If you’re looking for extreme adventure, you won’t find more opportunities for it, nor a a greater diversity of it, than in the tropical islands of Hawaii. All of the major islands – Oahu, Maui, Kaui and Big Island – offer their own unique brand of major extreme fun. If you’re a thrill junkie who’s looking for extreme adventure in a tropical paradise, there’s only one such place on earth – the Hawaiian Islands.
So if adrenaline is your drug and you have some vacation time coming up, here are Hawaii’s 10 Most Xtreme Adventures – Guaranteed not for Wimps, guaranteed not to disappoint!
1. Kayaking along Kauai’s Na Pali Coast (Only from May – September)
Don’t bother with this adventure unless you like vigorous exercise and are up for a challenge. This 16-mile Kayaking along Kauai’s Na Pali Coast, one of the world’s most beautiful and remote shorelines, is a very long, strenuous paddle in typically heavy seas. It is best enjoyed by people who are physically fit and have some basic paddling experience. If so, you’ll embark from Haena on Kauai’s north shore and paddle a total of 11 miles in the morning to the first landing at Milolii, the site of an ancient Hawaiian fishing community, where you’ll have lunch. After lunch you have a 4-mile paddle in typically calm water to Polihale, where a van will be waiting to pick you up. (You’ve already proved yourself, so need to jog back to Poipu.)
2. SUP Paddleboard Na Pali Race, Kauai (July 21)
SUP Paddleboard Na Pali Race is a Stand Up Paddleboard, Prone Paddleboard, and OC-1 race starting from Haena Beach Park on the north shore of Kauai. Contestants in this this elite paddleboard race and charity event, paddle 17 miles along the breathtaking Na Pali Coast, to the finish line at Polihale State Beach Park. This unique and unforgettable paddling experience can be the ultimate downwind run, offering amazing mountain backdrops, waterfalls, caves, cliffs, and crystal clear waters. The Na Pali Coast is known to have strong currents, strong winds, and dangerous ocean conditions. The coastline is only accessible by boat or helicopter for a rescue. There is no cell phone service along the coastline- including the start and finish line beach areas. Paddlers must have both ocean and paddleboard experience to participate in the Na Pali Race. Last one in buys the first round!
3. Ironman Triathlon Kona, Big Island of Hawaii (October 13)
Now in its 34th year, the IRONMAN World Championship will be held October 13th, the Ironman Triathlon Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. Nearly 1,800 athletes will embark on a 140.6-mile journey that presents the ultimate test of body, mind and spirit to earn the title of “IRONMAN.” Will yolu be one of them? The first “Hawaiian IRON MAN Triathlon” was held Feb. 18, 1978, as a way to challenge athletes who had seen success at a local biathlon. Prior to racing, each of the 15 people came to Waikiki to the challenge received three sheets of paper with a few rules and a course description. The last page read: “Swim 2.4 miles! Bike 112 miles! Run 26.2 miles! Brag for the rest of your life!
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4. Rafting along Kanaio Coast, Maui
Rafting along Kanaio Coast, Maui combines an exploration of a rarely seen, uninhabited, rugged volcanic part of Maui, together with snorkeling at Molokini, the world-famous submerged cinder cone. Following Kanaio, you’ll cruise to the protected waters of La Perouse Bay, frequently encountering a school of spinner dolphins including pups, along the way or in the bay itself. After departing La Perouse Bay, you’ll head for Molokini, a short 20-minute blast from the bay where you’ll snorkel the famous “crater.”You will do so in fast, unsinkable, inflatable rafts powered with outboard dual 200HP motors, and carrying up to 24 passengers. A range of extreme sea conditions may be encountered in this lively, fast-moving nature tour, so this activity is not for people with limiting physical conditions. What are those?
5. Parasail 1000ft off Waikiki Beach, Oahu
Feel like a Parasail 1000ft off Waikiki Beach, Oahu? On Oahu you can soar with the highest-flying parasail company in Hawaii, X-treme Parasail, with over 20 years experience in the parasailing sport and continaully working to achieve the best ride possible. These parasail flights are pulled with lines of either 700, 800 or 1,000 feet. From these lofty heights you’ll experience amazing views of the Waikiki coastline and Diamond Head. Xtreme uses state-of-the-art winch boats, so you take off and land directly onto the back of the boat. Unlike Maui which limits parasailing in its marine sanctuary during the winter months only, parasailing on the island of Oahu is offered year round. So what are you waiting for?
