The islands of Hawaii they are a magical paradise, full of natural wonders, crystal clear waters and rich culture. Hawaii has 137 islands, eight of which are inhabited.
The most popular, Hawaii, is affectionately called “Ilha Grande” and is where most new visitors arrive first.
The state capital, Honolulu, is also home to the islands’ largest airport. Although the state imposed severe restrictions after the Covid-19 pandemic, it is still open to tourism and there is much to see and do on the Hawaiian islands.
1. Museu do Bispo – Recently reopened
Bishop’s Museum is a favorite of tourists and locals and features some of the best artistic and cultural artifacts from the past and the present.
Divided into three floors, this museum tells the history of the world before humanity through a series of myths and stories. It also offers visitors an in-depth look at the people currently inhabiting the islands and a glimpse into the otherworld of mystical creatures who care for Hawaii.
The museum also offers special exhibitions for a limited time that offer something for the whole family.
2. Maui Ocean Center – Recently reopened
With some of the most diverse marine diversity on the planet, it is no wonder that people migrate to the Maui Ocean Center to see the species of the island chain up close.
Hawaii’s remote location on the Pacific Ocean makes it uniquely positioned to enjoy some of the world’s rarest coral reefs, marine animals and flora.
Many of these plants and creatures have made the Maui Ocean Center their home, and a visit to this aquarium is a must-visit on any list of new travelers.
3. Polynesian Cultural Center – Recently reopened
Oahu’s main attraction, the Polynesian Cultural Center it is one of the best places to explore the rich culture of the Pacific Islands.
Visit authentic villages and meet the locals, enjoy a fun and festive traditional dinner and luau, experience a unique fire show with over 100 Polynesian artists and take a personalized tour of Circle Island. This experience is very popular, even during Covid, so it’s worth booking your tickets in advance.
4. Campo Mauna Lani-North for golf lovers
Golf lovers go to Hawaii for its pristine courses, and few are more spectacular than the Mauna Lani course. Set in a stunning setting of undulating palm trees and perched atop a bed of lava, this golf course is surrounded by the breathtaking Kiawe forests.
Make sure to stop at hole number 17, a golfers’ favorite that sits in a natural amphitheater. It is also one of the most popular places for a photo shoot
5. Missouri battleship memorial at Pearl Harbor
Instrumental in the battles of World War II and the site of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Battleship Missouri was one of the few warships sent to Hawaii to defend the territory of the United States (which later became a state).
The memorial is now a historic attraction, receiving millions of visitors each year. The warship is open for tours four days a week, and expert guides give detailed lectures on the role of the ship in the war. After the guided tour, guests can explore on their own.
6. Honolulu Museum of Art
Honolulu Museum of Art it houses some of the most influential pieces in the history of the island chain and is a must visit for any art lover. “HoMa” features stories, films, “Art After Dark” and Family Funday Domingos for residents and visitors.
One of the most popular exhibits offers a close-up view of Mt. Fuji, Japan’s most iconic volcano.
The daily exhibition features works by native Hawaiian artists, including interactive exhibits and family facilities that children can touch and explore. You can book your HoMa tickets online before your visit.
7. Chocolate Factory Tour
Sweet tooth holders rejoice The Chocolate Factory tour is open for business during Covid. Hawaii has an abundance of cocoa trees and the island chain produces some of the most flavorful chocolates in the world.
On this tour, you will visit the chocolate plantation and have a privileged view of how the chocolate is harvested, produced and packaged.
Visitors to the Chocolate Factory can enjoy samples of the different chocolates available, some filled with the best complements on the island such as pineapple, macadamia nut and coconut.
8. Sunset sailing on the Makani catamaran
Few things compare to the sunset on Oahu, so if you’re on the island, a sail at sunset on a Makani catamaran is a must. Watch the deep orange sun setting below the horizon, the last streaks of light dancing in the waters of the Pacific.
This tour is an excellent activity for couples looking for a romantic experience to end their vacation in Hawaii.
After sunset, sail the warm waters with the lights of Honolulu as a backdrop. If you’re lucky, you might even see a whale or dolphin dancing beside your boat. Tours start at $ 118 for adults with discounted rates for seniors and children.
