Hawaii

Summary
Overall rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

Beautiful beach in Hawaii

Beautiful beach in Hawaii

Welcome to one of the most popular tropical overseas adventure travel destinations on earth.

Hawaii has been called a paradise for good reason. This chain of emerald islands set in a deep blue ocean is one of the most picturesque tropical places in the world.

The beaches and mountains are stunning, the rainforests are pristine and there is a rich, exotic cultural heritage that will transport you into another world.

As far as beautiful beaches go, you may be used to golden sands, but when was the last time you saw black, green and red colored beaches?

For those looking for sea adventures around Hawaii, you’’ve hit the jackpot. I’’m sure you knew that before clicking on this page.

However, there are also many exciting land and air adventures like hiking the picturesque sculpted cliffs or soaring over the lush green landscapes.

Hawaii does have its flaws.

One is that it gets millions of visitors each year, so there may be some competition for popular adventure experiences during your stay.

There is also a problem with theft in the cities, the beach areas and the parks. So keep your stuff locked up, and don’’t leave valuables lying around.

The bottom line: All things considered, Hawaii is a “can’’t-miss” experience. There seems to be something for everyone here.

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Exotic Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

A soft tropical night with the scent of orchids carried on a gentle breeze. The sounds of drums in the distance as you walk barefoot on a moonlit beach. What could be more exotic?

Hawaii has long been portrayed by Hollywood as an island paradise, and that would be a true representation in this case.

You’’ll find gorgeous bright blue lagoons lined with tall swaying palm trees, secret gardens of enchantment, lush green rainforests, cascading waterfalls and much, much more.

The Polynesian culture will welcome you with mesmerizing dance extravaganzas, high-spirited music and lavish feasts.

And the spirit of adventure will overwhelm you with so many incredible, unique experiences that you may have to resort to drawing lots to decide what to do first.

Hawaii is an island paradise, but it may be more accurate to refer to it as an exotic paradise.

Cultural Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

If you like cultural experiences, you’’re in for a Polynesian treat.

The first thing you may want to do is to find yourself a good luau. Not hard to do. The pounding drums, the exotic dance and a feast fit for an island king will grab you by your adventure spirit and hurl you into the culture.

Hawaiian experiences have a unique Polynesian heritage and an ethnically diverse population. It’’s heavily influenced by both Asia and the West as evidenced in the music, traditions and a tropically unique cuisine.

The contemporary foods in Hawaii are an assortment of traditional Hawaiian, Portuguese, American, and Asian Pacific flavors. The seafood is fresh and tasty, the succulent beef is home grown and the coffee is legendary.

If you love tropical fruit you’’ll taste the freshest papaya, pineapple, mango, bananas and guavas you’’ve ever put in your mouth. And don’t forget to try the poi.

Adventure Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

When you think of Hawaii, the first thing that comes to mind is probably surfing. It’’s almost a religion here. But don’’t let that overshadow all of the other exciting experiences like scuba diving, snorkeling, hiking and eco tours to name a few of the more popular activities.

You’’ll also want to explore the Polynesian Cultural Center on Oahu, which shows you the complete Polynesian experience by including the peoples of Tahiti, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Easter Island and the Maori of New Zealand. And don’’t forget to go to a luau while you’’re there.

Here’s a more detailed list of fun things to do while enjoying your Hawaii adventure vacation.

Hard

  • Bungee jumping
  • Canoeing
  • Four wheel drive trips
  • Hang gliding
  • Hunting
  • Jungle exploring
  • Mountain biking
  • Paragliding
  • Rappelling
  • Rock climbing
  • Scuba diving
  • Sea kayaking
  • Skydiving
  • Snorkeling
  • Soaring (gliding)
  • Spelunking (caving)
  • Surfing
  • White water rafting
  • Windsurfing

Soft

  • Bird watching
  • Cultural tours
  • Nature trips
  • Walking tours
  • Whale watching

Could be either

  • Backpacking
  • Bicycling
  • Camping
  • Canopy tours/Ziplines
  • Fishing
  • Flying
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Quad-biking / ATVs
  • Safaris
  • Sailing
  • Trekking
  • Wildlife watching
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