Traveling Solo in Hawaii: 5 Things To Do For The Adventurous Working Professionals 


Whether you’re looking to get away from your 9-5 work routine or seeking to gain a new perspective on your life, Hawaii is an ideal tropical destination for you. The magical sight of the Sun, magnificent ball of fire, immersing into some of the most pristine water in the world is just the kind of view that can trigger tranquility and simultaneously get the adrenalin juices flowing in your body.

Recently, I had an opportunity to spend a fortnight at Oahu, one of the islands in Hawaii. From hiking to snorkeling or surfing, there is so much to do here that it can get a little overwhelming for someone to get enough adventurous activities done while still being able to spend ample time simply relaxing by the beach!

So, here are my top 5 picks for the adventurous working women and men who are planning their vacation at the Oahu island in Hawaii!

1. Hanauma Bay Snorkeling:

Formed within a volcanic cone, Hanauma Bay is a natural reserve and an ideal destination for snorkeling because of it’s high population of marine life. Be prepared to swim out into Hanauma Bay’s clear blue waters and explore the living coral reefs that have an abundance of colorful fish, tortoise, eel and even sharks in the deep waters. The snorkeling equipment can be rented on site, but, I would highly recommend bringing your own beach towel, swimsuit, and rash guard.

  • Best Time: Morning/Afternoon
  • Expenses: Entry Fees $7, Rental Equipment $30
  • Duration: 2-4 hours
  • Activities:  Snorkeling, Swimming, Sunset Photography

2. Manoa Falls Trail:

Located in the Manoa Valley that received most rainfall on Oahu, is a 150 feet waterfall called Manoa Falls. The trail to the waterfall is about 1.6 miles and it gets muddy and slippery in the middle. If you get a feeling that you’re in the middle of a Jurrasic Park movie, that’s true because some of the jungle scenes in the movie were shot right here. At the end of the trail, is the beginning of another lesser known trail. Find that trail and it will lead you to a humongous Banyan tree, on which you can climb and hop through its branches like a monkey!

  • Best Time: Early Morning or Evening
  • Expenses: Parking Fees $5
  • Duration: 1-2 hours round trip
  • Activities: Hiking, Swimming

3. Koko Head Stairs:

More of an advanced workout than a hike, the Koko Head Trail has 1048 steps leading to a 1200 ft summit, offering a spectacular view of the Hanauma Bay. The trail gets extremely challenging towards the last stretch as the incline/decline gets very steep and then you find that some of the stairs are missing. So, you’re are left with an option to jump, stretch, slide or simply fall. Once you get to the top after accomplishing a torturous hike, the view is breathtaking!

  • Best Time: Early Morning or Evening (before 6)
  • Expenses: Free
  • Duration: 1-2 hours round trip
  • Activities:  Hiking, Workout, Swimming, Sunset


4. Diamond Head Hike:

A volcanic tuff cone on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, Diamond Head is one of the most iconic landmarks on Oahu. The creation of the Diamond Head is attributed to the Honolulu Volcanic Series that also lead to the formation of Hanauma Bay and Koko Head. It’s a moderate 1-mile hike that offers a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean, Hanuama Bay and Waikiki Beach from the top.

  • Best Time: 6:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Expenses: $1 Entry Fees
  • Duration: 1 – 1:30 hours round trip
  • Activities:  Hiking, Photography

5. Running by the Sunset Beach:

Even though you’ll have plenty of options to hike, surf or swim at Oahu, I would highly recommend jogging or running by any beach close to the sunset time. I spent most of my evenings running by the Ala Manoa Beach Park ( by the Waikiki Beach), that has a running track and also, offers an uninterrupted view of the sunset every evening. If you’re looking for a triathlon training experience, you can also bring a bike and a swim suit!

  • Best Time: 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Expenses: Free
  • Duration: 1-mile running track
  • Activities:  Running, Swimming, Photography

A Tip for Travel Planning

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I hope that you’ll find these recommendations helpful and I’d love to hear from you when you get an opportunity to get these adventures done!


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