Top 5 Adrenaline Inducing Experiences in Hawaii

Thoughts about Hawaii immediately conjure images of warm sand, hot sun, ocean waves, and lush, green jungles – in short, a tropical paradise. What if your idea of a perfect vacation isn’t about sitting on the beach soaking in the rays or taking a relaxing stroll along the shoreline?

Instead, do you love the thrill of adventure and the breathless rush of adrenaline that make you feel alive? If so, look no further than Hawaii to feed your adventurous spirit. Read on to discover some of our favorite adrenaline-inducing adventures on the Hawaiian Islands that will make your next vacation unforgettable.

#1 Snorkel with Sharks, Oahu

Hawaii is home to around 40 species of sharks of all sizes from 8 inches (pygmy sharks) to 50 feet or more (whale sharks).

One way to get up close and personal with these creatures of the deep is by cage diving. Daring swimmers encounter sharks behind the bars of a cage that is suspended in the ocean’s deep waters.

How about taking this experience one step further and snorkel with sharks? One Ocean Diving, a marine research and conservation organization, offers this extraordinary experience to the public. The program is the first and only cageless shark research and diving program in Hawaii and has been developed based on shark behavioral research.


Before getting in the water, the team teaches swimmers about the biology, physiology, and behavior of sharks and how to safely interact with them. Then, an expert underwater guide constantly monitors the marine life as you swim with the magnificent marine life. You will walk away with a new understanding and appreciation for life under the water.

#2 Rappel Down a Waterfall, Maui

Most people on vacation take pictures standing in front of majestic waterfalls. Rather than enjoying the natural beauty of a waterfall at a distance, imagine the thrill of getting up close and personal by rappelling down a 30 to 50-foot cliff with the streaming water at your side. There’s nothing quite like stepping over the edge!

When you rappel with Rappel Maui you spend a day in the rainforest preserve, exploring waterfalls, cliffs, canyons, and freshwater pools. The best part is that no climbing or rappelling experience is required, and all equipment is provided.

#2 Hike an Active Volcano, the Big Island

To hike the Hawaiian volcanoes look no further than Volcanoes National Park where you can select different trails within the 333,000 square foot park. Choose to hike through a lava field or around the perimeter of the smoking Kilauea caldera. The longest trail is the Crater Rim trail at 11.6 miles, an easy trail that can be hiked in about 8 hours. Here you will enjoy scenic vistas and see past lava and cinders, stem vents, and past destruction with new plant life.

The Park has reopened following the volcano eruption that began in May 2018. Visitors will appreciate that the lava landscape of the Hawaii Island is forever changed because of this event.

#4 Catch the Waves, Oahu

Hawaii is known for some monster waves too, and you can’t say Hawaii without immediately thinking about surfing. We’ve “ooh’d” and “aah’d” as some of the biggest names in the sport have demonstrated skill and daring as they ride the towering ocean waves.

Are you an experienced surfer or are you just learning? No matter if you are looking for waves with serious velocity or if you want to try a slower swell, Hawaii has surfing sites for all ability levels. Some of the most top destinations include the North Shore with monster swells during the months between November and February. If you want to gain a little experience, try Waikiki beach’s gentler waves.


Before adventuring out into the water be sure to check the Oahu surf report for water conditions and surf size. If the water’s not to your liking, you can also watch surfers try their luck at the Northshore’s Banzai Pipeline, Waimea Bay, and Sunset Beach.

#5 Zip Down Hawaii’s Longest Line, Maui

The island of Maui is home to the fastest, highest, and longest zipline on the Hawaiian Islands. Open your eyes and enjoy panoramic views of Maui as you soar above eleven different ridges and nine valleys, suspended by a harness and cables. This heart pounding, ziplining adventure covers more than 2.5 miles with a series of 8 ziplines.

As you catch your breath in between ziplines, a tour guide will give you information about Maui’s flora and fauna. You will leave with a unique perspective about the island’s rich history and culture.


Close to the Top Five

This is just a sampling of what Hawaii has to offer. There are many other activities like horseback riding on the ocean, touring the islands by helicopter or bi-plane, and nighttime diving with manta rays that missed our top five but made our favorites list.

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