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Things to do in Hawaii

The raw beauty of the Hawaiian islands has long attracted travelers, and rugged nature-lovers will find plenty of things to do in Hawaii—hiking active volcanoes, surfing massive waves, driving dramatic coastal roads, exploring lava rock deserts, and trekking in rainforests with cool waterfalls. From Maui to Kaui to the Big Island and Oahu, there are plenty of activities and attractions for more sedentary types too—museums dedicated to the islands’ Polynesian heritage, public gardens, pristine beaches, art galleries, markets selling local crafts, and great bars serving mai tais.

No matter how or where you choose to embrace the aloha spirit—on one of the world’s most scenic golf courses, under the stars on Waikiki Beach while listening to ukulele music, or on a bus to historic Diamond Head Lighthouse—there are countless places and things to do in Hawaii to keep you coming back. For ideas on how to make the most of your trip, peruse our Hawaii travel guide. All listings are created and vetted by Travel + Leisure editors and writers. Our experts know what to do in Hawaii and will have you planning your photo safari, helicopter tour, and beach excursion even before you step off the plane.

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  • Ahu Pohaku Ho'omawluhia

    This remote retreat on the North Kohala Coast fuses Polynesian healing traditions with a green ethos. Book a lomilomi massage with a practitioner t... More
  • Air Kauai

  • Alii Antiques I & II

    Charles Yee Hoy and staff have been selling antiques at a pair of shops in downtown Kailua for over 25 years. Their first store draws from the main... More
  • Allerton Garden

    Island and European styles merge in the Allerton Garden, located in Poipu’s Lāwa`i Valley. Allerton and the nearby McBryde Garden are run by the Na... More
  • Aloha Stadium Swap Meet

    The largest open-air flea market in Hawaii, the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet takes place every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday in the parking lot surrou... More
  • Bailey's Antiques and Aloha Shirts

    Hawaiian shirts sell for as little as $4, but vintage varieties from the 1930s will set you back thousands of dollars. More
  • Baldwin Beach Park

    Baldwin Beach Park, on the north shore of Maui and just west of the plantation town Paia, is a noted destination for bodyboarding and bodysurfing. ... More
  • Bar 35

    This slightly off-the-beaten-path bar in Chinatown is known among locals for its impressive selection of beers — more than 150 from around the worl... More
  • Barnfield's Raging Isle Surf & Cycle

    A local institution, the shop for surf gear, mountain bikes, and Franko's Oahu Surfing Map, a vital guide to the legendary surf breaks of the North... More
  • Beach at Polihale State Park

  • Bishop Museum

    Probably the best museum complex in the world for everything Polynesian (as well as Melanesian and Micronesian), the Bishop is Hawaii’s most famous... More
  • Bob's Ukulele

    Bob’s sells one product mainly, the evocative and characteristically Hawaiian four-string guitar. There are ukes of ribbon-grained koa that cost hu... More
  • Bubbles Below Scuba Charters

    Explore the North Pacific waters and observe marine animals in their native habitat with guidance from the staff at Bubbles Below Scuba Charters. M... More
  • Capt. Andy's Sailing

    The natural wonders of the towering Na Pali coastal cliffs, the reefs, and marine life are easily accessed from the Spirit of Kauai or the Akialoa,... More
  • Carol Arklind

    Special Booking: For several Texan clients, Arklind orchestrated a classic Scandinavian Christmas holiday, with an airport transfer by dogsled and ... More

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