In a recent 2023 health analysis, Hawaii was ranked the healthiest state in America. Researchers attribute that to some of the same reasons why visitors love to vacation in the Aloha State in the first place, such as easy access to fresh fruits and vegetables, and a "conducive physical environment" (in other words, a beautiful, temperate climate that makes it easy to exercise and move your body outdoors). As you make your Oahu vacation itinerary and curate a list of the best things to do in Waikiki, add health and wellness to the top of your must-try Hawaii activities.
Health and Wellness Travel in Hawaii
When it comes to health and wellness vacations, few places rival the stunning natural environment that Hawaii offers. Here, you can move your body, engage your mind, and embrace your health and wellness while surrounded by sweeping ocean vistas, vibrantly lush mountains and dormant volcanoes, and refreshing tropical breezes.
Why use a generic hotel gym when you can try these fun, healthy activities from mauka (mountain) to makai (ocean)?
Hawaii is known for its beautiful trails and scenic landscapes, and Harvard Medical School reports that hiking is one of the healthiest outdoor activities for people of all athletic abilities. Journey through lush rainforests, volcanic craters, and coastal cliffs while burning calories and working your muscles.
Popular trails include the Kalalau Trail in Kauai, the Diamond Head Summit Trail in Oahu, and Haleakalā National Park in Maui. And don't forget Oahu's many waterfall hikes, such as Manoa Falls and Waimea Falls, with most trailheads just a few minutes drive from the centrally located Waikiki Resort Hotel.
Whether you're a beginner or an experienced surfer, Hawaii's beaches offer great surfing conditions. The North Shore of Oahu is renowned for its big waves, while Waikiki is great for beginners.
Consider taking a learn-to-surf lesson or renting a surfboard to catch some waves (there are many spots to rent a board in Honolulu, including Waikiki Star Beach Boys, Big Wave Dave Surf, and Monzi Family Surf).
3. Snorkeling and Scuba Diving
Explore the vibrant marine life and coral reefs that surround the islands. Hanauma Bay on Oahu and Molokini Crater near Maui are popular spots for snorkeling, while experienced divers can explore underwater caves and lava formations. For Oahu specifically, check out our list of the eight best snorkeling spots on Oahu, and make sure you use reef-safe sunscreen to protect the underwater vistas you're exploring.
4. Yoga and Meditation
Imagine doing yoga and meditation classes in serene, sun-kissed settings, such as on the beach or in tropical gardens. It's a great way to connect with nature and promote both your physical and mental well-being.
Waikiki Resort Hotel features a full range of amenities for our guests, and Waikiki Beach Yoga is the newest amenity. Your complimentary Waikiki beach yoga class runs for 60 minutes and you can book online and reserve your free spot ahead of the 7 a.m. class start time.
5. Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP)
Try SUP in the calm waters along the coasts of the islands. It's a fantastic full-body workout that also allows you to enjoy the beautiful scenery. Waikiki's calm waters are a perfect spot to give this a try while taking in the city skyline. You can rent a board from numerous Honolulu outlets, including the Ohana Surf Project, Waikiki Board, and Surf In The City.
6. Zip Lining
Experience the thrill of zip-lining through the lush landscapes of Hawaii. It's a fun and adventurous way to get up close and personal with Oahu's landscape while getting a rush of adrenaline, too. There are many zipline tours available, including North Shore Zipline at Keana Farms, Kualoa Ranch Zipline Tour, and the Bay View Zipline.
If the thrill of zip lining is what you're seeking, try other Oahu land adventures like horseback riding, ATV tours, and mountain climbing.
Explore Hawaii's coastline by kayaking through its pristine waters. You can paddle along sea cliffs, through sea caves, or even venture to offshore islands. Kayaking in Hawaii is even safe for keiki (children), making it a great option for families.
8. Farm-to-Table Culinary Experiences
Hawaii boasts fresh and diverse produce. Engage in farm-to-table culinary experiences by visiting local farmers' markets in Oahu, taking cooking classes, or enjoying meals at restaurants that prioritize local, sustainable, and organic ingredients. You can even tour local farms with a culinary guide, such as chef Ed Kenney's tours of the organic Ma'o and Kahumana farms on Oahu's westside.
9. Botanical Garden Tours
Hawaii is home to a rich variety of flora, and nearly 50% of all of America's endangered and threatened plant life is found in Hawaii. Enjoy the beauty of tropical plants and flowers while taking a leisurely stroll through Oahu's best botanical gardens, including:
- Foster Botanical Garden
- Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden
- Koko Crater Botanical Garden
All of these great health and wellness vacation activities are located just minutes from the conveniently located Waikiki Resort Hotel. For example, beach yoga, surfing, and stand-up paddleboarding on Waikiki Beach are just a 60-second walk away. Book your stay at the Waikiki Resort Hotel online or call us at 1-800-367-5116 to see why our location, friendly staff, convenience, and amenities give us top ratings among our guests who are interested in health and wellness travel.