You’re stressed at work, and you know that you’re close to burning out. You’ve earned time away, even if it is just for a few days. You deserve a vacation. However, now is not the time to be stuck at home on the couch or at the same old place that you go to whenever you have a break. If you’re want to have a vacation with all your desired amenities and activities while surrounded by picturesque landscapes, Hawaii is the dreamy getaway for you.
Don’t believe us? Here are eight reasons why you should travel to Hawaii for your next vacation:
- Volcano Tours
Are you a bold and daring eco-adventurer? Hawaii offers the perfect volcano tours that are bound to suit your interests. You have several options to safely view the lava of active volcanos, including by boat or helicopter. Typically, these tours will also include sightseeing at other exciting natural landscapes on the Hawaiian Islands, including waterfalls, rainforests, mountains, and more.
However, if you want to stay on the less risky side of a wild time, you can take a guide with you while hiking across dried lava. Either way, you can witness new earth being formed right before your eyes.
- Whale Watching
If you travel to Maui, you can take in the breathtaking sights of humpback whales as they eat. You’re guaranteed multiple sightings with the knowledgeable Pacific Whale Foundation. The humpback whale population numbers have begun to increase in this area after receiving protection from their endangered status.
Additionally, these eco-friendly boat trips include special headphones that allow you to hear whale calls, which are normally impossible for the human ears. Don’t miss out on the increased sightings that usually occur after late fall; this is when the whales end their migration to Hawaii. The best time for sightings should occur after November with whales coming in droves in December.
- Beautiful Underwater Diving
You won’t get these sights at your normal diving locations! There are multiple prime spots in Kauai with diving tours led by professionals that will allow you to see stunning reef structures and have amazing wildlife encounters. During this tour, you will be able to learn from your knowledgeable scuba guides about the history of Hawaii, folklore, and even more about the creatures that you will encounter during your dive.
A diving certification is required in order to take advantage of this amazing opportunity. If you don’t have a diving certification, don’t worry. You can take the online course and complete your training in person right at Kauai.
- Take a Tour Along the Na Pali Coast
This Hollywood-famous coast is yours to explore by boat to see towering cliffs, waterfalls, and beaches. Hint: if you travel by boat, you may see some friendly dolphins tag along for the ride! If you don’t want to travel by boat, you can visit the ancient Nu`alolo Kai to observe the culture left behind in the old fishing village. You can even picnic at this location for a relaxing afternoon. When you’re up for adventure after your meal, there are also some great underwater caves that are a must-see along the coastline—perfect for the ambitious scuba diver (did we mention you can complete your diving certification here?).
- Enjoy a Luau
Get your dance on because Hawaii has some of the best and most authentic luaus! Although there are many luaus to choose from on all of Hawaii’s tourist-based islands, each one should include a diverse assortment of Hawaiian cuisine, such as baked pig, taro root, and coconut pudding. This mouth-watering meal is sure to complement your cultural adventure at a luau.
You can expect native Hawaiian music, dance, and fashion at your luau. Additionally, some luaus have included other aspects of Hawaiian culture, such as spear throwing or celebration of deities. Whether you choose a more traditional luau or one that has a unique twist, you are sure to enjoy this festive celebration.
- Kauai Movie Tour
With Kauai inspiring famous TV shows and movies such as Gilligan’s Island, The Amazing Race, The Descendants, and Pirates of the Caribbean, you won’t want to miss out on seeing the birthplace of your favorite entertainment series. As a part of this movie tour, you can see some of Kauai’s famous natural features, such as the Waimea Canyon, waterfalls, and the Fern Grotto. If you’re a movie fanatic, you can’t miss out on the opportunities found on this tour.
- Visit Pearl Harbor
For history buffs, Pearl Harbor is the ultimate WWII site on U.S. soil. Each Hawaiian island will offer a tour to this history site in addition to other naval museums. If you choose one of these tours, you will automatically be given access to watch a film documentary and then board a boat to the USS Arizona Memorial site. With this boat tour, you can pay respects to the partially submerged USS Arizona and learn more about that day in history.
- Hike Through the Forest
Above all, Hawaii offers amazing opportunities to hike landscapes unlike any other in the world, from rainforests to mountains to volcanos. If you’re a mountain lover, you’ll want to hike to the Pacific’s highest peak at the Maunakea Summit. If you want to see more down below, you can choose to hike to one of Hawaii’s many waterfalls for the best in hidden swimming opportunities. Tour guides will often even show you which foods are edible during your hike so that you can sample some of Hawaii’s finest fruits. Birdwatchers will also enjoy exclusive tours for sightseeing led by Hawaii’s bird experts, which will allow you to see the most exotic, native birds that Hawaii has to offer.
Still not sold? Many of the larger islands will also offer customized hiking tours to meet your adventures goals for your Hawaiian vacation.
So, what are you waiting for? With luxuriously rich landscapes, exciting wildlife, and inspiring culture, Hawaii is ready for you to come and explore.