When most people think of Hawaii, they’ll probably think of two things: white sandy beaches and clear, crystal waters. This is quite an accurate representation of the 50th US state and its reputation as a must-see island paradise for travellers is well-deserved. However, while millions of people flock there every year for a bit of sun, sea, sand and relaxation, another side of Hawaii is more concerned with the opposite, and sporting holidays in Hawaii have become increasingly popular in recent years. ( Image by @ClayMor )
Riding the Waves
If there’s one sport that Hawaii is associated with, then it has to be surfing. It’s the birthplace of so-called ‘Big Wave Surfing,’ so it’ll come as no surprise to learn that these Pacific Ocean islands are considered some of the best places to surf in the world.
The history of surfing in the region has been well documented. It’s believed that Hawaiians first began surfing as we know it around 1,000 years ago. There are ample opportunities for old surfing hands and first timers to ride the waves or just get wet around the islands. Waikiki Beach on Oahu, which is once where ancient Hawaiian royalty went to surf, is an ideal spot to visit whether you want to watch or take part.
Meeting the Marine Life
Beyond surfing, the world beneath the waves has also proven to be incredibly popular with tourists. Thanks to Hawaii’s unique sights, you can go diving around the island almost any time of the year. Maui is considered to be the best island for beginner divers, while Oahu promises divers a number of wrecks to find and explore and ‘The Big Island’ offers great sites of the marine life with lots of snorkelling.
For something different…
As well as surfing and diving, more contemporary water sports have also proved to be an enduring hit in the islands, with visitors to Honolulu booking Honolulu hotels and taking advantage of city’s many water sport activities, such as jet skiing, swimming and boating. ( Image by al_funcoot )
There are lots of activities that a sporty person can do on holiday in Hawaii and water doesn’t even have to come into the equation, as visitors can go walking, climbing and even bike riding while on the islands.
Hawaii truly is an island paradise that welcomes everyone, but if you’re looking for a destination that allows you to indulge in your favourite sporting pastimes, Hawaii is the place for you.
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