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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.

  • 1. 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!

  • 2. 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.

  • 3. 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.

  • 4. 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.

  • 5. 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.

  • 6. Waimea Canyon

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

  • 7. Snorkel Molikini Crater

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

  • 8. 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!

  • 9. 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.

  • 10. 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.

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.

What people are saying about Hawaii

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 5,223 reviews

Friendly and very helpful crew, with Capt Mike and mates Alex and Bailey. One other crewmember maintained a lower profile, but took on the job of mooring the trimaran and bringing up am octopus to delight the clients onboard. Abundant goodies available at breakfast and a personalized lunch sandwich with a great choice of beverages. Never felt rushed. Wonderful visibility at each of the two snorkeling sites, with lots of healthy coral and fish, esp. at the Capt Cook Monument at Kaleakekua Bay. Knowledgeable crew on lors of topics. We give the experience an unequivocal five stars.

This is a MUST DO tour!!!!!! Mac was the best!!! We are visiting from Iowa and wanted to see all the popular sights, Mac was knowledgeable about all the history, and even took us to eat Ono with the locals. He also took bonus professional pictures of us at all the locations, and the pictures are beautiful and an amazing way to remember our trip! If you don’t like to have fun, or you don’t have a sense of humor- this tour is not for you!! Mac is authentic and hilarious! Thanks for the awesome tour!!!!

Adam (the smart looking Jesus) and the crew were great. Follow instructions and you will enjoy your experience. They do have a information session before you dive, listen to the instructions and ask questions. Enjoy the dive, and soak in the experience as it is out of the world. They are gentle giants so keep your distance and have fun. And submit your review after the experience so more people can dive and enjoy with Adam and his crew.

It was my first time doing scuba diving so it was a little tricky learning the steps for the first dive but the instructor was really good at calming me down and making sure I was doing everything correctly. Got the hang of it for the second dive and it was amazing! Would definitely recommend!

Captain Jeff and his wife Kiko were amazing…. He is a kind gentle sole and was very knowledgeable and informative. His wife Kiko worked the boat and made sure folks kept masks on and took amazing pictures . Her pictures of me and my wife were worth the price of admission!