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Sea Life Park dolphins

For many, Hawaii embodies the ideal getaway. Gentle waters. Balmy breezes. Swaying palm trees. But for those who want to get their blood pumping, the islands can also offer its share of excitement.

If you’re looking to trade in a day sunning on the shore for an adventure-filled afternoon, here are a few of our favorite Hawaii activities.

Swim with Dolphins

If you like to swim on the wild side, you def-fin-itely won’t want to miss the Dolphin Swim Adventure. This tour takes participants swimming on over to Sea Life Park for a day soaking in dolphin, sea lion, and penguin performances. Set amidst the lush Koolau Mountains and Makapuu Beach, Sea Life Park offers guests interactive programs and close encounters with ocean critters.

Sign up for the Dolphin Swim Adventure and dive into a truly special dolphin experience. As part of the experience you’ll enjoy a kiss, swim along the dolphins, and receive a belly ride! It’s a tail you’ll relive over and over again once you get home!

na pali coast

Hike the Na Pali Coast

The breathtaking cliffs of the Na Pali Coast of the Kalalau Valley on Kauai are a must see. The trail though, is definitely not a walk in the park. The Kalalau Trail is 11 miles long and weaves up and down and in and out of the Kalalau Valley. Many parts of the hike can be dangerous, including a section called Crawler’s Ledge. This hike is not for beginners or families. It’s also important for guests to learn about and be aware of the many stream crossings that require caution, especially during the island’s rainy months.

But if you’re looking for a picture-perfect way to experience the Kauai coast, the Kalalau Trail is it. As the only way to access the valley and the Na Pali Coast by land, this iconic expanse of majestic land is largely untouched.


Get an Up Close View of an Active Volcano

If exploring volatile volcanoes, volcanic craters, and lava tubes doesn’t get you fired up, we don’t know what will. Roberts Hawaii’s Hilo Volcano Special Tour offers a quick hop over to Hawaii Island for the day. The highlight of this daylong adventure is a visit to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park where participants can get their blood boiling as they come face to face with Kilauea and Mauna Loa, two of the most famous active volcanoes on the planet today.

Hawaiians named the summit of the volcano Kilauea, but today scientists and visitors have extended the name to include the entire volcano. Kilauea rises more than 4,190 feet above sea level and makes up close to 15 percent of the land area on Hawaii Island. Flanking the southeastern coast of Hawaii Island, the name Kilauea in Hawaiian translates to “spewing” or “much spreading.” Find out more about Kilauea on our blog here.

Suit Up and Go Snorkeling

Maui is considered by many the best island in Hawaii for getting up close and personal with our finned friends. While there are many snorkeling spots to splash out at, including Kapalua Bay, Turtle Town and Black Rock in West Maui, one of our favorites is Honolua Bay, located about 20 minutes north of Lahaina Town.

Because Honolua Bay is a Marine Life Conservation District, no fishing of any kind is allowed, creating a safe haven and abundance of marine life to view. While the beach is rocky (which means no sand to rest on), the large cove provides a great space for swimmers to explore. Be sure to swim a little further out from the beach for the best water visibility and to explore the largest selection of ocean life.

**Always remember to check ocean conditions and consult water safety experts before entering the water!