Swimming at the beach is tons of fun, but what do you do if you can't (or just don't want to) jump in the water? Whether the conditions are choppy, the temperature's a bit cool or you're just ready to spend some time on land, you can still enjoy the sand. Head out from your Hawaii vacation home and take part in these fun beach activities:
Eating a meal on the beach is a great way to take in the scenery and spend time with your traveling companions. Pack a basket full of foods that don't need refrigeration, and lay out a big blanket. Keep a careful eye on where you're setting your food down, though, or else "sandwich" might get a little too literal.
Laying out on the beach with a good book is one of the most blissful experiences out there. It's utterly relaxing, and it gives you the chance to dive into a good story. Make sure you apply plenty of sunscreen: It's easy to get lost in a plot, but you don't want to finish your book just to realize you've gotten a sunburn.
Are you an amateur shutterbug? Beaches are one of the best places in the world to practice your photography skills, as they're utterly photogenic. Don't just take your typical "sand and water" pictures – mix things up! Try to get a close-up image of an interesting shell, or a shot of a wave as it breaks. You'll have the best photo album to show off when you get back home,
4. Fly a kite
One of the most common reasons you might not want to go for a swim at the beach is big waves. If those waves are caused by wind, consider going out to fly a kite. Practice getting your kite to float higher or lower, but be prepared – if it crashes after reaching a great height, you might need to go a bit far to get it back.
5. Build a castle
Building a sandcastle is an iconic beach-going activity. Bring along buckets and shovels and dive into your artistic side. If your sandcastle isn't working out quite the way you want it to, play with your ratio of sand to water. It might take some experimenting to get the proportions just right, but once you dial in your combination, you'll be a sand architect in no time.
6. Play ball
Tossing around a ball or flying disk at the beach can make for hours of fun. Find a nice spot with plenty of room so you're not interrupting other beachgoers as you play. Another great ballgame for the beach? Sand volleyball. Plenty of beaches in Hawaii have ready-made courts if you'd like to give it a go!
7. Work out
If you're a runner, jogging on the beach is an experience you should try at least once. The sand makes running a bit harder, but it also puts a little less pressure on your joints. You'll work an entirely different muscle set than you would running on a treadmill or asphalt, and you'll get a great workout,