Berkeley, California (EastBayDaily) — Hawaii is a dreamland for those who enjoy being active in the outdoors, especially in the tourism “off-season.” Better travel bargains, fewer tourists, and more opportunities to get up-close-and-personal with the islands make autumn the ideal time to visit. There’s an intriguing and exciting activity for everyone, from novice adventurers to serious thrill seekers.
Moon Big Island of Hawai'i author Bree Kessler and Moon Kaua'i author Jade Eckardt offer their selections of the best outdoor recreation activities on the Hawaiian Islands:
1. Surf: Grab a board, some shorts, and slippahs and head for Honoli’i Beach Park on the Hilo side of the Big Island to catch some waves.
Several surf schools offer lessons for beginners at Po’ipu Beach in Kauai, or the brave can rent a board and charge the waves alone.
2. Kayak: Take an organized kayaking trip to Kealakekua Bay on the Kona side of the Big Island and enjoy the best snorkeling on the island, as well as a tour of this largely undeveloped and inaccessible coast.
For experienced kayakers, Na Pali Coast offers an intense 16-mile sea journey, with opportunities to see waterfalls, sea caves, and wildlife. Outfitters Kauai offers the tour up until mid-September.
3. Bike: Athletes may want to challenge themselves with the more than 100-mile Ironman bike route along the Kohala Coast. The race takes place every October, but anyone can download the route online or sign up for a group tour and attempt this feat anytime of the year.
Want something adventurous? Try ATVing in Koloa. Kauai ATV offers guided tours for groups or individuals.
4. Hike: For “parkies” or backpackers, there is nothing better than heading into the backcountry of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Halape Beach, where a permit is necessary in order to limit the number of people who can visit this exquisite gem.
Looking for a challenge? Climb to the Mauna Loa Summit—one of the most technically difficult hikes in the state—for some extreme hiking.
5. Jump: For the ultimate adrenaline rush, take the road down to Ka Lae (also known as South Point, the “southernmost point in the United States”) and, if conditions permit, jump 50 feet into the ocean. After this, visitors may want to take the 45-minute walk east to the Green Sand Beach. (Yes, it’s really green!)
For more information on Hawaii, or more detailed travel tips and advice on planning a trip to the Big Island or Kauai, visit the Moon Travel Guides website.
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