Windsurfing Maui on a beautiful sunny day.

Windsurfing Maui’s North Shore

Windsurfers flock to Maui’s North Shore in winter. Summer windsurfing is reserved for spots such as Kanaha Beach Park in Central Maui where wind takes precedent over waves. Here are a few more locations that make for excellent windsurfing, along with area tips and directions.

Rocky shoreline of Three Tables Beach in Oahu.

Diving and Snorkeling O’ahu’s North Shore

During the summer, from May to September, when the ocean is flat, O’ahu’s North Shore beaches are an amazing place to snorkel. With a mix of rocks, reef, sand, calm waters, and favorable winds, just about anywhere you jump in the water will have some interesting underwater topography, coral, and marine life. For the best snorkeling and diving experience, try these locations and outfitters.

A cyclist on the last leg of the 2007 Ironman in Kona.

Hiking and Biking in Kona

Hiking and biking in Kona are two vastly different experiences. There are a lot of moderate trails that are almost always the means to getting to some awesome beach, but as home to the famous Ironman World Championship, Kona takes biking seriously.

The Waikamoi Ridge Trail takes you just far away enough from the road that the only sound you can hear is the call of native birds and the creak of bamboo as it sways in the wind above you.

Hiking Maui: Hana and Vicinity

Hiking in Hana consists of calm, easy trails, most of which are a nice short break to stretch your legs or a moderate workout. There are a few trails less traveled with rewards such as peaceful picnic areas or pristine waterfalls, and plenty of costal views.

Bathed in the scent of eucalyptus and pine, the “topside” of central Moloka‘i is where you truly feel as if you’re in the mountains.

Moloka‘i’s Hiking Trails

Even for Maui locals, the hiking trails of Moloka‘i are shrouded in mystery. Often the trails require either four-wheel drive access or permission from private landowners, although there are still a number that are accessible to the public. You’re rewarded for your effort with sweeping views of the entire island.

The Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail system stretches over half the island.

Following the King’s Trail in Kohala

A conglomeration of several trails, the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail system stretches over half the island. The National Park Service is working on improving the usability of these trails even more, but for now, there is about a 15-mile section that one can easily follow, with various access points depending on how long you wish to explore.

Rocks jut out of the sand at Hanalei Bay on Kauai's northern shore.

Best Beaches in Hanalei, Kaua‘i

The best beaches in Hanalei are along Hanalei Bay & Waikoko Beach, all excellent for sun, sand, and surf. Hanalei Bay is big, popular, and full of conveniences, while Waikoko is smaller and less-crowded but still located close to Hanalei’s amenities.

A pair of cyclists following the Railway Trail in Bermuda.

Exploring Bermuda’s Railway Trail

Stretching the length of the island, the Railway Trail provides a serene 20-mile artery through Bermuda’s parishes, safely away from trafficked thoroughfares. Try two of the best sections on foot or bicycle.

‘Akaka Falls plunges down into a pool near Hilo, Hawaii.

‘Akaka Falls State Park on the Big Island

Everybody’s idea of a pristine Hawaiian valley is viewable at ‘Akaka Falls State Park, one of the most easily accessible forays into Hawai‘i’s beautiful interior. Many varieties of plants that would be in window pots anywhere else are giants here, almost trees.