Best Adventurous Things to Do in Honolulu

THE 10 BEST Adventurous Things to Do in Honolulu

Best Adventurous Things to Do in Honolulu

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  • 1LGM1
    Philadelphia, PA89 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous Views! Beautiful Hike! Make reservations and go early. Take your time, Rest when needed, drink lots of water!
    Written 15 June 2024
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  • BrakiWorldTraveler
    Belgrade, Serbia18,626 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Koko head is right across Hanauma bay in the southeastern part of Oahu.
    Parking beneath is free at a huge parking lot, though difficult to find spaces on weekends when we've visited.
    From the bottom you see the cut path going straight up through lush greenery. It looks both, scary and challenging.
    It took us around 40 min to reach the summit with very often breaks (I am 55).
    Imo, it's more a challenge and adventure of personal satisfaction than for the views. Views are nice, but better are from both, Diamond Head and Tantalus lookout (the latter you reach comfortably in your car).
    However, if this is your cup of tea do it, specially because I've read they're going to dismantle the stairs. Personally, I wouldn't do it again.
    Written 9 June 2024
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  • Brenda M
    Gillespie, IL45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you want an incredible view then this is it! The hike takes about 30 minutes up. It rocky, wet terrain up and isn’t for anyone who came walking well. The payout when you get there is breathtaking!
    Written 6 June 2024
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  • ColonelReb32617
    Spring Hill, TN139 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great hike up the scenic landmark. Take plenty of water and your reservation from the state website. People say to go early, but midday might be less crowded. We went around 9 o clock and there were tons of people going and coming. As we were descending around 10 or so, it seemed that the crowds ascending were lighter. It is not necessarily a long hike, but it is challenging, and there is a tunnel where it is very narrow but the ascenders and descenders must pass each other. If your size is such that you will take up the whole width of the tunnel or other areas on the trail yourself, that could be an awkward or embarassing situation.
    Written 9 June 2024
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  • Geneva P
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This place was amazing I wish I had more time there. I will definitely go back on my own one day. A must see when traveling to Hawaii
    Written 13 June 2024
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  • Jason P
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Truly amazing show. very unknown and unexpected night event on the Island. Captivating and intimate. Also very funny.
    Written 17 March 2024
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  • Brown_Samantha
    Kennewick, WA1,631 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We debated back and forth on if we wanted to do this hike; so glad we decided to go! Yes, even with sunny Waikiki, this rain forest will be misty and showery. We went prepared: umbrellas, dark colored good walking shoes (do not wear anything white or nice). Your shoes will get dirty. Even with rocks on the trail, our shoes got a little bit dirty. Nothing a quick clean up didn't fix. No big deal.

    The trail is so well maintained. It is a trail to waterfalls, be realistic people!! Some areas will be steep and steps required. But as far as waterfalls trails go, we thought this one was EASY!

    It just amazes us how Jurassic Park this "feels". Just lovely. We spent about 2 hours or so enjoying this area. At the end, we were rewarded by nice flowing 150 feet drop Manoa Falls. She sure is lovely.

    They put "do not go beyond" signs at the end of the trail, but plenty of people scramble to the water's edge. We went earlier in the morning, when we finished, definitely more people.

    There is a nice clean up area, bathrooms, snack bar, etc. Easy to get Uber rideshares to and from. Highly recommend the hike.
    Written 30 August 2023
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  • d1domino
    Gilbertsville, PA81 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    All Trails says it’s illegal, but there are so many people still doing it. We pulled into the parking area and found a spot. Crowded, but not full.

    The trail is easy to follow from AllTrails. If you’re unsure which way to go, ask someone coming the other way.

    We had rain and no rain coats, so we were chilly when we got to the falls and didn’t swim, but there is plenty of water to swim in. We didn’t stay long because it was later in the day, which put the sun partially on the falls.

    I would recommend this hike, but not if you are alone. Make sure there are others already in the trail.
    Written 2 July 2023
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  • kona f
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It will always be "Walls" to the right is "Main Point" then you have the little Cove Inlet and the next surf spot is called Fingers because it looked exactly like a finger we would climb up the Rock and jump off into the water when Main Point wasn't breaking and Walls wasn't breaking we would surf finger, but you have to be careful because it had a lot of reef over there. China Wall is about 200 or 300 ft out from main point and when China Wall was closing out and unsurfable we would go farther out towards Diamond Head, what we always called as Second China's. Sometimes on very great days you could actually surf China walls and then if you got down on your board and paddled hard and wrote it you could get all the way to pillars right near the Kaiser House

    It really sucks that they have changed the name around, the reason that China Wall has its name is because the surf over there is in deep water there is a partial Reef in the area but the waves that break over there are very steep like a wall and that's why the name came out to be China Wall. I don't know how all these Facebook idiots started calling the Rock area which is always been known as "Walls"

    I started surfing that area in 1975 and learned from the people that surfed there before me. So I think I will hold on to what is been all I've known. Every chance I get when I see videos and people call it the wrong names I always try to correct but that's all we can do.
    Written 3 May 2024
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  • Quiles-Cardona
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This hike isn’t for the faint of heart! Lol it’s very challenging and sometimes dangerous but worth it in the end when you get to the waterfalls and the views. Definitely worth it. 👍🏼
    Written 16 September 2019
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  • Sofia S
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I wish I knew ahead of time about byob and don’t forget your closed toe shoes
    Had a great time and the
    instructors are great!!
    Written 9 April 2021
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  • AliF
    32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The rooms (we did 3 rooms over 3 days) were fun and challenging. Our group has done over 30 escape rooms and these were some of the more creative rooms we had experienced. We really enjoyed Armory Ambush. The hosts for the rooms were also super helpful when we needed it. Because this is an independent escape room, and not part of a franchise, the concepts and games were unique and had local elements embedded in them. Just go already! :)
    Written 9 May 2024
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  • TJMcHugh
    Kuna, ID21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had two people in our group who hadn’t tried an escape room before but our host explained the process well. We all had lots of fun. The escape room itself had some high-tech features that kept us highly entertained. We escaped!
    Written 12 January 2024
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  • David M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Was an amazing experience with the family. Our granddaughter was here on Make a Wish and she had the best time observing her father, aunt and myself ( her grandfather) taking to the 1,000 foot ride. Chris and Kyle did an outstanding job keeping everyone entertained. I would highly recommend them as your guide for the best parasailing experience.
    Written 15 June 2024
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  • TAlderman
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My wife wanted to snorkel so much but had a fear of trying. Faith worked so well with her and gave her the confidence to snorkel on her own. The time spent with Faith was fun and confidence building. The videos of the outing are priceless. I so highly recommend Try Scuba to anyone wanting to learn or build their comfort level with snorkeling.
    Written 20 March 2024
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