Hawai’i’s most incredible must-do experiences

After hula dancing and piña coladas, no Hawaiian itinerary is complete without these unmissable activities.

Do Hawai’i right by ensuring you pack your itinerary full of some of the biggest must-do experiences this beautiful destination has to offer. Because no holiday should just be limited to pool lays and beach days – unless you want it to, that is.

Here we put together the ultimate list of things to do, either with your special someone, or with the family.


Visit the USS Missouri

USS Missouri in Pearl Harbour, Oahu, Hawaii.

Visit the USS Missouri.


One of the most notorious events in Hawai’i’s past was the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour, Oahu.

Eventually in 1945, Japan surrendered on the deck of battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, ending WWII.

It was a momentous occasion not only for the USA, but for the enemy, armed forces and allied countries around the globe.

Since then the ‘Mighty Mo’ as the battleship has been named, has also served her nation in the Korean War and Gulf War, before retiring back in Pearl Harbour.

Today she has been transformed into a memorial, with various exhibits and collections that you can visit. It’s a must for history buffs, families and first-time travellers alike.


Explore the waters of Hawai’i in a submarine

With the good folk at Atlantis Adventures you can explore Hawai’i’s underwater world in an actual submarine.

Tours run daily and year round, encompassing a range of locations including Waikiki Beach on Oahu, Lahaina on Maui and Kailua-Kona on Hawaii Island.

Better still, we’re pleased to report that Atlantis Adventures is committed to being sustainable and creating minimal impact on the local environment. In fact their battery-powered passenger submarines are said to be the most technologically advanced in the world, emitting no pollutants and little sound so as not to disturb marine life.

Then once your submarine experience is over, you can climb aboard Atlantis Adventures’ sunset dinner cruise along Oahu’s south shore. Using the state-of-the-art double-hulled Navatek, it’s the only passenger cruise vessel of its kind in Hawai’i.


Experience traditional luau

Germaine's Luau

Experience traditional luau.


Get a taste of Old Hawai’i at the iconic Germaine’s Luau –  a traditional Hawaiian party packed with feasting, entertainment and Pacific Islands culture.

Set on the beachfront at Kapolei on O’ahu, under the stars and palm trees, guests are treated to a spectacular Polynesian show, dancing and local culinary specialties.

Few places allow travellers to experience ancient Hawai’i in all its splendour like this backyard-style luau.