Pacific Whale Foundation has the largest presence for whale-watching in Lahaina.

Whale Watching in West Maui

Whale watching in west Maui is easy: any single vessel that floats is going to be offering whale watching between December 15 and April 15. Since most prices are about the same, the choice ultimately comes down to what sort of vessel best suits your comfort level.

Surfboards for rent on Waikiki Beach.

Best Surf Spots in Waikiki

Synonymous with surfing, Waikiki is home to a host of excellent surf spots. Whether you are a longboarder, shortboarder, experienced, novice, or first-timer, there’s a number of breaks that suit all abilities. Here are the best of the best for everyone.

Hulopo‘e Beach on Lana‘i, Hawaii.

Best Surf Spots on Lana‘i

The best surf spots on Lana‘i cater to more experienced surfers for the most part, but that doesn’t mean beginners are out of luck. With one exception, getting to these locations is going to take more than simply parking at the beach, and the trade-off there is that you won’t have the same crowds at the more accessible beach. With all that said, here’s where to go, plus rental shops and lessons.

The vast salt flats of Badwater Basin are the lowest point in North America at 282 feet below sea level.

The Best of Death Valley in One Day

If you only have one day to spend in Death Valley, this driving tour of the park will help you experience some of the most iconic sights, stretch your legs, and even enjoy a back-road adventure. Fill your gas tank before entering the park, and be sure to have plenty of food and water on hand, as services are limited.

Old Bank Building, Rhyolite Ghost Town in Death Valley, California.

Discover Death Valley National Park

Death Valley may be as close as you get to visiting another planet. Its sculpted sand dunes, crusted salt flats, towering rocks, and polished marble canyons will make you consider your place in the universe. Learn about the Valley’s spectacular sights and the secrets that draw visitors by the thousands.

A 5mph speed limit sign warns of a twisty road ahead on Moloka‘i.

Getting Around Moloka‘i

Getting around Moloka‘i is fairly easy and convenient thanks to the handful of options that cater both to independent drivers and those who like for someone else to take the wheel. Here’s where to go to get you where you want to go.

Windsurfing Maui on a beautiful sunny day.

Kitesurfing and Windsurfing Lessons in Central Maui

Since Maui can offer some of the most exhilarating, yet challenging, conditions for windsurfing and kitesurfing, those who want to pick up the sports can save themselves hours of frustration by taking lessons from a pro. Here are schools in the area, the packages they offer, and rental shops for gear.