Lounging at the pool is always nice, but why not feel the sand between your toes and enjoy the warm waters of Hawaii? From surfing and canoeing on Waikiki beach to swimming with manta rays on Hawaii Island, get out and experience an unforgettable water adventure in Hawaii. Learn about some of the best places to explore the crystal blue waters of the Hawaiian Islands:
The oldest and northernmost island in the Hawaiian chain, Kauai is known for the breathtaking cliffs of the Napali Coast. Take a boat tour and don't forget your camera as you witness this spectacular natural wonder. While you're there, don't forget to spend some time relaxing on the picturesque beaches of the North Shore. And while Kauai may be best known for kayaking along the tranquil Wailua River, the truly adventurous should try mountain tubing in the irrigation ditches of Lihue.
Oahu is the metropolitan heart of Hawaii. It's also known as a mecca for the sport of surfing. The legendary North Shore is home to Waimea Bay, the birthplace of big wave surfing and every winter, the best surfers from around the world compete along the North Shore at the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. You can also learn how to surf yourself or go on a canoe ride on the gentle waves of historic Waikiki Beach. And for snorkelers, the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve is one of the most popular snorkeling spots in the islands.
From Kaanapali Beach to Makena Beach (Big Beach), Maui is famous for its many idyllic beaches. Hookipa Beach is also known as the windsurfing capital of the world. But Maui is probably best known as being one of the best places in the world to see humpback whales. Go on a whale watching tour from December to May departing from Lahaina or Maalaea Harbor for an unforgettable whale encounter.
Just across the channel from Maui, Lanai is a secluded getaway known for its resorts and 4-wheel drive adventures. But for scuba divers, the lovely lava caverns off the south coast called the Lanai Cathedrals, cannot be missed.
Also a short ferry ride across the channel from Maui, Molokai is an island firmly rooted in Hawaiian culture. Molokai is best known for fantastic sports fishing. Fishing enthusiasts can take a charter boat from the charming town of Kaunakakai for the catch of a lifetime.
The calm, clear waters along the Kona Coast make Hawaii Island a special place for snorkeling and scuba divers. Kona is also known as a great place for deep-sea sports fishing, with many fishing tournaments held throughout the year. But one of the most unique water adventures the island has to offer is manta ray diving. Take a charter boat off the Kona coast at sunset and scuba or snorkel with friendly mantas. Having an otherworldly manta ray glide within inches of you is an experience you'll never forget.