The Hawaii List

Best Things to Do in Hawaii


Are you coming to the Hawaiian Islands and in search of magical beaches, killer snorkeling spots, quaint little beach towns, tall waterfalls, wild drives, and breath taking sights?

We’ve rounded up some of our favorites, by island, just for you. Each island offers a totally different experience but this is our “bucket list” for the ultimate Hawaiian experience


  1. See sunrise atop Haleakala
  2. Drive the Road to Hana
  3. Take a whale-watching excursion
  4. Snorkel at Molokini
  5. Watch the turtles beach at Ho’okipa
  6. Have dinner at Mama’s Fish House
  7. Spend the day in Paia town
  8. Shop in Makawao
  9. Take a day trip to Lanai
  10. Walk on Ka’anapali Beach
  11. Drive the West Maui Loop
  12. Hang out at Big Beach
  13. Have drinks at the Four Seasons or Grand Wailea
  14. Check out the views at the Ali’i Lavender Farm
  15. Sample pineapple wine at Maui’s Winery


  1. Take surfing lessons at Waikiki
  2. Snorkel at Hanauma Bay
  3. Sun bath at Lanikai Beach
  4. Tour Pearl Harbor
  5. Watch sunset on Waikiki Beach
  6. Hike Diamond Head
  7. Visit the Dole Plantation
  8. Attend the Luau at Paradise Cove
  9. Watch the surfers on the North Shore
  10. Explore Haleiwa town
  11. Drive the windward coast
  12. Eat at the North Shore’s famous food trucks
  13. Visit the Iolani Palace
  14. Find “Turtle Beach” on the North Shore
  15. Explore Kualoa Ranch


  1. Take a boat ride down the Napali Coast
  2. See Waimea Canyon
  3. Hang out in Hanalei Town
  4. Paddleboard in Hanalei Bay
  5. Go tubing through old sugar cane irrigation ditches
  6. Swim in Queen’s Bath
  7. Visit Glass Beach
  8. Play golf at Princeville
  9. Hike to Wailua Falls
  10. Kayak along the Wailua River
  11. Take a helicopter tour
  12. Ride ATVs at Kipu Ranch
  13. See Hanapepe Town
  14. Spend the day at Polihale Beach
  15. Hike the Awaawapuhi Trail

Big Island

  1. Visit the Seahorse Farm in Kona
  2. Hike to the green sand beach
  3. Take a helicopter tour over an active volcano
  4. Star gaze atop Mauna Kea
  5. Visit Punalu’u black sand beach
  6. Take a guided hike to see lava flow
  7. Tour a coffee plantation in Kona
  8. Hike through a fern valley and lava tube at Volcano National Park
  9. Explore Hilo town
  10. Snorkel at Kealakekua
  11. Visit Pu’uhonua O Honaunau, or the City of Refuge
  12. Spend the day at Hapuna beach
  13. Night dive with manta rays
  14. Hike to “Akaka falls
  15. Explore Waipi’o Valley

For details and more specific vacation tips on Maui, Oahu, Kauai, and the Big Island, follow the Hulaland blog.