Aloha! Isn’t it exciting to think that you’ll soon be exploring a tropical paradise set out in the middle of the Pacific? There’s a certain rush that comes with it, a thrill that probably won’t leave your system until months after your Hawaiian excursion has ended. Now’s the time to take a moment to plan out some of the things you absolutely must do, your own personal Hawaii bucket list of activities and adventures that you’ll likely regret if you don’t experience them during your stay.

There are so many things to do in the islands that pinpointing just a few can be quite a task, but if we were going to compile our Hawaii bucket list, the following items would definitely be on it!

Volcano Tour

The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is your ticket to everything volcano-related, including a look at the ongoing eruption, usually visible from the Park’s Jaggar Museum.

The National Park encompasses two of the Big Island’s active volcanoes, Kilauea and Mauna Loa, and gives a firsthand look at what happens to the environment after a volcanic eruption sends lava flowing over entire towns and fields.

Manta Ray Night Snorkel

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Manta Ray, the ocean’s graceful giant

Dive deep into the darkness of the Pacific Ocean after the sun sets for a unique experience involving snorkeling and manta rays. These beautiful, docile creatures are a fascinating element of the underwater world and this nighttime ocean excursion lets you get up-close with them.

Surfing Lessons

This one is pretty self-explanatory. Learn the ins and outs of surfing, and see if you can master the waves off Hawaii’s golden shores. You’ll be taught how to control the board, balance yourself, and manage the incoming waves on a beginner level. Quick learners should have no problem hitting the surf on their own and getting lost for hours in the thrill of surfing.

Ziplining

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Soaring above the treetops

One of Hawaii’s most popular adventure activities, ziplining straps you in for an exciting ride over hundreds of feet of stunning terrain. Zip through towering canopies of green and over stretches of rolling plains at thrilling speeds.

Whether you’re traveling as a couple or with your family, ziplining is an activity that everybody can enjoy!

Stargazing Atop Mauna Kea

Imagine being atop one of the Big Island’s tallest volcanoes, staring up into a star-filled sky as the sun vanishes for the evening. After a picturesque ride up to the volcano’s summit, settle in and wait for the stars to illuminate the evening sky. Thousands of twinkling lights sparkle overhead, giving you a show that no one but Mother Nature could possibly give you.

Authentic Luau

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Chief’s Luau Polynesian Show

Take some time to walk around Sea Life Park on Oahu and you’ll find yourself immersed in an incredible world of Pacific aquatic life. But the most fascinating and enjoyable part of a visit here is the Chief’s Luau, which is about as authentic a luau  as you’ll find!

From a huge spread of food made with local ingredients to the traditional entertainment featuring hula and fire knife dances, this luau is everything you could want from a Hawaiian party!