Calling All Adventurers:  Thrilling Adventures For Your Hawaii Vacation  

A young women hiker with arms raised looking upon the gorgeous view.

The need for adventure and hair-raising experiences runs deep for some people. These adventurers love the surge of adrenaline commonly found when trying an exciting new activity — especially when they’re on vacation. For people like this, the world is one big amusement park with all the attractions they need to push their thrill-seeking nature to the limit.

Thankfully, Prince Waikiki is the perfect launchpad for adventures in Hawaii. So, if you happen to know a self-proclaimed daredevil, or you’re always looking for electrifying experiences, we’ve compiled a list of some of the must-try activities that will have your adrenaline rushing throughout your Hawaii vacation!

Catch Some Waves 

Woman siting on her surf board in the ocean

Whether you’re unafraid to explore unknown waters, or just looking to swim out of your comfort zone, surfing is a must-try activity while on vacation at Prince Waikiki. Dare to carve out the waves on Oʻahu, a venerated spot amongst surfers and considered the world’s surf capital.

If you’re an experienced surfer, do as the locals do and head to Ehukai Beach, or as locals call it, Banzai Pipeline. This area is known for its challenging barreling waves. During the winter surf season — which in Hawaii runs between October and April — this small 1.2-acre beach is replete with tourists, locals, and photographers. And all of them are eagerly watching daredevil surfers ride some of Hawaii’s most exhilarating waves. We recommend this beach for experienced surfers only, but you can still get the thrill of watching the experts ride some of the biggest waves around.

For complete surfing newbies that still want an opportunity to catch a big wave, float over to the beach at Waimea Bay. This moon-shaped beach offers crystal clear turquoise water, soft white sand, and a cliff jump for the added excitement factor. Waimea Bay is unique because, depending on the season, the size of the waves vary, so it’s a good spot for beginners and seasoned surfers alike. If you’re visiting Waimea Bay during the winter months, check out The Eddie. In this competition, expert surfers try to conquer waves that can get as big as 25 feet high. However, in the summer, the wide sandy beach is a popular swimming, snorkeling, fishing, and amateur surfing site.

Waikiki Beach is perhaps the most popular beach in Honolulu. It also happens to be another excellent choice if you want to try your hand at surfing for the first time. There are plenty of options for you to get on the water and catch waves in a low-key setting, while at the same time being able to enjoy the thrill of surfing.

Whether you’re after a private training session, group lessons, or even just renting a surfboard, there are plenty of places near Prince Waikiki to find the swell suitable for you.

Tour the Island on a Helicopter

View from inside a helicopter overlooking the ocean

Do air-bound activities come to mind when you think of thrill-seeking adventures? Then take your experience to the skies and soak up the incomparable beauty of Honolulu on a helicopter ride.

Ask our concierge services about your options for seeing Hawaii from a helicopter. Choose your ideal duration and location, buckle up, and enjoy the panoramic birds-eye view from thousands of feet up. Want to take things to the next level? Book a helicopter tour with doors off. You’ll get a unique perspective of the hidden rainforests, lush valleys, and legendary beaches of O’ahu without any barrier obstructing your views and photo opportunities!

Shark Diving (With or Without Cage)

Person shark diving with sharks swimming around them

Looking for some exhilarating experiences underwater? Why not get up close and personal with one of the ocean’s most feared creatures and go swimming with sharks. This activity is for the bravest swimmers out there, so if you feel like mingling with the ocean’s apex predators, dare to swim with sharks without a cage. Don’t worry, however! You can also opt for a shark diving experience in a cage that will still be an unforgettable experience.

Explore the Mountains on an ATV

Off road ATVs with mountains in the background

O’ahu has such a diverse and rugged landscape with dense and gorgeous rainforests. So it’s only fitting that you get out there and explore it while staying at Prince Waikiki. There’s no better way to experience a mountain than by driving an off-road ATV up its side! Put the pedal to the metal and feel the adrenaline fill your body as you motor through O’ahu’s mountain trails.

Skydiving on the North Shore

Many adventurers and risk-takers put skydiving near the top of their bucket list. After all, it is the ultimate adrenaline rush. And freefalling from over 12,000 feet above the ground at whirlwind speeds is not for the faint of heart. Unsurprisingly, O’ahu is an ideal skydiving location. Its rugged coastline, deep blue waters, and lush green mountains will almost make you forget that you’re about to jump out of a plane at inconceivable heights. If you’re afraid that you’ll miss the beauty of O’ahu because you’re too busy screaming your face off, don’t worry. Usually, the freefalling part of skydiving lasts for about a minute, and the rest of your descent will be a much more chill experience as you glide in your parachute. This is your time to take all that Hawaiian beauty in, catch your breath, and decide that you want to do it all over again as you soar over the pineapple fields!

Take a Hike

Woman at the top of a mountain overlooking view of the ocean

For the inexperienced, a hike in Hawaii might not seem like the most strenuous or gripping activity, but that’s not the case. The altitude and terrain alone should be reason enough to convince you to challenge yourself while staying at Prince Waikiki. Remember that a “challenge” is subjective to each person, so learn to listen to your body, pack plenty of sunscreen and water, and always wear appropriate footwear.

Once you have your gear ready to go, head over to Wa’ahila Ridge Trail, where you’ll be walking amidst strawberry guava trees and ironwood. The hike gets progressively steeper as you wander uphill towards Mount Olympus. You’ll be able to appreciate sweeping vistas of Diamond Head, Honolulu, and even the Ka’au Crater. This hike will take you through ridged and thick forest until you reach Kolowalu Trail. 

Speaking of Diamond Head, a hike up this Hawaiian icon is a must while staying at Prince Waikiki. This former military lookout now serves as one of the most popular hiking destinations on the island. And, best of all, it’s a trail suitable for all skill levels while providing everyone with outstanding views of the ocean and O’ahu.

 Let Us Spoil You!

Friends lounging outside at Prince Waikiki with drinks in hand

After you’ve had your heart rate raised by these electrifying experiences in O’ahu, treat yourself to some rest and relaxation. At Prince Waikiki’s very own Naio Bliss, we promise that your body, mind, and spirit will thank you for treating them after pushing yourself to the limit during your thrill-seeking vacation. Also, consider recharging your batteries in our poolside Club Lounge while our staff caters to your every need, so you can take on even more adventures the next day! Finally, don’t forget to join the Prince Preferred membership program (at no additional cost to you) to receive waived resort charges, exclusive rates, room upgrades, and personalized service.

There’s no doubt about it, it will certainly be a thrill to see you soon here at Prince Waikiki.