There’s more to Hawaii than Waikiki. Across the four main Hawaiian islands of Oahu, Maui, the Big Island and Kauai, there’s no shortage of activities to do for outdoor lovers. You can go snorkelling and see wild turtles, hike up volcanoes, or have a beach day while watching the insane skills of local surfers.
Every so often, I reach a city that I connect with more than others. When I peek out the window as the sun comes up, look out to the street or over to the ocean, and I simply cannot wait to get out there and explore. The day is just beginning, but I bounce out the door with wide eyes and a stupid grin on my face, my camera in hand snapping away at the parks, and buildings, seascapes or mountains, buskers, markets and street art. The sounds and smells invigorate and inspire me, the people fascinate me, I love all the food, and I never want to leave.
Hiking is one of my favourite activities and it’s a great way to see the world, get off the beaten track, and work off some calories for all the yummy food.
Here’s my top 12 favourite hikes from the volcanoes of Nicaragua to Australia’s Glasshouse Mountains. The hikes range from moderate difficulty to challenging.
1. Crouching Lion, Kaawa, Hawaii
Distance: 3km return Difficulty: Moderate Time: 45 minutes return
This is a short and dirty (literally) hike that is definitely bang for buck.
I’m a little bit obsessed with volcanoes. I don’t know why, I just am. I guess because Australia hasn’t had any active volcanoes for thousands of year and I just find the idea of an active volcano so fascinating. Maybe it’s the adrenaline junkie in me that craves a little bit of adventure and danger in my travels.
In the past year, I’ve been to a lot of volcanoes. Some are active, some are dormant – and one was a mud volcano. Here’s a guide to my favourite volcanoes around the world.