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Hawaii Travel – Top Things to Explore

Hawaii has long been known as the ‘honeymoon island’, popular with those 5 star holiday-makers out there.  This, however, is only one side to these glorious islands and backpackers and budget travellers out there you’ll be pleased to hear that Hawaii is affordable and jam packed with adventure.

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South Kihei beach by exfordy, on Flickr

Hawaii Travel

Travellers often seek out that feeling of being far away from home – pure escapism. Well you can’t get further away than the Hawaiian Islands which are the most distant landmass from any other place in the world. Literally a drop in the ocean.

There are, of course, plenty of resorts and spas where you can immerse yourself in relaxation but this exotic American state asks to be explored.  Some of the most beautiful landscapes imaginable and the most exhilarating sports and activities, can all be found here.

Here are a few of the best, affordable activities in Hawaii:

Hawaii Surfing

Hawaii is the birthplace of surfing.  With waves that seasoned surfers’ worldwide travel to, you can experience this high octane sport by hiring a board (and a guide!) to show you what to do.  Deeply embedded in Polynesian culture, you can surf on the famous Waikiki beach which has good surf for beginners year round.  The islands of Kauai, Maui and Oahu are the most popular for this sport.

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Stand up paddle surfing on the huge waves off Sunset Beach by Peggy2012CREATIVELENZ, on Flickr

Hawaii Hot!

The weather in Hawaii is tropical and hot year round.  If you want to experience real heat though, what better way to be humbled by the power of earth, than to witness the world’s most active volcano, Kilauea.  The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is free to enter and jaw dropping to witness.  Whether you want to get up close and learn about molten lava or if you fancy sunbathing on unique black volcanic sand, this is a must on any trip to Hawaii’s big island.

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Kilauea Caldera, Volcanoes National Park by exfordy, on Flickr

The Hawaii Ocean

Hawaii is unique in its ocean wildlife.  Most travel agendas for these islands always include whale spotting. Sightings are a regular occurrence here.  Whale watching can be done expensively on a guided boat or on the cheap by finding a good spot looking over Honolua beach on the island of Maui. Cross your fingers and with a bit of luck you might see a humpback or two.

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Whale watching by D'Arcy Norman, on Flickr

Once you’ve seen the oceans biggest creature from afar, why not get up close and snorkel with the smaller stuff?  The Hawaiian Islands have some of the best snorkelling in the world.  For a tiny fee, you can hire snorkelling gear and marvel at the underwater world in panoramic view.  You can of course, scuba dive too but this will cost you a good deal more.  Picking up an underwater camera is well worth it here as you can capture the beauty of Hawaii’s reefs really well.

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Kona Underwater - Steve Dunleavy Photography

Hawaii Golfing

Enthusiasts worldwide come to Hawaii for its magnificent golfing ranges.  This is a great way to spend a day amongst pristine courses that are both beautiful and challenging.  The PGA tour plays one of its world famous matches of golf in Hawaii and the ranges here are not be missed, whether you are a pro or novice.

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Hawai'i by AfroDad, on Flickr

Hawaii Hiking

Is there a better activity to do for free?  Well not only does Hawaii have some of the most spectacular treks along its many beaches, rain forests and snow-capped mountains; it also has beautiful waterfalls, gorges and pools, nature at its most divine.  Get out there and explore.

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Hiking through Kilauea Iki Crater by GEO M I, on Flickr

Hawaii travel introduces you to the ‘Hula’ spirit of Hawaii, and is something that will touch your soul and call you back to this beautiful place time and time again.  Hanging out in Hawaii and enjoying what these idyllic islands have to offer, will be a trip you won’t forget.

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Hawaii Dawn by Photo Extremist, on Flickr

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Kiri Bowers says:

I’m sure you’ll have a great trip when you do get out there Vicky. Enjoy 🙂

Vicky says:

Great tips, thanks. It’s good to know there’s loads to do in Hawaii out of the resorts and complexes. I hope to get to visit one day 🙂

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