You will find some of the most exciting surfing spots in Hawaii as you explore the Island of Maui. Check out Hookipa Beach and Honolua Bay, most popular during the winter months, or places like Keawakapu Beach or Kihei Beach, located in the south and more easily managed by beginners. On the west side, D.T. Fleming Beach Park, Puamana Beach County Park, and Launiupoko Beach Park provide some great waves. These are located just south of Lahaina Town.
A kayaking adventure while visiting Maui might be just what you need. Whether you prefer to head out on your own, or hire a tour company as a guide, you will find some of the premium kayaking spots in Maui. A couple of the most popular are Makena Beach Park and the Ukumehame Beach Park, located along the western shore.
Along the southern shores of Oahu, you’ll find Waikiki Beach. This is where the Duke Kahanamoku Statue welcomes surfers and spectators from around the world. Go west to check out other surfing hot spots like Yokohoma Bay or Makaha Beach.
For some of the most exciting surfing in the world, head north to Waimea Bay. This area is birthplace of big wave surfing and is ranked among the top ten big-wave surf spots in the world. While on the north side, you may want to test your skills at Ehukai Beach and the Banzai Pipeline. But be very careful, these spots are not for the faint of heart. When traveling back down along the east side of the island, visit Makapuu Beach, ideal if you’re looking for less challenging waves.
Plan a hike through the many network of trails across Oahu and you will enjoy stunning views and breathtaking vistas. Hike to the top of Diamond Head to catch some of the most amazing, panoramic sights of the Pacific Ocean from the island.
Not far from Pearl Island the Manana Trail is 6.8 miles long and offers a full afternoon of outdoor fun. This site is ideal for the moderate hiker and allows dogs to accompany you, as long as they are kept on a leash. The Hau’ula Loop Trail is the hiking jewel of the city of Hau’ula. This trail is less than three miles long and is great for hiking or trail running and normally takes around an hour. The Wa’ahila Ridge Trail starts over near the lower ridge of Mt. Olympus, because of its short two-mile length, it is the perfect trail for beginners.
For good old fashioned outdoor fun, stand-up paddle-surfing is how the Waikiki beach crowd used to cruise around the island waters. Among all of the outdoor activities in Oahu, paddle-surfing’s mellow pace will maximize your time and views of the island. Other thrill-seeking activities include jet-skiing, parasailing, and fishing.
Hanauma Bay State Underwater Park
Labeled one of the top destinations in Oahu for scuba diving, snorkeling and swimming, the Hanauma Bay State Underwater Park is a Hawaiian marine life conservation area located on the south side of the island. The park features a rich coral reef that extends out to the cove, allowing for easy viewing of the diverse marine life.
Take some time during your visit to relax at Hanauma Bay Beach Park where you will find a covered pavilion that showcases a collection of nature exhibits, and a gift shop. The park is also a great destination for the hikers in your travel group. The trails of Hanauma Bay offer great views of the surrounding bay area.