Hawaii is traditionally seen as a flop and drop destination but there’s plenty of activities to keep the most venturesome traveller happy, as BONNIE TAI writes.

Wreck diving in Oahu

OAHU is home to many wrecks, at least 10 of which are entirely accessible. Perhaps the most famous wreck of them all is the sunken Corsair F4U aircraft, located 15 minutes from the Koko marine. The WWII aircraft first found its way to the bottom of the sea during a routine mission from Pearl Harbour in 1946. Today, seasoned divers take pilgrimages to the wreckage, where the plane still lies surprisingly intact. As the site is located in particularly rough waters, the Corsair dive is strictly for advanced divers. But for those who dare make the descent, a variety of exotic marine life awaits. Hawaiian stingrays, Galapagos sharks, Moray eels as well as humpback whales are known to frequent the zone.

Kilauea Volcano tour, Big Island

DOWN a quick morning coffee, before embarking on a sunrise boat tour to witness Kilauea Volcano spew molten hot rivers of lava into the Pacific. Located within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kilauea Volcano has continued to erupt since 1983 – making it the world’s most active volcano. Kelauea is frequently mentioned in Hawaiian mythology, being the home to Pele, the creator of the Hawaiian Islands and goddess of fire and lightning. Daily boat departures are available, with attendees advised to check weather and lava flow conditions online, as lava shows up best before sunrise.

Rafting to the Molokini Coast, Maui

EXPLORE a rarely seen part of Maui on a rafting adventure down the Kanaio Coast, before cruising through La Parouse Bay where spinner dolphins and green sea turtles are known to frolick. Just 20 minutes away by raft is Molokini a world-famous snorkel spot teaming with marine life such as: butterfly fish, wrasses, black and pink-tailed sturgeons, all swimming amidst brightly coloured coral. Molokini is one of only three volcanic calderas in the world, formed approximately 150,000 years ago. The area is a hot-spot for divers and snorkelers, who flock to the majestic attraction from all around the world.

Ziplining the treetops, Kauai

SOAR through luscious greenery, gliding above streams, valleys and rainforests on a zipline tour of Kauai. Zipline adventures are in abundance in Kauai, and with its infinite panoramic mountain views and picturesque waterfalls, it’s not hard to understand why this slice of paradise is nicknamed the Garden Isle. Suitable for a range of ages and fitness levels, speeds of up to 80 kilometres per hour can be achieved when ziplining, with adventurers suspended some 15 metres off the ground. As death-defying as it sounds, ziplining is an extremely safe way to explore Kauai.

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