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Solo Travel in Hawaii: How to Go it Alone


Whether by choice or necessity, you’re heading to Hawaii on a solo mission. Congratulations! You are about to embark on the best kind of vacation there is. By going it alone, you only have to answer to yourself with no need to follow anyone else’s agenda. Solo travel is a solitary pursuit in theory, but there’s so much to do, you’ll be amazed at the sights you’ll see and the people you’ll meet.

Take Surf Lessons

If you’ve always wanted to learn how to tame the waves, now’s your chance. If you’re visiting Kihei on Maui, you’re in luck with beginner waves that make it super easy to learn the sport of surfing on your own terms. There are many surf instructors here that will help you conquer surfing through expert advice and private lessons to get you going. A big part of surfing is in your mind: half the battle is letting go of your mind and letting your body’s instincts take over.

Snorkeling and Whale Watching

Head to Molokini, a wildlife protected zone off the coast of Maui, for spectacular snorkeling that will get you up close and personal with 250 species of fish. It’s only accessible by boat, so couple your snorkeling trip with a whale watching excursion along the way. If you time it right, you can spot migrating humpback whales in their natural habitat.

Go Kayaking

The perfect spot for kayaking is the Wailua River on Kauai. As the largest navigable fresh water river in Hawaii, you’ll get to immerse yourself in a lush tropical rain forest followed by a hike to a 120-foot waterfall.

Take a Hike

When on the North Shore of Oahu, lace up your hiking boots and head to the Koolauloa mountain range. Turtle Bay Resort, featuring 12 miles of trails and pathways right along the ocean, has some of the most serene and pristine hiking trails in Hawaii. You’ll even glimpse some sea turtles getting a sun tan on the beach. Incidentally, this area is where “Lost” and “Pirates of the Caribbean” were shot.

Visit the Summit of Mauna Kea

Mauna Kea stands14,000 feet above sea level, and comprises one of five major mountains on the Big Island. It actually boasts the biggest concentration of telescopes in the world. Get social and meet others at the nightly star gazing party from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. sponsored by the Onizuka Center for International Astronomy Visitor Information Station at the 9,300-foot level. Check out an astronomy video, then participate in a discussion on astronomy and Mauna Kea’s role. At the end, head outside for a spectacular view from one of the telescopes.

As you can see, solo travel doesn’t have to be solitary. You can have plenty of fun, meet others, or just be by yourself when you want to. Get educated through one of Hoku Hawaii Tour’s Pearl Harbor tours while here.