So you’re planning a trip to Hawaii and want to know some outdoor activities that are guaranteed to get the adrenaline pumping? Hawaii has a reputation for some of the best surfing spots in the world and the locals are known for their fearless attitude towards life. Combine this with the pristine natural beauty and the Hawaii becomes an ideal destination for thrill seekers who love the outdoors. You can enjoy the views and serenity in your Oahu beachfront rental or hotel, but be sure to get out and do something special to make this a trip to remember.
Surfing is probably the most famous activity in Hawaii, after all, the sport was first invented in the southern part of Oahu. Some of the best surfers in the world come here and you can find spots that are suitable for all levels of ability. Beginners tend to hang out around Waikiki Beach with the spots for the more experienced being along the northern coast. If you’re not a surfer and want to experience body surfing, check out Sandy Beach. But beware, the water is rough it’s not uncommon for people to walk away with broken bones.
The waters around Oahu are clear and blue, which makes them perfect for diving and snorkeling. You can expect to see lots of fish swimming under and around you in the water. There are plenty of scuba diving tours for licensed divers out in the depths of the Pacific Ocean. And if you’re not qualified, you can attend a diving school in Waikiki.
Other activities include spear fishing and diving with sharks. Spear fishing tours take you out into the sea for the chance to throw the spear and catch your own fish. If you want to swim with sharks, expect to be inside a small cage and submerged into the water. Curious sharks will come up and swim around the cage and is an awesome experience for adrenaline junkies.
When the waves are calm and surfing is out of the question, the locals get on their dirt bikes and head to the mountain trails. There are lots of trails to choose from that take you all around the islands. It’s essential that you know how to ride a motorbike before attempting to go up and down the trails. Another piece of advice is to ask someone who knows where the best spots are.
Getting high up in the air is a love of any adrenaline junkie. And the good news is that you won’t be disappointed when you’re in Hawaii. Let’s have a look at some of the activities you can do when you’re in the sky.
The first is taking a helicopter tour over the islands. A small two person helicopter will pick you up and fly you over the island to get the best views. Sometimes the pilot will even perform stunts in the sky. This is quite expensive, but it may be worth it for the views and experience. You can also take a ride over Mount Kilauea, a very active volcano, on the Big Island. Expect to be flying just a few hundred meters above the spewing molten lava and what’s a better way to see and experience it than from above?
You can also find hang gliding, paragliding and sky diving in Hawaii. If you’re interested in any of these, research your options before you arrive.
This isn’t so much an extreme sport, but it’s a fun thing to do for a few hours and takes a brave person to commit to starting the challenge. What is the Dole Plantation you may ask? Well, it’s one of the largest mazes in the world covering an area of over three acres. Most people take between 45 minutes to an hour to complete the maze and escape. But, if you want to do something more extreme, you can take part in the challenge. Inside the maze, there are eight stations with a different number. As you enter, you get a card and need to get it stamped by the stations in numerical order. This can take several hours to complete and not everyone finishes.
You can find several hiking trails throughout Hawaii that range in difficulty from little more than a leisurely stroll to extreme and treacherous two day treks. The easiest and most popular is to hike the path to the top of Diamond Head Crater that’s near Waikiki Beach. This is a huge crater that offers fantastic views of the island below.
However, if you’re looking for something much more challenging, the Kalalau Trail is for you. This spans five valleys and covers 22 miles from the start to finish and back again over precarious and wet rocks. You even have to pass over the infamous Crawler’s Ledge, a narrow ledge with a vertical drop down the cliff to the depths below. There’s a reason why this is considered to be one of the most dangerous hikes in the world. If you do want to do this trek, you need to apply for a permit. Only a limited number are available and they tend to sell out fast. So make sure you sort it out before arriving in Hawaii.
Hawaii is a great place for thrill seekers to have an adventure in the outdoors. You can choose from surfing to flying over active volcanos. Whatever you decide, Hawaii will have something for you.