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5 Unique Hawaii Experiences, From Snorkeling to Volcano Hikes


Hawaii is a highly sought-after travel destination for a variety of reasons. Discover some unique Hawaii experiences to have and how you can participate.

Hawaii is a popular travel destination for good reason.

If it’s not the sparkling beaches that are calling tourists to this region, then the friendly locals and rich culture are sure to do the trick.

But these aren’t the only appeals to having your next vacation on the islands. Hawaii is also home to thousands of exclusive events and activities that are sure to make your trip one to remember.

Kauai offers many unique Hawaii experiences
Kauai island in Hawaii. Taken by B. Jarvis via unsplash.com. [Public Domain].

Here are some of the unique Hawaii experiences to have and how you can participate:

Snorkeling with Manta Rays

There are few regions where you can get in the ocean with the beautiful and majestic wildlife—and Hawaii is one of them. Snorkeling with manta rays, in particular, is a wonderful experience that puts you in touch with nature in a new and exciting way. Best of all, Hawaii doesn’t just have opportunities to snorkel during the day. You could also take advantage of night outings to see a whole new side to the ocean.

Volcano Hikes on the Big Island

Lava from Kilauea on Hawaii flows into the ocean on the Big Island
Lava from Kīlauea on Hawaii Big Island flows into the ocean. Taken by M. Szeglat via unsplash.com. [Public Domain].

The volcano activity on and around the islands offers some of the most awe-inspiring sights in the world. Fortunately, in Hawaii, you have a chance to see these views up close and personal on a volcano hike. The Big Island is home to an active volcano, where lava streams across its shores—slowly building it more each day. Tours of these islands offer you a chance to hike along the cooled black lava and witness mother nature at work as you get in a workout.

Related read: Check out our United States travel guide for more great US destinations!

The Lanai Cat Sanctuary

If you’re a cat lover, this something you must experience during your time in Hawaii. Since its beginnings, The Lanai Cat Sanctuary strives to protect the large homeless cat population on Lanai island. Fully run by donor generosity, this refuge cares for over 600 cats as well as works to protect the region’s native bird population from extinction. For an admission fee, you can stop by the island, sit down for a picnic, and enjoy the company of a few friendly and happy felines.

Pigs from the Sea Events

The Pigs from the Sea Mission is a long-running symbol of Hawaii’s deep connection to Okinawa, Japan, and their mutual respect. During the aftermath of World War II, Japan was in the midst of a food crisis brought about by the conflict. It was its relationship with Japan that lead Hawaii to supply them with over 500 pigs to relieve their hunger. This act of kindness has rooted a deep cultural connection between the two territories that they still celebrate today with a series of memorial events.

Endangered Bird Watching

There are hundreds of exotic and beautiful bird species that call the Hawaiian Islands home. However, many of them find themselves in a threatened state and steadily reducing in numbers. Partaking in a bit of bird watching during your trip allows you to get a one-of-a-kind experience with these graceful birds before they potentially vanish. If you decide to set out on a guided bird watching tour, you could also learn more about how you could help keep these birds around for future generations.

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