MUST DO EXPERIENCES FOR FIRST TIME HAWAII VISITORS
So You Always Wanted To Visit Hawaii But Don't Know Where To Start- Here Are Some Ideas To Get Your Mouth Watering.
Must-Do Experiences for First-Time Hawaii Visitors.
Viewing a sunrise at Haleakala National Park, hiking to the top of Leahi (Diamond Head), and visiting the historic sites of Pearl Harbour are often called out as must-do activities for first-time visitors to the Aloha State.
While these renowned Hawaii destinations and activities are indeed essential, we’ve compiled an exciting collection of unexpected and remarkable experiences to incorporate into your itinerary.
• Kauai: Interested in exploring the enchanting natural wonder of Waimea Canyon State Park? Also head further north to Kokee State Park, where more than 4,000 acres of forest, wildflowers, hiking trails and two incredible lookouts – Kalalau Lookout and Puu O Kila Lookout – await.
We also recommend embarking on a catamaran sail along the awe-inspiring Napali Coast for a thrilling and unforgettable adventure.
• Island of Hawaii: While Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is on most visitor checklists, we also recommend checking out Akaka Falls State Park to experience the breathtaking beauty of the park’s two waterfalls: Kahuna Falls and Akaka Falls. For Those looking to immerse themselves in Hawaiian culture, we suggest a visit to Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, one of Hawaii’s most sacred places.
• Oahu: After soaking in the view of the island’s south side from the top of volcanic tuff cone Leahi (aka Diamond Head State Monument), we recommend heading to Nuuanu Pali State Wayside for its panoramic views of Oahu’s lush Windward Coast and the majestic Koolau Range. Those of you up for a moderately easy hike are encouraged to explore the paved, 2-mile Makapuu Point Lighthouse Trail, which offers spectacular views of offshore islets Manana and Kaohikaipu, and the island of Molokai in the distance. The trail is also ideal for spotting offshore humpbacks during whale-watching season.
• Maui: We encourage you to head to Haleakala National Park to extend your visit beyond the volcano’s breathtaking summit sunrise and explore the park’s 30 miles of energizing hiking trails. While driving the winding, scenic Hana Highway, we suggest that you stop at Waianapanapa State Park to explore its coastal trails, legendary freshwater caves and black sand beaches. On Maui’s south side, Makena Beach State Park is home to the island’s largest beach, and is perfect for a relaxing day of swimming and sunbathing.
• Molokai: When you spend time on Molokai you should set a day aside to explore Halawa Beach Park and Valley. Marked by stunning vistas and towering waterfalls – including two-tiered Moaula Falls – Halawa is an archeological treasure of Hawaiian culture and the site of one of Hawaii’s earliest settlements. On your drive out of Halawa, we encourage a stop at Kumimi Beach Park (aka 20-Mile Beach), a fantastic spot for snorkeling.
• Lanai: For clients staying on Lanai, we recommend visiting Puu Pehe (aka Sweetheart Rock), an iconic natural landmark nestled between the picturesque bays of Hulopoe and Manele. Visitors looking for an off-the-beaten-path stretch of sand should head to east side Polihua Beach. Swimming at Polihua is discouraged due to strong currents, but its secluded sands are the perfect spot for watching Hawaiian green sea turtles and humpback whales frolic offshore.