6. Cycle to the Sun, Maui – Bicycle Race from Ocean to 10,000ft
Once a year, a legendary bike ride known as Cycle To The Sun Maui races up the longest, steepest paved road on the planert. Riders come to Maui, Hawaii from around the world to compete in this estreme bike ride that starts in the hip, beachside town of Paia and climbs 36 miles to the summit of Haleakala Volcano, Hawaii’s sacred House of the Sun, at over 10,000 feet . The ride climbs through the cool, grassy meadow, and bronco-busting pastures of “Upcountry”Maui, then spills into the bone-chilling moonscape of volcanic rock at the summit of Haleakala National Park. In clear weather, riders can see 5 other Hawaiian islands as they pump the last grueling mile to the finish: Moloka’i, Lana’i, Kaho’olawe, Molokini, and Hawai’i Island.” Do you dare to take the challenge?
7. Lava Boat Sunrise Adventure Tour, Big Island
This unique Hawaii Lava Boat Sunrise Adventure Tour, Big Island takes you on a 2 1/2 hour narrated coastline adventure around the south-east side of the Big Island of Hawaii, where Kilauea Volcano’s lava spills into the Pacific Ocean in a dramatic explosion of steam ad spectacular colors. Kilauea Volcano, within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, has been erupting continuously since 1983. You’ll be hypnotized by the splendor of hot, cascading lava flows falling into the cool sea in a roiling tempest of natural power. They say comfort and safety are assured aboard the 34-and 27-foot double-hull vessels. Powered by twin 200HP Honda 4-stroke engines, a licensed and experienced Captain and deckhands will navigate safely down the beautiful Puna Coastline, enroute to Kalapana. But you never know! View related video >
8. Powered Hang Gliding Flights from Hana, Maui
Powered Hang Gliding Flights from Hana? Yes! On the island of Maui, Hawaii you’ll discover a rare opportunity to engage in powered hang-gliding flights above Heavenly Hana. (Let’s face it, Hawaii is not as highly regulated as Mainland states.) Whether a first-time daredevil or a pilot with experience, you can take interactive flight lessons using an Airborne XT 912 micro-light aircraft . It features a hang-gliding wing and weight shift operation, very much like a traditional hang glider, but powered by a reliable 912cc 4-cycle Rotax aircraft engine. This micro-light ‘trike’ (as this type of aircraft is known) provides the experience of hang gliding while also being capable of flying in a wider range of weather conditions. This aircraft enables longer air time and also provides additional benefits in comfort and convenience. FAA Certified Flight Instructor and Tandem Hang Gliding pilot Armin has flown hang gliders and Ultra-lights since 1982. Armin has accumulated some 13,000 flying hours to date. Okay, you first!
9. Diving Sharks – Hawaii Shark Encounter
Diving Sharks – Hawaii Shark Encounter. Greet Hawaii sharks up close and personal as they rise from the deep while you’re submerged in a cage 3 miles off of Oahu, Hawaii’s north shore! This incredble (and let’s face it, SCARY) face-to-face personal shark experience is offered nowhere else in Hawaii. The power, beauty and splendor of Hawaii’s sharks will forever alter your feelings about sharks, and yourself after such an encounter. When you enter the shark cage and submerge it, you’ll be amazed at the clearness of the ocean, and suddenly you will be ASTOUNDED just how big the sharks are that come right up to you if you hold your face to the glass. Whether you’ve never been in the ocean at all or are a professional diver, you’re in for the thrill of your life. Jump right in!
10. Big Wave Surfing in Hawaii at Jaws! Best Images
“Jaws” (Pe’ahi in Hawaiian) is the name given to a big wave surfing break in Hawaii. Big Wave Surfing in Hawaii at Jaws is located on the north shore of Maui, about 15 miles east on Hana Highway at the base of rolling sugar cane field hills. This deep water reef break is called Jaws because of the massive size and ferocity of the waves, said to reach heights of 120 feet on the face of the wave, and moving as fast as 30 mph. Jaws has been at the forefront of the tow surfing revolution in recent years. Only the world’s best surfers even attempt it. So if you qualify, grab your wave runner and head for this death-defying surf break. We’ll be watching from the edge of the cane field.