When you live on an island, day trips can be difficult unless you are able to island hop to explore another beautiful slice of paradise. So, because any given Hawaiian island is only so big, you have to get a little bit creative.
1) Drive around the island.
Some islands are smaller than others but you will get to enjoy beautiful scenery and, let's be honest, it's as close to a road trip as you can get. Bring your beach gear and walking shoes so you can stop anywhere that catches your eye.
2) Check out a new beach.
With the beautiful Pacific Ocean surrounding you, a new beach is never too far away. Go out of your comfort zone and try somewhere different. Who knows, maybe you’ll find a new favorite.
3) Explore a new city or town.
If you are on Oahu, try the sleepy surfer town of Haleiwa, located on the north shore. This adorable small town has great shopping, food and killer beaches. And if you aren't on Oahu, there is always another new town to explore.
4) Rent kayaks.
What better way to explore paradise than by the ocean? Paddle from Kailua Beach on Oahu to the small island off the coast - there's a secluded beach and you can even hike to the top or explore the Na Pali Coast of Kauai.
5) Go outdoors.
If you have time for an overnight trip, check out one of the many stellar campsites throughout the Hawaiian Islands.
6) Become a Paniolo.
A paniolo refers to a Hawaiian cowboy. Saddle up and check out Kualoa Ranch on Oahu, Puakea Ranch on the Big Island or Mendes Ranch on Kauai.
7) Take a hike.
With amazing mountain ranges, the Hawaiian Islands are home to some of America’s best hiking. Choose a longer trail, pack up your gear and some lunch and head out for the day.
8) Get cultured.
Enjoy a luau, and learn about Polynesian culture and history. Or visit one of Hawaii’s many cultural institutions or museums.
9) Experience the exotic.
Consider visiting the Honolulu Zoo or the Three Ring Ranch Exotic Animal Sanctuary on the Big Island.
10) Try a new sport.
From surfing and stand up paddle boarding to beach volleyball and golf, Hawaii has got it all – drive an hour or two to the best beach around and take a chance.
Day trips are difficult when you can’t go too far from home but with a little creativity you can enjoy the perfect day in Hawaii.