Bike Hawaii’s excursions appeal to active travelers visiting Oahu. // © 2012 Bike Hawaii
Hawaii adventure tours are really picking up the pace these days. According to data from the Hawaii Tourism Authority, a majority of island visitors count keeping active as a high priority during their vacations. In 2011 alone, 88.1 percent of travelers from the western U.S. took part in some sort of recreational pastime in Hawaii.
The following companies have been particularly impressive in helping energetic clients explore the islands of Hawaii. They offer a diverse range of outings suited to all types of interests.
Bike Hawaii (Oahu)
Presenting a collection of what it calls Rainforest to the Reef adventures, this locally-owned and -operated company crafts eco-tours tailored to the desires and comfort levels of its clients. One trip starts with a two-mile hike past streams, pools, rock terraces and tropical flowers to a 200-foot waterfall, followed by a five-mile downhill bike ride in a rainforest. Dirt bike fans can catch some off-pavement thrills in a sacred, historic valley. The firm’s newest exclusive adventure combines hiking with a kayak-and-snorkel-excursion in pristine windward Oahu waters.
Outfitters Kauai (Kauai)
Since opening in 1988, this diverse company keeps adding more adventures to its list, from ziplining and kayaking to downhill biking and waterfall swims. Its newest tour invites visitors to try stand-up paddle boarding — a sport that’s surging in popularity — along a calm and picturesque river, followed by a hike to some waterfalls for splashy ziplining. Hearty visitors can sign up for the company’s Na Pali coast sea cave kayak tour, offered during the summer, or south shore sea kayak whale watching tour, available in the winter.
Trilogy Excursions (Maui)
Since launching its first tour in 1973, this family-run operation has treated thousands of visitors each year to ocean-inspired excitement in the waters off Maui. Its variety of snorkel and sailing adventures are highlighted by a day-long catamaran ride to the island of Lanai for land and sea adventures and a plantation-style barbecue. Also recommended: a six-hour snorkeling spree at the marine-rich sunken crater of Molokini. During winter months, try one of its two-hour whale watches departing from Lahaina, Kaanapali and Maalaea.