciting Samoan fire knife dance finale.

Maui: Afternoon Snorkel to Coral Gardens or Molokini Crater

5. Maui: Afternoon Snorkel to Coral Gardens or Molokini Crater

Exploreone of Maui’s most impressive sites on this relaxing afternoon catamaran cruise to Molokini Crater or Coral Gardens. Dive into the rich marine biodiversity of the reefs in this partially submerged volcanic crater. Head to the meeting point at Maalaea Harbor for your check-in before boarding the Malalo catamaran. Set sail and admire the beautiful Pacific coastal views as you cruise towards your snorkel site. Stop at the ideal snorkeling location for that day. Have the option to purchase food and drink aboard. Jump into the pleasant water and look for colorful fish like parrot fish, yellow tang, and cornet fish. Keep your eyes peeled for the elusive spotted eagle ray. Feel free to rent wetsuits, digital underwater cameras, and prescription masks on the day of your activity to enhance your aquatic experience. After your unforgettable swim, relax with a drink (available to purchase) on deck as you return to your boarding point.

Honolulu: Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona, and City Tour

6. Honolulu: Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona, and City Tour

Spend the day visiting the most important historical sites and landmarks of Honolulu, Hawaii. Visit Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona Memorial, Iolani Palace, Kawaiahao Church, the Hawaii State Capitol, Honolulu City Hall, and more. The tour begins with a visit to Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, the largest visitor attraction on Oahu. Enjoy the many exhibits, galleries, and displays the center has to offer. Then, board a Navy boat shuttle for a tour of the harbor along “Battleship Row.” Upon arrival at the USS Arizona Memorial, step off the boat to explore the memorial. The journey continues to the historic National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl Crater, a historical landmark offering a backdrop of scenic rolling green hills and lush foliage where the many men and women who served in the Armed Forces are honored. Wrap up your experience with a narrated tour of downtown Honolulu. Spot the impressive state buildings and learn about the Iolani Palace, the official residence of Hawaii’s last reigning monarch and the only royal palace in the United States. Make your way to the Hawaii State Capitol grounds which includes the Eternal Flame, Korean and Vietnam War Memorials, Liberty Bell, and more. Then, visit the majestic statue of King Kamehameha, the Hawaiian warrior-king who united the islands, and see Kawaiahao Church, known as “the Westminster Abbey of the Pacific.”

Maui: Haleakala National Park Sunrise Tour

7. Maui: Haleakala National Park Sunrise Tour

Travel to the 10,023 foot summit of Haleakalā National Park to view Maui’s amazing sunrise. Experience a sunrise like no other as the vastness of Haleakalā National Park awakens with  views opening in all directions and the sun casting amazing hues of light into the crater floor.  Be transported in comfort with Maui’s newest fleet of guided tour vehicles with large viewing windows, comfortable seating, and climate controlled interiors. Enjoy a guided narrative including the history of Haleakalā National Park, flora, fauna and cultural significance of the area.  Stay warm at the summit as you enjoy complimentary use of warm jackets and gloves while you take in the stunning surroundings.  After your Haleakalā sunrise experience, enjoy a stop at the historic Kula Lodge for more amazing valley views and a delicious lodge breakfast experience. Choose form vegetarian, gluten free and light options as you watch the day begin in the valley below.  The local partner is committed to the preservation of Hawaii's landscape and culture, and wants as many people as possible to experience the natural wonder of the Hawaiian Islands. Part of your booking's proceeds go to the "1% For The Planet" campaign where 1% of annual company revenue goes back to local environmental and charitable nonprofits. Important hotel pick-up information: Based on the time of year, the sun rises at different times and tour pick-up times vary month-by-month. The pick-up time ranges throughout the year are as follows: January - February 2:50AM - 3:20AM March 2:20AM - 2:50AM April - September 1:50AM - 2:20AM October - November 2:20AM - 2:50AM December 2:50AM - 3:20AM Please contact the local operator after booking to confirm your pick-up time and location.

Waikiki: Turtle Canyons Snorkel Excursion

8. Waikiki: Turtle Canyons Snorkel Excursion

Experience the magical underwater world of sea turtles. Dive under the waves with a snorkel and see the rainbow of tropical fish. Connect with the wide array of stunning marine life on this two-hour tour. Start off with a cruise along the coast, where you can potentially spot spinner dolphins and humpback whales during the wither months. Once at the Turtle Canyons, you’ll get a brief lesson on snorkeling and your snorkeling equipment.  Snorkel alongside the sea turtles and tropical sea life under the supervision of a certified lifeguard, returning to the boat whenever you please to relax with complimentary refreshments.

Maui: Deluxe Sunset Sail from Lahaina

9. Maui: Deluxe Sunset Sail from Lahaina

Enjoy stunning sunset on the coast of Maui on a catamaran cruise from Lahaina. Lay back on the forward trampolines or sit under the covered cabin space while savoring mouth-watering cold hors d’oeuvres and sipping on chilled drinks. Keep an eye out for whales as you sail.  Depart from Lahaina and set sail in the waters of Maui. Admire breathtaking views of the verdant and dynamic shores as the sunset paints the sea in a golden glow. Have a refreshing cocktail or snack on a delicious selection of hors d’oeuvres.  From December to May, enjoy the thrill of watching the humpback whales as they make their yearly journey to Hawaii. During the rest of the year, keep your eyes peeled for graceful seabirds and the black-finned Māui dolphin.  Return to your meeting point in Lahaina at the end of your cruise. 

Kauai: Waimea Canyon, Jurassic Falls, & More Helicopter Tour

10. Kauai: Waimea Canyon, Jurassic Falls, & More Helicopter Tour

Take a journey on and over the Garden Isle and see scenery that's been the backdrop for Hollywood blockbusters for decades on this Kauai helicopter trip. See Manawaiopuna Falls, Olokele Canyon, Waimea Canyon, and the Na Pali Coast.  Take off on an up-to-date helicopter and immediately start taking in a bird's eye view of the lush jungles, red canyons, choppy seas, and gorgeous landscapes that make up Kauai, the oldest island in the Hawaiian Islands archipelago.  Marvel at Manawaiopuna Falls, also known as Jurrasic Park Falls thanks to it being featured in the hit 1993 Steven Spielberg film. This privately-owned location is only accessible by helicopter, making it part of the 80% of Kauai that isn’t accessible by car. Land in Olokele Canyon, home to endangered plant life. Once kapu (forbidden), guests can now enjoy this pristine paradise valley. Soar over Waimea Canyon next, and see characteristic crimson and emerald jagged cliffs. Before heading back to the starting point of the trip, enjoy views of the world-famous Napali Coast. Spot jagged cliffs rising straight from the sea, making for one of Hawaii's most famous destinations.

Frequently asked questions about Hawaii

What top attractions are a must-see in Hawaii?

Planning Your Visit

  • 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.

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What people are saying about Hawaii

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 11,078 reviews

The bot was well prepared and ready to go on time and the crew were polite and courteous throughout the trip. Very much a fun outing. As Canadians we found the trip a wonderful experience.

The food was great, crew was amazing, we saw a bunch of turtles. Definitely recommend renting a go pro.

Vary long hike my feet feel like rubber after hike but the guide was great

Great guide. Spectacular sunrise & a beautiful garden to end the tour

Great service. Beautiful sunset. Awesome trip. Must do!