If you only have time for one hike during your stay on the big Island of Hawaii, the Kīlauea Iki Hike is a great choice. The trail starts in the rain forest and takes you through fern trees and tropical foliage. The trail descends 400 feet to the crater floor where hikers will cross through a lunar landscape of steam vents, cinder and spatter cones, lava rock formations, cracks, fissures, broken upheavals.
Waimea Canyon, makes for a fantastic day trip for visitors to Kauai, Hawaii. Waimea Canyon, known as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” is the largest canyon throughout the Pacific. Drive or hike the red rock canyon with waterfalls, cloud forest, camping, view of the Pacific Ocean from 4,000 feet elevation.
The Napali Coast is a lush, verdant stretch of coastline on the north side of Kaui Island. Rugged cliffs dramatically sculpted by millennia of natural erosion drop thousands of feet into the ocean. You soon start a steep rocky ascent, passing numerous towering coconut palms–and some of them are loaded, so just be aware. This is one of our favorite hikes in the Islands. A stunning view spreads out along side you as you climb above the panorama of the Pacific.
The road to Hana is considered by National Geographic Magazine as one of the most scenic drives in the world. Plan to stop often to enjoy waterfalls, scenic lookouts, roadside fruit vendors, and hiking trails on this 52 miles with 59 bridges and 620 curves.
Iao Needle State Park is a must see while you are on Maui. This gorgeous park is named for the needle like peak that reaches 1200 feet above the valley floor. There is a well-marked, paved path that takes you from the parking lot to a viewpoint of the Iao Needle. The lookout also provides incredible views of the valley.