9. Walk through the historic city of Pearl Harbor
Take a trip back in time as you explore some of the most iconic sites of World War II, and explore Honolulu’s historic past on a guided tour.
The tour includes the USS Arizona tour, Battleship Row, Punchbowl National Cemetery, Downtown Honolulu and Aliiolani Hale, which became popular from the Hawaii Five-O TV show. This day trip leaves Maui, Big Island and Kauai.
10. Kayak rental
People come from all over the world to the waters of Hawaii, and the island chain is a major attraction for surfers. Renting a kayak is one of the best ways to explore the islands by water.
Hawaii has more than 750 miles of coastline and more beaches than you can count, and each offers kayak rentals by the hour or day.
The water temperature in most places is around 70 degrees Fahrenheit and the winds usually take kayaks closer to the shore instead of the sea. When renting your kayak, specialized guides will inform you if the conditions are favorable for canoeing that day. Try renting a kayak at sunrise for a surreal experience.
11. Stand-up paddle board rental
Another great way to experience the Hawaiian sunset is on a stand-up board. Although most beaches are great for this fun activity, some are highly recommended.
Makena Landing Park, Waimea Bay, Hanalei River and Lanikai Beach are some of the most coveted places for stand up paddleboarding. You will find many places along the way where it is easy to rent a paddle board for a day.
12. Oahu Hidden Gems Tour + Snorkeling with turtles
This full-day tour begins with pickup from your hotel and takes you to the Diamond Head volcano in Waikiki for a panoramic view of the island’s majesty.
This spot is an excellent location for photos and was once the place where viewers stayed to watch Amelia Earhart take her first solo flight from Hawaii to the United States.
Then, you visit Halona Blowhole, a natural geyser formed from molten and cooled lava. During the tour, you will enjoy several photo stops at privileged spots on the island, a macadamia nut and coffee tasting tour and a shrimp lunch at a local Hawaiian farm.
You will also visit the Dole pineapple plantation and end the day with a snorkel with native turtles, known as “Hona” by the locals. This tour is popular and runs out quickly.
13. Bike ride through famous beaches
Take your heart and visit some of the most famous beaches in the island chain by bicycle. The famous North Shore bike path will take you along some of the most picturesque beaches that Hawaii has to offer.
A specialized guide rides and tells the story of the island and its sights. You’ll see Sunset Beach, the Bonzai Pipeline and some of Oahu’s best surf spots.
The tour lasts two hours and is tailor-made for cyclists of all athletic levels. Children also love this tour.
14. Diamond Head walk
This hike is challenging and steep, but the people who conquer it say that the views are worth the effort. At the eastern end of the Waikiki coast, the Diamond Head state monument is known for its breathtaking views, hiking trails and military history.
This walk is great as part of a day trip to the monument. The park offers picnic facilities, restrooms and concession tents. This hike is one of the most challenging, so experienced hikers can enjoy this tour as part of their visit to Waikiki. Entry to the park area costs $ 5 and hikers can enjoy a self-guided tour.
Hawaii is home to natural beauty and incredible scenery and is rich in history and culture. From snorkeling to sunset cruises, historic tours and coffee tastings, there is no shortage of things to do in Hawaii during COVID.
The most popular tours remain in effect, even during COVID, and there is much to see and do on this Pacific island chain.
15. Volcanoes National Park
Hawaii’s volcano national park is one of the few in the hemisphere that offers a unique close-up view of a chain of an active volcanic system.
Located 45 miles southwest of Hilo Island, the park is home to Kilauea and Mauna Loa, two of the 5 spectacular volcanoes that make up the Island of Hawaii. Kilauea is considered one of the most active volcanoes on the planet at the moment.
Professional tip: The Park is open to all visitors, but due to the strong eruption in December, it is not recommended for visitors with heart or breathing problems, children or pregnant women until the air is clearer.
If you’re lucky, you might have a chance to experience some moderate seismic activity, hear the boom in gas emissions, or even see a pillar of ash escaping into the air.
For your safety, it is highly recommended to stay on the marked routes, read and follow all warning signs and stay out of the restricted areas.