Here Are 11 Overrated Tourist Activities To Avoid In Hawaii
By Megan Shute|Updated on July 29, 2022(Originally published July 24, 2022)
With more than 10 years of experience as a professional writer, Megan holds a degree in Mass Media from her home state of Minnesota. After college, she chose to trade in her winter boots for slippahs and moved to the beautiful island of Oahu, where she has been living for more than five years. She lives on the west side but is constantly taking mini-road trips across the island and visits the neighboring islands whenever she can getaway. She loves hiking, snorkeling, locally-grown coffee, and finding the best acai bowl on Oahu.
When visiting Hawaii – whether you are from the mainland, or simply exploring a neighbor island – you might want to avoid what many would call “tourist traps.” You know, the attractions the guide books boast about, but are actually just overrun with so many tourists that you leave slightly disappointed and confused as to why everyone talks about how amazing it is? Well, these 11 Hawaii tourist traps are, quite frankly, overrated.
I understand that I may have previously touted these activities as mandatory for island residents, but this is meant to be a fun piece that offers memorable alternatives to those activities that are a little too “safe” for anyone planning a trip to the Hawaiian Islands. After all, you only have so much time in paradise and you want to experience the best of the best, don’t you?
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Are there a lot of tourist traps in Hawaii?
With 4.7 million tourists coming to Oahu alone, you are guaranteed to find a few tourists traps on the islands. There are plenty of places that grab the eye of a traveler, and provide more of a surface experience of the islands instead of delving deep into what makes Hawaii truly special.
Is Hawaii itself considered a tourist trap?
Because Hawaii is one of the most well-known vacation destinations in the world, much of the islands caters to tourists as its their number one economy. But it doesn’t take much to travel outside of the overdone areas and see the true beauty Hawaii has to offer.
What is a tourist trap?
A tourist trap is a place that attracts and then exploits tourists. It’s usually overpopulated and no longer reflective of the culture or area the way it once originally may have been.