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26+ Images That Prove Hawaii Is the Most Underrated Place for Outdoor Adventure

Hawaii Insider Guides
by Matador Creators Feb 23, 2017

Editor’s note: These spots are all taken directly from travelstoke®, a new app from Matador that connects you with fellow travelers and locals, and helps you build trip itineraries with spots that integrate seamlessly into Google Maps and Uber. Download the app to add any of the spots below directly to your future trips.

Honopu Arch

 Honopu ArchWaimea, United StatesA group of us did a 4 day kayak adventure from the north shore of kauai to the west side. We slept on the beaches at Kalalau and Miloli’i! It was such an amazing adventure. This is the waterfall at Honopu, the beach up from Kalalau that doesn’t allow any crafts on the beach so you have to swim there.

Haleakala Crater

 Haleakala CraterKula, United StatesPhoto shoots at 10000 feet above sea level.

Makapu’u Beach

 Makapu’u BeachWaimanalo, United StatesThis is the view of Makapuu beach looking down from Makapuu Point. #hiking

Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park

 Nāpali Coast State Wilderness ParkKapaa, United States#hiking #camping

Ke’e Beach

 Ke’e BeachKapaa, United StatesThis is a long hike that we were not prepared for. We only made it to the beach but there’s a lot more.

Kalalau Trail

 Kalalau TrailKapaa, United StatesOne of the most beautiful treks on the islands & perhaps the world over. Amazing Pacific Ocean panoramic views around every valley corner. Go the full 11 miles or cut the hike in-half & tent up @ mile 6. A true delight!

Surf Hanalei Bay

 Hanalei BayHanalei, United StatesGreat spot for sandy bottom begginer #surfing on small to medium day theres good shade and picnic tables so definitely a place to post up all day

Spouting Horn Park

 Spouting Horn ParkKoloa, United Stateswho doesn’t like a giant blow hole?

Sleeping Giant Trail Head

 Sleeping Giant Trail HeadKapaa, United StatesSleeping giant great hike – lovely views and cool breeze at the top!

Laniakea Beach

 Laniakea BeachHaleiwa, United StatesSearching for waves. Lani’s looks good – fast and barreling. Only downside: it’s crowded today! Better during midweek. #surfing #thesearch #crowded #northshore #lanis

Waimea Bay Beach Park

 Waimea Bay Beach ParkHaleiwa, United StatesThe Rock at Waimea Bay is the perfect way to get your blood flowing! It’s perfect when the ocean in calm, however beware in the winter months as the waves in the bay can reach heights of 60ft #cliffjumping

Waipio Valley

 Waipio ValleyWaipahu, United StatesThe black sand beaches of Waipio valley were so beautiful, as are the waterfalls past the road on the back side of the valley! Here I am stopping for a quick drink 😜 #hiking

Pillbox Hike

 Pillbox HikeKailua, United StatesShort hike up to a great viewpoint near Lanikai, Hawaii. #hiking

Kahana Bay Beach Park

 Kahana Bay Beach ParkHauula, United States#camping #oahu #hawaii #kahanabay #camp #kayak #ocean #sunrise #tent #grill #campsite

Magic Island

 Magic IslandHonolulu, United StatesMagic Island is a fun little park to walk around in or take in views of the city from.

Hanauma Bay

 Hanauma BayHonolulu, United StatesHanauma Bay is beautiful! A bit touristy for my taste but an amazing protected place to see some tropical fish in the ocean! #snorkeling

Malaekahana Beach Campground

 Malaekahana Beach CampgroundKihei, United StatesAmazing campground right on a beautiful beach for really cheap!
#camping #campground

Papakolea Green Sand Beach

 Papakolea Green Sand BeachNaalehu, United StatesSometimes you just end up bodysurfing on a green sand beach! Very cool olivine beach right by south point on Big Island! You need at 4×4 to get there!

South Point Cliff Dive

 South Point Cliff DiveNaalehu, United StatesAfter jumping off the cliffs at South Point on the Big Island, the southernmost point of the US aka the “End of the World” we explored some of the bluest water I’d ever seen! The visibility was insane! I can’t wait to go back there! #cliffjumping #snorkeling

Paradise helicopers

 Paradise helicopersMountain View, United StatesI don’t normally splurge on expensive travel activities but we got an amazing deal on a helicopter ride around the whole island of Hawaii, so I couldn’t turn it down! So glad I did it, what a way to see the Big Island!! #helicopter

Pololu Valley

 Pololu ValleyKapaau, United StatesOne of the most beautiful valleys on earth. The place is insane! #hiking #hawaii #aloha

Kalapana State Wayside Park

 Kalapana State Wayside ParkPāhoa, United StatesUnreal experience to watch the lava flow off the cliff and into the ocean. Conditions and exact location of the flow are constantly changing but just head to the end of the road from Pahoa towards Kalapana and you can’t miss it. We rented bikes for the 4-5 mile ride in (9 miles round trip) to make it a bit quicker but plenty of people hike in along the road. #hawaii #lava

Kua Bay

 Kua BayKailua-Kona, United StatesOne of the best beaches on the Kona coast. Also one of the busiest so definitely go early. Some great body surfing on offer during the higher tides and at low tide there was a family of honu (green sea turtles) in the shallows. Water clarity was amazing which made for some great images. #hawaii

Lydgate State Park

 Lydgate State ParkKapaa, United StatesHidden falls.

Ulua Beach Park

 Ulua Beach ParkKihei, United StatesPerfect views.

Haleakala Summit Parking

 Haleakala Summit ParkingKula, United StatesThis is one of the few plants that can actually survive at 10000 feet above sea level.

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