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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  • MJ_ontheBAY
    Honolulu, HI14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Diamond Head is an Oahu icon that mixes some of the most beautiful views from mauka to makai, interesting history, good exercise and at the end of the day.. you’re hiking a volcano (how cool is that?!).

    Recommend planning ahead with plenty of water, shoes with good traction and sunscreen since you do have to work a little for the summit beauty with a steep elevation gain and you’re completely exposed to the sun almost the entire time. Going in the morning will be less hot, but is usually more crowded.

    If you’re local, it’s an easy, cost-free entry at your desired time with your HI ID, but if you’re coming from the mainland or elsewhere, ensure you plan ahead and arrange your entry reservation online and determine your logistical approach (self-park vs. Uber or taxi, etc.) The parking lot in the crater can fill up quick, especially on weekends. Alternatively, you can hike in from outside the crater, but this also means a much longer outing and may fatigue those who don’t hike often.

    Bottom line: Be smart with proper preparation and enjoy this Oahu must-see attraction that deserves every bit of its appeal and notoriety.
    Written 17 May 2024
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  • John D
    Pasadena, CA2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was a personal test and I’m so proud to do it! From my awesome Uber driver Misa who got me there, the awesome people who helped cheer me on and helped keep me safe and the encouragement and support from family, friends, colleagues, this should be on your “must-do!” Shout out to the folks wearing rucks and weights who flew past me but still managed to slow down and called me “sir” in the nicest way, without saying “move over boomer” 😆 and for the folks my senior who reminded me how far I have to go, rock on!!
    Written 17 May 2024
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  • Michelle G
    22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful hike. Not too far from Waikiki, all fitness levels and a pretty waterfall at the end. Other trails stem off of this trail if you are up for extending your time out. Bring bug spray and water and make sure you are in proper footwear. There are nice rock steps but, some uneven ground. It is in the mountainside and trees so it can get wet. Bring a poncho if that is something that concerns you.
    Written 5 April 2024
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  • Stephanie
    Philadelphia, PA260 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    RESERVE IN ADVANCE! It was not clear to us when we got there that you need tickets in advance and cannot park in the parking lot unless you book a spot beforehand.

    This hike is well worth it. The views are incredible. The hike itself is easy for experienced hikers. You can get to the peak and back down in 30 minutes to an hour. The most difficult part for us was finding parking and getting stuck behind people who brought young children on the hike (I would not recommend bringing young kids).
    Written 25 April 2024
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  • Phil C
    Soddy Daisy, TN606 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun natural phenomena with an incredible view. Lots of area to roam around and things to check out. Saw two sea turtles on our last visit.
    Written 26 October 2022
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Brown_Samantha
    Kennewick, WA1,620 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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  • 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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  • Sherpa644686
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My parasailing was a fun trip. The operators did a good job of expelling the whole process and got us up in o time. Great views!
    Written 29 April 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
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
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