Hawaii is not only one of the most beautiful states in the United States of America, but also one of the best places in the world for having fun. Swimming, scuba diving, surfing, snorkeling, hiking, geocaching, dancing, canoeing, whale watching, and listening to slack key guitar — Hawaii has something for everyone.
AT THE BEACH
Hawaii has 750 miles of coastline. This means lots of beaches and lots of aquatic activities. The Hawaiian beaches are wonderful for sunbathing, splashing, collecting sea shells, and building sand castles. While it’s not true that all Hawaiian children learn to surf before they learn to walk, it’s not much of an exaggeration, either. Surfing is one of the most popular activities in the Aloha State.
There are few thrills as exciting as surfing: paddling out on the ocean on your surfboard, waiting until the moment is right, catching a wave, and riding it back to the beach. One of the most popular surfing spots in Hawaii is the Pipeline, just off Ehukai Beach Park in Pupukea on O’ahu’s North Shore. Huge waves break in shallow water above the reef, forming thick, hollow curls of water. Expert surfers can ride inside of these curls. Beginning surfers are safer watching from a distance. Hanalei Beach is also popular for surfing, and the waves are smaller there. Surf lessons are readily available throughout the Hawaiian Islands and many places sell or rent surfboards.
Snorkeling is very popular, since it requires less training and less expensive equipment than scuba diving. Snorkeling gives people a chance to admire the beauty of undersea life and marvel at the flora and fauna found beneath the waves. Always take care when snorkeling: always go with a buddy, never solo; hydrate before going out; beware of sunburn; do not damage coral; do not damage yourself on the coral.
Scuba diving (swimming and diving with self-contained underwater breathing apparatus) requires special lessons and equipment, but permits divers to go far deeper and further than mere snorkeling. Scuba lessons and equipment are readily available in Hawaii thanks to Hawaii school of Diving. When scuba diving Hawaii, there’s no better way to admire the magnificent underwater life. Many charter boats will take visitors out to good places to snorkel or scuba dive.
Hawaii is an archipelago, so the best way to see the coastline is by boat. A wide variety of boats and ships are found in Hawaii, giving tourists and residents many choices when it comes to boating. You can take a boat ride out to watch humpback whales and pilot whales or swim with dolphins — sometimes both on the same trip — with Adventure X Boat Tours and Wild Side Specialty Tours. Some, like the Pacific Whale Foundation, even combine dinner cruises with whale watching and snorkeling. You can rent a kayak and paddle along the shore, admiring the beautiful scenery. Or you can let someone else do the work while you relax on a dinner cruise and just enjoy the good food and good company as the sun sets.