Kapolei is a great place to live, filled with activity, fun and frolic throughout the year. Being a coastal area, there are a number of adventure and water sports that are offered. Whether it is ocean cruises, water parks, or spas, you can never be short of things to do in Kapolei. From the adventure freak to the ones who like to get pampered, there is something in store for everyone. It is a popular tourist spot but also offers great attractions for residents all year around. Its pristine beaches and restaurants offering mouth-watering local delicacies are not to be missed. Kapolei, in itself, promises to be an experience of a lifetime.
The residents of Kapolei love adventure. This is evident in the varied water sports and adventure activities that are offered. The Scuba Adventures of Oahu are extremely popular. Being amidst the ocean life, several thousand feet into the ocean, is one experience that shouldn’t be missed. Ko Olina Ocean Adventures are free boat tours for older children, where they are taken to incredible diving and snorkelling spots. Dolphins present in and around these spots are the main attractions. Even for experienced divers, it makes for a great activity. Swimming in the oceans with wild dolphins is indeed an experience of a lifetime.
Kapolei is well known for its amazing water parks. The adrenaline rush provided by the rides is unmatched. Wet ‘n’ Wild Hawaii is one such water park, offering more than 25 exhilarating water rides. Although it is enjoyed more by children than adults, there are a couple of rides which will satisfy the appetite of adrenaline addicts. Shaka, an almost vertical 36-foot slide, and Tornado, a swirling 45-foot tunnel, are two such rides. Water World Playground and Hawaiian waters are the two main attractions for children. Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park is the newest water park in Kapolei. Although it is a bit overpriced, it is an alternative to going to the beach on a hot day. It is a mainly a park for swimming and picnicking, and is a great place for children.
Tours and cruises
Ocean Joy Cruises offer amazing, all-in-one cruises complete with snorkelling with turtles, fish and dolphins and a narrated tour of the western coast. Watching the sunset from the ship at sea is beauty in its most pristine form. For those short on time but still looking for a cruise experience, these cruises are ideal.
Astro Tours are tours to observatories and planetariums in and around Kapolei. If you’re looking to spend the night out amidst the stars, these make for a great experience. The weather is to be confirmed two hours before your scheduled tour so that it is known whether you’ll have good viewing conditions.
Hawaii Nautical’s adventures are unparalled as they offer five star services of sunset watching, snorkelling, scuba diving, sailing and whale watching. Fireworks dinner cruises are also offered; ideal for the entire family and a great time. They have some of the best diving instructors and make for a quality experience at very reasonable rates
Places to visit
FIA FIA Polynesian Show is one show that must not be missed. It features a great blend of history and culture, complete with music and dance. There is even fire dancing and stand-up comedy. Crafts are also taught to those who are willing to participate.
Ko Olina Lagoons, although man-made, are clean and suitable for swimmers of all levels as they aren’t too deep. Snorkelling can also be done.
Ko Olina Marina is a resort area that includes restaurants, shops and a golf course. Ihilani Spa is a delightful spa resort with Hawaiian art work and is a must visit for those who want to be pampered.