The 4 Most Relaxing Hawaiian Day Trips

It’s easy to find yourself running around on your vacation; after all, you’ve earned your precious time off from your responsibilities and now you’ve got to make good use of it. Don’t drive yourself to exhaustion, though!

In Hawaii, there’s no shortage of fun things to do, but an island vacation is also your opportunity to truly let go, relax and soak up the sun’s rays. There are many activities you can participate in to decompress from the daily stress of your job, and choosing the right ones for you will help make the most of your time on the islands.

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Now, let’s go over a few of the most relaxing Hawaiian day trips:

1. Get a Spa Treatment at the Halekulani

Few things in life are as relaxing as a day at the spa, where the goal of the entire endeavor is head-to-toe pampering. Don’t be shy about putting that silly towel turban on your head, the cucumber slices on your eyes and the Egyptian cotton bathrobe around you. It’s time to relax!

The spa experience in Hawaii can be unique compared to those on the mainland thanks to offerings such as lomi lomi massage (traditional Hawaiian massage), Polynesian steam therapy (inspired by traditional Tongan therapy) and sea-of-life facials using marine-based natural products.

Treat yourself to a spa day at the Halekulani Hotel, which is known as one of the most luxurious hotels on the island of Oahu. The spa is a wonderful place to lay back and enjoy everything from a professional facial to a top-notch massage.

Complete your day at the Halekulani spa at one of the hotel’s fine restaurants, like Le Mer or Orchids, for a delicious dinner. Such a relaxing day will guarantee all your worries are far, far away.

2. Snorkel at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

Snorkeling is the perfect compromise between swimming and surfing. While swimming is good exercise, it can be a bit boring. At the other extreme, surfing is a fun way to enjoy Hawaii, but it can be exhausting and frustrating for beginners.

So have a little snorkeling adventure at Hanauma Bay! A marine sanctuary, this gorgeous bay lies between two dormant volcanic craters on the southeast tip of Oahu. It’s known for clear, shallow waters that are perfect for a day of snorkeling.

Float lazily on the calm waters of the bay and check out the multitude of tropical fish and marine life that dots the ocean bottom as you bob peacefully on the surface. Gear rental is available right on site, making a snorkel outing easy to fit into your vacation.

3. Picnic at the Foster Botanical Garden

The ancient Romans had their priorities straight: Meals should be taken lying down in a beautiful setting. Steal a page out of their book to have an idyllic afternoon on your Hawaiian vacation.

It’s no sweat to grab a few picnic items—bread, cheese, chips—from the local supermarket and head to the Foster Botanical Garden, a refuge in the heart of downtown Honolulu on the island of Oahu. The garden dates back to 1853 and spans roughly 14 acres.

With an assortment of plants collected from the world’s tropics over the last 150 years, the Foster Botanical Garden is home to an array of rare and endangered specimens. A stroll among the trees and flora is extremely rewarding, as you will learn about the various Hawaiian plants represented there.

Enjoy your impromptu picnic and eat in breezy and leafy surroundings. You can easily spend hours snacking while enjoying the lush tropical atmosphere.

4. Watch Surfers at Sunset Beach

If one thing is quintessential to a Hawaiian vacation, it’s surfing! You don’t even have to be the one out on the water to enjoy it.

One place to see surfers at their best is at Sunset Beach, located on the North Shore on the island of Oahu. Stretching from Ehukai Beach to Sunset Point, this beach encompasses a dozen different reef breaks and is considered the longest stretch of rideable surf spots in the world.

As a prime surf destination, the beach is a great location to watch surfers ride wicked rip curls—all from the safety of your comfortable beach blanket.

Even if the weather is not surfer-friendly, the beach itself boasts incredible sunsets (as its name suggests). Work on your tan during the day and stay for the magnificent sunset. Don’t forget to bring your camera, as you’ll want to take this slice of paradise home.

Hitting up these fantastic locations will ensure that your vacation is one of the most calming, relaxing and rejuvenating you ever experience. Enjoy life in Hawaii time—no worries, brah!