Hawaii’s islands conjure images of sun-soaked, alabaster beaches, flourishing landscapes of dense, emerald rainforest, and an endless swath of rugged mountain summits. In this quintessential land of adventure, thrill seekers take the bull by the horns and capitalize on Hawaii’s varied landscapes to elicit some of the most electrifying feelings humanely possible, wrestle their fears, and conquer some of the most formidable endeavors in the Western hemisphere. The wild and unpredictable frontiers of Maui, Kauai, and Big Island prove worthy contenders for some of the world’s most mind-blowing outdoor pursuits.
7. North Shore Skydiving
Oahu’s incredible North Shore is best known for world class surfing—and the breaks, yes they are legendary—but another way to get an eagle’s eye view of this scenic, wave-pounding expanse is to take a dive—right out of a plane. You’ll need to rub shoulders with a few professionals here, who will take you to the skies for a heart-pounding tandem skydive session. There are a few factors on how far up you go—weather and experience are main ones—but it’ll be between 7,500-14,000 feet. On queue, you’ll take the plunge into blue Hawaiian skies and free-falling at almost 200 km/hour. If you’re not too busy being wowed by the sensation tumbling out of an airplane, you might even notice the sensational views of the island’s big waves and small farms, curving strips of white sand, and plenty more ethereal sights.