On the Water: Hawaii’s 10 Best Adventures

Your trip to Hawaii won’t be complete without a day on the beach or time in the water: Hawaii has 750 mi. of coastline, waters that contain 70% of the reefs in the US, and perfect conditions for a slew of watersports. There a so many fun water activities that it is hard to go wrong, but here are 10 of our favorite water-based adventures.

1. Maui

Snorkel in the Aquarium, a large natural cove in the Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve located on a lava cape away from the crowds.

Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve Snorkeling Hawaii best sea adventures

2. Oahu: 

Kiteboard—or learn how to—on the gorgeous and windy Kailua Bay.

3. The Big Island

Bodysurf at the often overlooked Papakolea Green Sands Beach.

Papakolea Green Sands Beach Hawaii best sea adventures

4. Maui

Windsurf off Paia at Hookipa Beach.

Hookipa Beach Windsurf Hawaii best sea adventures





5. Maui

Sail from Kihei out to Molokini Crater for unparalleled snorkeling.

Molokini Crater Hawaii best sea adventures

6. Oahu

Surf on world-class waves at one of several North Shore beaches.

North Shore surfing Hawaii best sea adventures

7. Kauai

Spelunk through the frigid water of the wet caves in Haena State Park.

Haena State Park Hawaii best sea adventures

8. Oahu

Swim or snorkel next to hundreds of brightly colored fish in Hanauma Bay.

Hanauma Bay turtle snorkel Hawaii best sea adventures

9. Molokai:

Kayak along the North Shore Sea Cliffs, and view untouched valleys and the longest ocean-terminating waterfall in the world.

North Shore Sea Cliffs Hawaii best sea adventures




10. Kauai

Marvel at the fiery sunset from blissfully remote Polihale Beach.

Polihale Beach sunset Hawaii best sea adventures

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