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Travelling to Hawaii – Why should you go?

Couple looking at the sunset

Travel For Teens’ Hawaii trips sell out yearly, so it’s not surprising that they are the most popular programs! See why we love to embrace the aloha spirit of paradise, from lush jungles to pristine beaches.

We are happy to share our top Hawaii activities with you, whether you’re looking for inspiration or a Hawaii teen travel program. You can check out our USA Teen Travel Programs here. For a more detailed itinerary, contact us!

Stunning Beaches

The beaches of Hawaii are among the most beautiful in the world. TFT selects accommodations close to the ocean so you can enjoy as much as possible while you do all the island activities.

Whether you aim to play beach volleyball, snorkel in clear waters, surf in the waves or relax in a hammock on the beach, you are sure to capture the perfect moment for Instagram.

The climate in Hawaii is perfect all year, so they offer summer, fall, spring and winter trips.

Marine Life

On a service and adventure summer program, teens watch dolphins swim in Hawaii.

The waters around the Hawaiian Islands are pristine and home to humpback whales, giant sea turtles, stingrays, and manta rays. You can enjoy the Hawaiian marine life by snorkelling with manta rays, scuba diving and seeing dolphins from a sunset cruise.

Travellers need to appreciate unique wildlife and leave places better than they found. TFT offers Marine Community Service opportunities that allow us to partner with local organisations dedicated to protecting and studying Hawaii’s marine life.

Learn all you can about the Maui hawksbill sea Turtles, and participate in various conservation projects. These projects include:

  • Finding turtle snorkelling and reef surveying are two of the best ways to get ocean data.
  • Beach cleanups to preserve their natural habitats
  • Watching over the basking turtles at the beach
  • Participating in night watches for nesting turtles and helping the babies safely reach the ocean.

Marine biologists on the island of Kona help protect and preserve the fragile underwater ecosystem. You will find much exotic fish, healthy coral and dozens of sea turtles. These service projects are focused on observational snorkelling to survey the reefs and collect ocean data for research. They also educate visitors to Hawaii.

Aloha Spirit

Hawaii is home to many vibrant locals who embrace the Aloha Spirit while preserving Hawaii’s culture and traditions. Partner with local organisations to learn the hula, drum circle, or traditional Hawaiian cooking.

You can experience an authentic Hawaiian experience by visiting a village hidden in a valley. Here you will be able to fully immerse in traditional Hawaiian life and assist with community sustainability projects such as fish pond restoration and taro farming. Volunteer at the local Boys and Girls Club in Honolulu to help bring smiles to this island paradise.

There are endless adventure activities.

Teens learn to stand-up paddleboard in Hawaii on an adventure and service program.

Is outdoor adventure what you are looking for? The tropical climate of Hawaii is ideal for an adrenaline-pumping zipline ride over a lush jungle canopy. Bring plenty of water and snacks to help you hike through the forest and find hidden waterfalls. Then, cool off by taking a dip in the middle of the jungle. The Hawaii islands offer adventure seekers the chance to experience everything from horseback riding in Waipio Valley to scuba diving at the best dive spots.

World-class Surf

Hawaii is a popular destination for surfers from all over the globe who come to enjoy the perfect waves. A surf lesson at Waikiki Beach is a must-have on any Oahu island trip. Local instructors are experienced and can teach beginners how to surf or help more advanced surfers improve their skills.

Hawaiian Cuisine

The many nationalities settled in Hawaii in recent years include Filipinos, Chinese, Koreans, Portuguese, and Polynesians. Hawaiian cuisine is a reflection of these diverse cultures. It is a melting pot full of delicious dishes made with fresh ingredients. A traditional luau is a must-see on any trip to Hawaii. Here you can enjoy a variety of savoury, seafood, vegetarian and sweet dishes, as well as some delicious desserts. These are our top-rated Hawaiian dishes!

Breathtaking Views

There are so many breathtaking views on the islands of Hawaii that it is impossible to count. You’d love capturing Hawaii’s natural beauty at sunset and sunrise. Here are our top picks to capture unforgettable views and share the moment with friends.

  • Diamond Head Crater
  • Summit of Mauna Kea
  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • Waimea Canyon


The power of volcanoes made Hawaii possible millions of years ago. Volcanoes have created the most beautiful landscapes in Hawaii over the years. Anyone rarely has the chance to see an active volcano. This experience is a highlight on many travellers’ bucket lists. Visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park for a walk through lava tubes and a hike to the rim of an active volcano. You can also see the lava glowing at sunset. You will have the chance to see a variety of volcanic trails, deserts, and craters.

Vibrant Shopping

A group of friends pose for a picture on the beach during their North American teen tour.

Although most people are drawn to Hawaii because of its incredible natural experiences, a trip is not complete without some souvenirs. You can bring back your Hawaiian memories with locally made jewellery, lei necklaces and koa wood carvings. Locally produced products like Kona coffee, coconut oil and macadamia nuts are also a favourite of travellers. They don’t taste as good on the mainland.

Rich History

Hawaii’s history is fascinating. Over 1,500 years ago, the Polynesians arrived in Hawaii. Historic landmarks on the islands highlight the state’s history. Find out more about Hawaii’s past here.

A visit to Oahu is incomplete without visiting the Pearl Harbor Memorials and the USS Arizona. This memorial can only be reached by boat and is one of many sites in Hawaii commemorating the attack on Pearl Harbor. It also honours those who died as well as the survivors.

If you would like to travel to Hawaii, then make sure to acquire your ESTA Visa Ireland to travel easily to your destination.