An instructor preparing to zipline tandem with a young boy at Zip Isle on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Hamakua Coast Ziplines

Zipline rides are booming on the Big Island. While there’s lots of competition between companies on the Hamakua Coast for the best course, there’s only one certified provider. Constructed in partnership with certified engineers, this course guarantees the utmost safety for zipliners.

A large sea stack off the coast of Lanai.

Lana‘i Hiking Trails

Lana’i has plenty of hiking trails and most have something extra to offer such as unique archaeological sights or a bit of island history. The trails tend toward rugged, and there are a few that require planning ahead unless you’re eager for a challenging return trip.

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.

Snorkeling in clear shallow water in Bermuda's Blue Hole Park.

Bermuda’s Blue Hole Park and Walsingham Nature Reserve

In Hamilton Parish, this property incorporates coast and forested land from Blue Hole Park to Tom Moore’s Jungle (as Walsingham Nature Reserve is commonly called). Learn about Tom Moore’s local legend and his calabash tree, the honeycomb of forest caves, and the amazing swimming grottoes and underwater caves.

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.

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.

The wreck of the HMS Vixen. Photo © Gary Parker/123rf.

Bermuda Shipwreck Dive Sites

Bermuda is known as the shipwreck capital of the Atlantic. Most of these unfortunate vessels, from treasure-laden galleons to U.S. Civil War-era steamers, lie less than 60 feet deep, making accessibility a breeze.

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 […]