A typical couple’s trip to Hawaii might conjure images of romantic strolls along sandy beaches, sunset cocktails under colorful skies, and afternoons lounging by rolling waves. Lovely as that may be, a serene vacation to the islands isn’t everyone’s fantasy. Some of us dream of tandem adventures—climbing mountains, sailing seas, and flying high.
If your idea of the perfect couple’s getaway is less about relaxation and more about exploration, don’t let the afternoon-nap seekers booking flights to Hawaii deter you. This archipelago is packed with opportunities for thrills.
Visit the islands of Kauai and Hawaii to squeeze the most excitement into your trip, and add these seven must-do activities to your intrepid itinerary for two.
Sail Along the Na Pali Coast
You and your partner will see the crystal clear water before landing in Lihue, so it’s natural to be drawn immediately to the water. Instead of looking for a lounge chair on one of the island’s many beaches, though, find a sailboat to take you up the Na Pali Coast. The cliffs, valleys, and beaches of this Hawaiian shoreline are world famous—and for good reason. Water and wind worked together to create the stunning steeple-like landscape, while the ocean dug through the coast to carve out arched sea caves.
To get the fullest experience, head up to the region from the southern shore. There are plenty of companies that leave from Port Allen at Hanapepe Bay and travel up the western side of the island. If you take the morning sail, you’ll get breakfast, lunch, and the chance to snorkel over coral reefs. Choose Blue Dolphin Charters if you’d like to add scuba diving to your tour. Hop aboard a Kauai Sea Tours vessel for a rafting trip that includes a remote beach picnic. Sail with Capt Andy’s Sailing Adventures for the chance to lie together across the catamaran’s front netting and spot playful dolphins and sea turtles.