Humdinger Sportfishing's resident skipper, Jeff Fay, brings more than 40 years of deep-sea-fishing experience aboard his 37-foot fishing vessel. Passengers command the boat's supply of sturdy Penn International rods and reels, which can withstand the prodigious strength of tuna, blue marlin, and seahorses riding land horses. A proponent of conservationism and catch-and-release fishing, Jeff lets fishers take home their hard-fought nautical prizes but confers extra environmental brownie points on those who tag and release their catches, which helps to preserve populations and aids local research efforts.
Explore coastal caves and rock formations. Walk past active lava flows and tubes. Paddle through schools of tropical fish against the underwater landscape of a reef. These outdoor adventures make up the daily commute for the five guides who helm Hawaii Pack and Paddle. In addition to belonging to the same family, these guides—each certified lifeguards trained in first aid and CPR—share a passion for the untamed splendor of Hawaii's outdoors. It's a passion they bestow upon others during 10 organized tours that challenge participants to kayak, snorkel, and embark on day or night hikes.
As a fully-insured kayak and snorkel-tour company, Hawaii Pack and Paddle sometimes leads forays into little-seen areas, such as the rugged Keauhou Bay or the cave where high-school senior Tiffany keeps her diary. Some tours lead adventurers through the lava flows and jungles of Volcanoes National Park, along the shore of Punaluu Black Sand Beach, or past the waterfalls and ridges of Waipi'o. Other tours focus on special topics such as spear-fishing and underwater geological exploration. Alternatively, multi-day tours may blend several outdoor activities or include overnight camping. On each excursion, guides elucidate facts about the local ecosystem and its ties to Hawaii's cultural history, and they often train participants in one of their favorite skills: marine-life identification.
The traditional Hawaiian concept of 'ohana, meaning "extended family," dictates that its believers appreciate diversity and unity alike. This idea permeates every aspect of Kalani, a nonprofit retreat center dedicated to promoting Hawaiian culture and nature set on 120 acres of tropical rainforest. The center hosts a series of all-inclusive yoga retreats designed for yogis of all skill levels. Visitors can choose from the following retreats:Kalani’s instructors bring decades of yoga experience to the mat, having learned at the feet of eminent yogis around the world, authored yoga books, and hosted television shows on the subject. They share a passion for Kalani and its inclusive ethos, welcoming retreat participants of all backgrounds and levels of yoga experience. Each of the retreats varies in theme—from meditation to shamanism—but all are deeply rooted in the practice of yoga. Over the course of four or five days, participants will immerse themselves in Vinyasa flow, Hatha, and Kundalini techniques. Hawaii Yoga Escape attendees clear their minds and align chakras during up to 12 yoga and meditation sessions interspersed with a variety of daily activities such as hula class, nature tours, and volleyball. The Holiday Yoga Retreat brings practitioners together over the Winter Solstice and Christmas, with two daily yoga and mediation sessions punctuated by group adventures including trips to Volcano National Park and Kehana Black Sand Beach, where dolphins can often be seen perfecting their sun salutations.Between asana poses, yogis fuel up on thrice daily meals served at an alfresco dining patio. Resident chefs transform fresh, local produce and fish into Thai, Indian, and Italian cuisine. Kalani’s facilities include a heated saltwater Watsu pool, a sweat lodge, and a 25-meter lap pool.After the deep-pink sunset sky fades to black and fills with bright-white stars, guests retreat to their 200-square-foot lodge room. Known as "hales" in Hawaiian, the eco-friendly, two-level dwellings have no TVs, phones, or air conditioning, but ample screens filter in a mixture of crisp sea breeze and sweet jungle air.
Hawaii’s lush beauty is too abundant to be experienced solely on foot, which is why Botanical World offers up-close-and-personal views of the Big Island's meticulously kept botanical gardens with services including ziplines and Segway tours. Segway riders speed past swaths of exotic plants, trees, and scenic waterfalls as they explore the garden's meandering pathways during self-guided or guide-guided tours. Elevated zipline trips, meanwhile, send guests soaring over the Hanapueo Streams falls, showing off trees’ receding hairlines as well as stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and the nearby Mauna Kea volcano.
Elsewhere in the garden, guests can explore the arboretum, which houses a sampling of Hawaii's vast array of trees, whereas the paved quarter-mile Rainbow Walk contains a cactus garden, perennial plants, and a wall of orchids. Adventurous young ones can attempt to navigate the world's second-largest permanently-planted maze, covering a space as large as a football field.
It's easy to get overwhelmed by Hawaii's beauty and find yourself gazing at it rather than experiencing it. That's where Epic! Tours comes in. The company whisks visitors on adventures throughout the Big Island, plopping them down on Kona's pristine beaches or taking them turtle sighting in Hilo. They also offer vacation packages and help visitors plan their budgets so they don't spend all their money taking dolphins out to fancy dinners.