Honolulu Adventures: Hiking, Surfing and More

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Hawaii is known for its tropical beauty, enticing waters, and warm weather and Honolulu, Hawaii’s largest city, options abound.  If you are looking for a relaxing vacation filled with ethnic cuisine and history, you have made the right choice going to this scenic destination.

But that’s not all that Honolulu has to offer.  The skies over Honolulu and the sea that surrounds it offer activities that will please a wide range of vacationers.  If you want to ride the waves instead of watch them, Honolulu has activities for you that you might not have expected.  Ready for a look at the adventurous side of Honolulu?

Keep reading!


Hawaii is synonymous with surfing – most people don’t think of one without the other.  Honolulu has something for everyone, whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro.  There are surfing schools all over the island that can help you learn the basics.

If you’re beginner, try Waikiki Beach.
If you’re  seasoned, mount your board at Ala Moana Beach Park.
If you’re advanced and want those classic barreling waves that Hawaii is so famous for, try the Banzai Pipeline at Ehukai Beach Park.

Shark Diving

If diving with the sharks is something you have always wanted to do, you are not alone.  Many people just like you have submerged in a cage in shark infested waters to catch a glimpse of these amazing creatures.  There are many reputable companies in Honolulu that will take you off the coast to enjoy the thrill of being in the water with sharks.  The waters heading toward the dive site are choppy, but once there the diving is worth it.

Diamond Head Hike

You may recognize the crater from pictures of Honolulu – it is a very well-known landmark.  This dynamic hike starts in the belly of an ancient volcano and goes 560 ft up to the top of the crater rim.  This volcano, which has been dormant for over a century, is part of a volcanic chain that dates back 500,000 years.  You’ll pass World War II military bunkers as you stroll along the rim of the crater and see the amazing views of Honolulu at the summit.

Helicopter Sightseeing

Many of the views in Honolulu are best seen by air.  A helicopter allows you to get up close and personal with natural wonders like majestic waterfalls and lush jungles.  You can even see whales, the breathtaking shoreline, and volcano craters from your perch in the sky.


If you’ve ever wanted to try skydiving, Honolulu is the place to do it.  Go 14,000 feet up in the air and then take a leap.  On clear days you can see the popular destinations from an entirely different view than most visitors.  See Pearl Harbor, the amazing crater of Diamond Head, and even neighboring islands.

Manoa Falls Hike

This is a family friendly hike that leads to a beautiful 100 ft. waterfall.  It’s a famous spot in Honolulu because scenes from the hit TV show “Lost” and the blockbuster movie “Jurassic Park” where filmed there.

Zipline Tours

Have you ever wondered what it might be light to fly through the trees on a steep incline with the sun at your back?  Wonder no more!  Honolulu is the perfect place to make your dreams come true.  Take an exhilarating tour and zipline with beaches, shoreline, and volcanic terrain in view.

Is that enough adventure for you?

There’s nothing wrong with grabbing a lounge chair on the deck of the Pride of America, feet up, soaking in the views. That’s an ideal way to kick back and relax on a trip.  A vacation is what you make it, after all.

But if you are looking for a little more from your vacation that catching the rays on a beautiful beach or sticking your toes in the azure waters, check out some of these adventures and leave the sightseeing for another day.

After enjoying a day of adventure ashore, you’ll be happy to return to Pride of America and the comfort of your stateroom to relax and reminisce about your day.

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