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Unique and Exciting Experiences in Hawaii

Watching lava flowing to the sea, one of the unique and exciting experiences in Hawaii.

Lava flowing to the sea on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Are you a person seeking unusual and exciting experiences in Hawaii? If so, the rugged natural beauty of the Hawaiian Islands can potentially fulfill your quest for unique forms of excitement. Here is sampling of the exciting experiences in Hawaii that could be of interest to these seeking new adventures.

Volcano Helicopter Tours

Hawaii is one of the few places in the world where you can see an active lava flow actually flowing into the sea.  Amazingly, the current volcanic activity on the Big Island of Hawaii has been active for well over 33 years. When hot lava meets the sea, there is an explosive reaction that few people can experience close up. One of the easier and safer ways to experience the force and power of Hawaii’s volcanoes is through a helicopter tour. Among such tour operators are Circle of Fire Helicopter Adventure and Blue Hawaiian Helicopters.

Na Pali Coast Tours

The Na Pali Coast on Kauai has served as the visually stunning and scenic backdrop of movies such as Jurassic Park, The Lost World and Six Days/Seven Nights. You can visit this remote and one of the most beautiful sea cliffs in the world by helicopter or by boat.

There are a number of a helicopter, traditional boat as well as Zodiac raft operators that offers tours of the area. Each will give you differing perspectives of the seaside cliffs, rugged coastline, sea caves and secluded beach coves. Those that desire a bird’s eye view of the area should definitely go on the helicopter tours. While those who want to get a closer intimate look of the area should take the boat or Zodiac raft tours. Some of the operators are Kauai Eco Helicopter Adventure, Captain Andy’s Na Pali Snorkel Sail and Na Pali Snorkel Expedition.


The Hawaiian Islands once supported sugar cane plantations irrigated through a network of tunnels, ditches and flumes. This irrigation network transported water from various sources to the fields. Hawaii no longer has active sugar cane operations. But a number of these tunnels, ditches and flumes are still used to provide a truly unique way of seeing the islands. They offer the perspective of what the early plantation managers and workers used to see during sugar’s heyday in Hawaii. A number of operators offer kayak or tube rides through these irrigation systems though an activity now known as fluming. Flume ride operators include Flumin’ Kohala on the Big Island of Hawaii and Kauai Backcountry Adventures on Kauai.

Hawaiian Parasailing

Perhaps on of the most exciting experiences in Hawaii is parasailing. Parasailing is the practice of strapping a parachute-like contraption to a fast moving boat. It has dangling seats onto which parasailers can be strapped. As the boat moves in the water, the parasail rises in the air. It then takes its passengers on a thrilling ride in the sky about 800 to 1,200 feet above Hawaiian waters. One of the most popular places for parasailing in Hawaii is right off Waikiki. Some of the parasailing operators in Waikiki include H2O Sports Hawaii, Paradise Watersports–Hawaii and Parasailing Ride Service. A parasailing operators in Lahaina and Ka’anapali on Maui is West Maui Parasail. While one of the operators in Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii is UFO Parasail.

A number of these activities can be booked online on Panda ® Online on our Hawaii activities page.


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