With thousands of spas and luxe hotels, Hawaii is the ideal for seriously peaceful rest and relaxation.

But it's also a great launching pad for crazy adventures that cater to thrill-seeking tourists. There are show-stopping natural wonders, from towering sea cliffs, to rain forests and fire-spitting volcanoes. 

“Hawaii is an adventurers' paradise due to our ideal year-round weather and the huge menu of adventure options,” says Cesare Lucente, an adventure expert with Outfitters Kaua'i. “Our air and water temperature is very consistent year round, so there is never a bad time to come. You can go out for a surf session in the morning, a hike in the afternoon followed by a sunset kayak all within a few square miles.”

Lucente has a soft spot for Kaua'i, which he's called home for the past 16 years.

“I love the ocean and mountains, and when I arrived here I immediately fell in love with the place and the fact that it had both. Plus, it has the only navigable rivers in Hawai'i,” he says. These rivers give access to the interior rain forests of the island via kayak or SUP board.”

There’s so much to do, it can be overwhelming. Don’t worry, though, we did the research for you. Here are a few excursions to add to the bucket list.