Hawaii, An Adventurer's Playground

From surfing the gentle waves of Waikiki Beach to snorkeling with manta rays on the Kona Coast


If you dream of riding the waves, there’s no better place to learn how than right here in the birthplace of surfing.

Surfing was born in Hawaii and is deeply intertwined with its history and culture.

If you dream of riding the waves, there’s no better place to learn how to surf and truly commune with the ocean.

Learn about the origins of surfing in Hawaii and find out where you can watch the pros or take a surfing lesson on your visit.

Snorkeling and Scuba

Come face to face with tropical fish, spotted eagle rays and green sea turtles on an underwater adventure in Hawaii's 1,200 miles of coral reef.

With 1,200 miles of coral reef fringing the Hawaiian Islands, snorkeling and scuba diving are two of the island's most popular water activities.

Mountain Tubing

Strap on a headlamp and hop into a tube to explore inland canals, tunnels and flumes on this only-in-Kauai adventure.

Take a relaxing journey down the flowing waters of a historic irrigation system past the emerald green landscape of Kauai.

This mountain tubing excursion, offered exclusively by Kauai Backcountry Adventures, takes visitors age 5 and over on a guided tour through long canals that were built in 1893 to bring water to sugar crops at Lihue Plantation.

You’ll wind your way through pristine scenery with views of the mountains and Waialeale Crater on a relaxing, fun day.


Lift off on a parasailing adventure and get a bird’s eye view of Hawaii’s breathtaking coastline from up to 1,200 feet in the air.

See what the birds see when you soar above the crystal-clear waters of Hawaii’s beaches with a parasail.

At heights of up to 1,000 feet in the air, parasailing offers unprecedented views of the coastline, and it’s an unforgettable way to enjoy a day at the beach.

Ride solo or tandem with friends or family.

It’s a great activity for older kids and adults alike. There are a variety of parasailing companies on the Hawaiian Islands, and the sport is even offered at some beachfront hotels.

Deep Sea Fishing

Hawaii is home to some of the biggest marlin in the world as well as one of the oldest billfish tournaments, plus scores of other game fish – from wahoo to mahimahi to giant trevally.

Whether you want to chase game fish or just spend a relaxing day on the water, deep sea fishing in Hawaii is a fun adventure.

Anglers will love the variety of fish available in Hawaii’s waters, including marlin, yellowfin tuna (ahi), dorado (mahimahi) and wahoo (ono), to name a few.

The Kona Coast off the island of Hawaii is perhaps the most popular destination for deep sea fishing, but there are a variety of fishing charters departing from most of the islands.

Whale Watching

Each winter, Hawaii is the stage for some of the best whale watching on the planet

when thousands of kohola (humpback whales) migrate to our warm waters to breed and nurse their young. Tours from just about every island can bring you thrillingly close to these magnificent creatures.


Soar among the treetops and enjoy breathtaking views of Hawaii with one of the islands’ many ziplining experiences.

Fly past waterfalls on the Island of Hawaii and sweeping views of the Maui coast and rainforest.

Zoom over the canopies of Oahu or get a bird's-eye view of Kauai’s lush gardens. So many flying adventures to be had.


Whether you want to descend cascading waterfalls or lush jungle cliffs, Hawaii offers plenty of opportunities for rappelling.

Somewhere between ziplining and rock climbing, rappelling is an exciting way to experience Hawaii’s stunning natural beauty.

Many of the islands feature guided rappelling in packages with other outdoor activities for a full day of adventure.

ATV Tours

There are many ways to explore Hawaii’s stunning scenery and rich history. Trekking through lush landscapes on an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) is one of the most exhilarating.

Many of Hawaii’s islands offer guided ATV tours that usually last from 1 ½ to 3 hours.

While driving ATVs is restricted to visitors who are at least 16 years of age, a number of companies feature multi-seat ATV buggies that can accommodate keiki (kids) or passengers who prefer to ride along.

Whichever island you visit, there are many not-to-be-missed ATV adventures – from driving through private ranch land on Oahu and the Island of Hawaii to zooming through the lush jungles of Kauai or exploring thousands of pristine acres on Lanai.

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