1. Na Pal Coast State Park
The Na Pali Coast is located on the north shore of Kauai and features panoramic views of the Pacific ocean, velvet green cliffs and cascading waterfalls. Kauai's famous coastline is truly majestic with emerald green pinnacles that tower along the shoreline for 16 miles. The only land access is via the 10 mile Kalalau Trail that starts at Kee Beach and crosses five different valleys and ends at secluded Kalalau Beach. This is a challenging and sometimes treacherous hike. Non-hikers can enjoy the scenery of the coastline on boat tours that depart from Port Allen by kayak or plane tours.
2. Hanuauma Bay
Hanuauma Bay is a must see on the island of Oahu! This gorgeous bay is popular for snorkeling with visitors because of the wide variety of species found here which include sea turtles, trumpet fish, angel fish and butterfly fish. You can find a rental equipment companies on the beach. This is an enjoyable and relaxing way to spend the day even for the most inexperienced snorkeller. Easy to get to by car or bus from Waikiki or alternatively you can go through a tour company.
3. Polynesian Cultural Center
Spend the day at the Polynesian Cultural Center exploring the rich heritage of the Pacific Islands. Wander through 42 acres of tropical splendor and visit authentic villages and mingle with natives from six Pacific cultures as they demonstrate their arts. Top off your day with a spectacular evening show with authentic Hawaiian entertainment and dine like royalty at the Polynesian Luau, a royal feast that includes traditional luau food such as kulua, pork, poi and more. Get tickets to the Polynesian Cultural Center which include admission, shows, dinner and more.
4. Hawaii Volcano National Park
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is located on Hawaii's Big Island and encompasses two active volcanoes. The park offers over 100 miles of hiking trails that take you through old lava tubes, recently formed lava flows and over the still smoking crater floors of the parks volcanoes. If you only have a few hours you can drive along the 11 mile road that encircles the summit caldera, passes through the desert, lush tropical rainforest, traverses the caldera floor and provides access to well marked scenic stops and short walks.
5. Mt Waialeale
Mt. Waialeale is a shield volcano covered in thick layers of emerald green vegetation. It is located on the island of Kauai and is one of the wettest places on earth. The wall of the volcano is known as the Weeping Wall and you can see why from the photo above. If you are up for a challenging hike, you can get up close with these enchanting waterfalls at the base of the mountain also known as the Blue Hole.