Say Hi to Your 15 Hawaii Bucket List
When the word “vacation” is stated, there is no doubt that Hawaii comes to mind. With great beaches, lots of greeneries, and scenic mountain ranges, Hawaii remains to be a “must-go” location for those who desperately need to take a breath.
Grab onto your sunglasses and wear some sunscreen for we are going over 15 things do definitely want to put on your Hawaii bucket list!
What is the best month to go in Hawaii?
The best time to go to Hawaii is when there is the least amount of rainfall in order to enjoy the sun and experience your tours to the fullest. Months that have the least amount of rainfall fall between June, July, and September.
However, Hawaii still has great weather year-round. Therefore, it is not that of a bother if you have tickets that are out of the stated months!
Learn to Surf on Waikiki Beach
On the island of Oahu, there are about a hundred surfing spots! Because of the wide spots for individuals with different skill levels, lots of locals and tourists say that visiting the area is a must. Fret not if you are just starting off with surfing for there are plenty of surf schools in the area.
Some of the best spots in Waikiki include the Canoes, Queens, Publics, Pops, and The Walls.
See Humpback Whales
Maui, Molokai or Lanai have whale-watching tours for whale lovers out there!
If you’re not one of them, then still consider going for it is a once in a lifetime experience to see those whales.
An estimate of two-thirds of the North American humpback whales stay in Hawaii to take care of their young. Whales are evident in Hawaii from November to May, but peak on January to February.
It would definitely be a waste to not go snorkeling while being in Hawaii. Although there are numerous snorkeling spots, it is most recommended to go snorkeling in Maui.
Maui has protected bays, translucent waters, vibrant marine life, and most of all, is open year-round.
The Hawaiian green sea turtles are waiting for you to say hi!
Learn to Dance the Hula
Going to luaos on every island is a must for tourists. Hawaiians hold luaos to celebrate special occasions to honor and thank the gods for their fortune. It is a great opportunity to get to know the locals and experience their culture. With this, you can also try to learn to dance the hula, with of course, permission and guide by the locals.
Watch Planetarium Shows
Open for over 60 years, the Bishop Museum features the recovery of lost art and science of navigation in Hawaii that were considered to be traditional. It focuses on programs about Hawaii. There are lots of scheduled shows that feature culture and art. It is a must on a vacationer’s itinerary.
Visit the Cat Sanctuary
Kathy Carroll was the founder of the Lanai Cat Sanctuary when she decided to move from Illinois to the island of Lanai. She found out that there were lots of homeless cats on the area and decided to care for them, with the help of volunteers. The sanctuary is not only for cat lovers, but also for those who appreciate nature and the spirit of volunteerism.
Take a Visit on Pearl Harbor
Currently a National Historic Landmark, the Pearl harbor has four unique attractions. Called as “The Gathering Place” between Japan and the United States, the Pearl Harbor became a welcoming place for survivors of the attack. It is a place where people come together to honor the memory of those who devoted their lives to protect others.
Try Skydiving on the North Shore
Skydiving in Oahu definitely deserves a spot in your Hawaii bucket list. Not only would it be thrilling, but it also gives you a glimpse of Hawaii’s beauty. The best time to skydive in Hawaii is during mid-May to June for the weather is clear.
Drop by the Polynesian Culture Center
The Polynesian Culture Center is home to various activities in the area. It includes a circle island tour, island villages & activities, Luau and dining options, shopping at the Hukilau marketplace, and visiting the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame. The center is located on the northern shore of Oahu. It is most noted for its all-inclusive full day package.
Visit the Diamond Head State Monument
Being a part of the Ko’olau Range of volcanoes, the Diamond Head State Monument is definitely a spot to visit. It has erupted 150,000 years ago and is considered to be monogenetic — meaning eruption would take place only once. The crater has picnic areas and historical displays, which are perfect for a casual sunny day.
Tour the Iolani Palace
The Iolani Palace was used as the capitol building until 1969. Today, it is open to the public as a museum. It is full of history as it holds Hawaii’s royal past. The last Hawaiian monarch, Queen Lili‘uokalani was said to be imprisoned inside the palace. Artifacts from the royal family’s reign can be found in the palace.
Go Horseback Riding
Some of us wants to experience the Hawaiian landscape like Hawaiian cowboys. Now, this dream shall become true for there are lots of spots to go horseback riding. Several ranches in Oahu, Big Island, and Mauwi offer riding lessons. Can you imagine yourself horseback riding while the sun sets? That definitely goes into the bucket list.
Hike the Kaumana Caves Trail
Hiking the Kuamana Caves will give tourists an opportunity to enjoy a moment of silence and just appreciate nature and solitude. It is perfect for a morning walk. You can also see a lava tube from a lava flow from Mauna Loa.
Visit the Byodo-In Temple
Initially made to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the first Japanese immigrants’ arrival to Hawaii, the Byodo-In Temple is a Buddhist temple that is welcome to the public. You will be greeted by a lush landscape with wild peacocks and Japanese koi carp. There is also a pond, meditation areas, and small waterfalls.
Go Cliff-jumping at South Point
With a height of 40 to 60 feet, the South Point cliff is famous for cliff-jumping. Although the rock formations extend to admirable distances, it should be noted to find the spot that is for cliff-jumping. Nevertheless, if one decides not to jump, the rock formation is open for admiration.