Going to any of the Hawaiian islands can be a wonderful experience even if you just sit on the beach. However, if all you do is sunbathe, you're likely to miss the truly awe-inspiring aspects of the state that make it unusual and unique in the world. Seek out the activities below for one-of-a-kind experiences you can have while you're in Hawaii.
Night Diving with Manta Rays
Snorkeling or diving might be something you've thought about, but if you've seen fish before, you may be thinking of skipping it. However, at Garden Eel Cove and other select spots, there's something you might not have ever seen or will again: manta rays feeding on plankton. Hawaiians noticed that plankton were drawn closer to shore by the bright night lights of hotels and other buildings, and the manta rays followed them there. You can observe them closely by diving or snorkeling once the sun sets.
If you do night diving with the manta rays, you're likely to get an oxygen tank and be directed down to one particular spot; that's because it's unwise to swim among the manta rays, who can be scratched by your swim fins and knocked back by your body. As you watch, you'll see them glide and turn through the ocean water. Many times you can feel them brush by you or come within an arm's reach of them. Snorkeling is also done, in which case you'd be perched above the rays instead of below them.
Helicopter Riding Above a Volcano
Volcanoes in Hawaii are well-known, and a handful of them are active. Flying over the Kilauea volcano, for instance, you'll be able to see hot lava for yourself. You might even be able to feel warmth coming up from the site. Depending on the tour you choose, you might also fly over some of the beautiful waterfalls the state offers as well.
Walking on Black Sand Beaches
If you just can't stay away from the beach, another magical activity that you can't experience anywhere else are Hawaii's black sand beaches. The reason the sand is black is due to tiny basalt pieces mixed in with other kinds of sand and occurs naturally near some volcanoes. The dramatic sight of black sand next to the ocean is an unforgettable one.
A Hawaiian trip offers many delights, but these activities will transform it into a magical, unforgettable experience. Work with local tour and excursion companies, like Pacific Rim Divers, to plan out activities you'll love