Aerial view of Molokini Crater off the coast of Maui.

Snorkeling Molokini Crater

Nowhere else in Hawaii can you find waters as clear as those in Molokini Crater, a half-submerged volcanic caldera that rises from 300 feet of water. Snorkeling at Molokini is such a popular activity that if you want as much water to yourself as possible, you had best plan ahead to get there as early as possible on one of the smaller available charters.

View of an interpretive sign at the edge of Kealakekua Bay.

Beaches in the Big Island’s Captain Cook Area

Beaches near Big Island’s Captain Cook Monument are all excellent for various water sports, including rental kayaking, and two have great amenities for a full day at the beach with a packed picnic lunch. All are fairly busy beaches, even the harder-to-reach ones, so plan ahead if you’re looking for solitude.

The colorful rocky landscape of Keahiakawelo on Lanai.

Natural and Cultural Sights on Lana‘i

From cultural sights such as ancient petroglyphs and heiau, and an abandoned plantation village, to Hawaii’s last dryland forest and a naturally-occurring moonscape, sightseeing on Lana’i can be a quick browse of each or a leisurely immersion.

Aerial view of the islet of Moku Ho‘oniki off Molokai.

Moloka‘i Dive Sites and Snorkeling

The only reason you haven’t heard about the amazing diving and snorkeling in Moloka’i is because—with the exception of a few protected areas—the majority of dive and snorkel spots are best accessed from a dive boat or charter. Use these outfitters to explore Moku Ho‘oniki and other areas.

A waterfall with a large cavern behind it at Twin Falls in East Maui.

Twin Falls Hiking Trail in East Maui

Twin Falls is one of the easiest and shortest waterfall hikes you’ll find in East Maui. Although there are myriad waterfalls here, the two main ones are most accessible for visitors. Here are detailed directions to both, advice for going further along the trail, and a few area tips.

An older African-American woman golfer on a tropical course.

Golf and Spa Days in Honolulu

While you might prefer one over the other, Honolulu has some excellent choices for both golf and spa days. If you’re short on time or simply want the best of both in one day, plan ahead! Here’s expert author Kevin Whitton with a round-up of Honolulu golf courses and spas.

All of the best mountain biking in Moloka‘i is found on the roads of the Moloka‘i Forest Reserve.

Cycling and Mountain Biking on Moloka‘i

ll of the best mountain biking in Moloka‘i is found on the roads of the Moloka‘i Forest Reserve. If you’re looking for a long, moderate ride, the Molokai Forest Reserve Road, also known as Maunahui Road, is 19.6 miles out and back. The views are excellent along the way, especially the lookout spot where the […]

A king-sized antique bed in a brightly lit room.

Places to Stay in Honolulu

Though it’s the biggest metropolis in the middle of the Pacific, there aren’t many places to stay in Honolulu. There are a few hotels to choose from—mostly at the airport but there are a couple in Ala Moana—and a historic bed-and-breakfast or a budget YMCA/YWCA option.

Inside the dense bamboo forest of East Maui.

Hiking in the Bamboo Forest of East Maui

This challenging hike through Maui’s bamboo forest isn’t for everyone: there are steep slopes, deep forests, and even streams to traverse, but those who manage to find and stick to the trail are well-rewarded by the experience and the waterfalls of Na‘ili‘ili haele (bamboo forest)!