Hawaii Travel

The Big Island – Hawaii’s Youngest, Largest and Most Dynamic Island

 

Big Island of Hawaii – a place where you can have an adventure of a lifetime. Go on a helicopter tour over majestic volcanoes, hang gliding and parasailing along the Kona coast, horseback riding, hiking, scuba diving, and island hopping.

 

A Hawaii vacation on the Big Island is a trip that you will never forget. This tropical paradise is the ideal travel destination for families, nature lovers, and adventure seekers. Don’t know which places to visit on the Big Island? We have some suggestions for you.

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The Big Island of Hawaii

 

The Big Island is the largest of all the islands in Hawaii. With a total area of 4,028 square miles (10,430 square km.), it is bigger than all the islands in the Hawaiian archipelago combined. At approximately 400,000 years old, Big Island is also the youngest of all the islands in Hawaii.

 

Aside from the majestic volcanoes, there’s so much to see on this amazing island. White sand and black sand beaches, towering waterfalls, lava caves, and rainforests. If you’re lucky, you can see dolphins, sea turtles, coral reefs, manta rays, and Humpback Whales.

 

Places To See On the Big Island

 

HAPUNA BEACH

 

This beach is a very popular destination for tourists. The golden sand and clear blue waters are perfect for having fun with family and friends. Hapuna Beach is regarded as one of the most beautiful beaches in the United States.

 

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Have a family picnic at the beach pavilions. For those who want an underwater adventure, the beach provides a great snorkeling spot. Check out different species of fish, coral reefs, and sea turtles. As a precaution, observe the waves and weather conditions before taking a plunge.

 

There’s a nice little restaurant located on the beach – the Paradise Grill. Hapuna Beach is complete with facilities: showers, cabins, and restrooms. After having a great time, you can relax and check in at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel.

 

HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK

 

People who love nature, hiking, and adventure will have a great time in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Check out the Halema’uma’u Crater, Nahuku-Thurston Lava Tube, Kilauea Iki Trail, Thomas A. Jaggar Museum, Crater Rim Trail, and the Volcano House.

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This World Heritage Site is the best place to see two of the most famous volcanoes in the world. Kilauea is probably the most active volcano on the planet, which has been erupting and spewing red-hot lava since January 3, 1983 up to now (that’s 33 years and counting).

 

Mauna Loa is the largest volcano on Earth, in terms of mass and volume. With a height of 13,677 feet, the volcano encompasses a huge chunk of the island of Hawaii.

 

MAUNA KEA

 

If measured from the base (from the sea floor) to summit, technically speaking, Mauna Kea is not only the tallest volcano; it will be the tallest mountain on Earth. A large part of the volcano is submerged under water. However, by today’s standards, elevation is defined as the height above sea level.

 

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At the summit of this dormant volcano, you will see the Mauna Kea Observatories – research facilities run by different countries equipped with powerful telescopes. It is one of the best places in the world for astronomical observation.

 

Have a stunning view as the sun sets on the horizon. Watch the night sky and have a great time stargazing. Just remember to bring thick clothes as it can get cold at the summit area. The summit can be accessed by using a 4 wheel-drive vehicle. Mauna Kea is a great destination for your Hawaii vacation.

 

AKAKA FALLS

 

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The Akaka Falls State Park is located along the northeastern Hamakua Coast. The gorgeous waterfall is 442 feet high, and is surrounded by lush tropical flora – giant Ti plants, bamboo, birds of paradise, and split leaf philodendron.

 

POLOLU VALLEY OVERLOOK

 

Spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, amazing sea cliffs, and lush vegetation – you can see all of that when you’re on top of the Pololu Valley. Located on Highway 270 in North Kohala, this place has a hiking trail leading to the bottom of the valley, where you can find a black sand beach.

 

KUA BAY BEACH

 

Also known as Manini’owali Beach, this white sand beach is ideal for swimming and snorkeling. At times, big waves can be threatening, so monitor conditions carefully before taking a plunge. It is a popular spot for visitors, so parking can be an issue, especially on weekends.

 

Fun Things to Do in the Big Island Of Hawaii

 

HELICOPTER TOURS

 

Get a bird’s eye view of active volcanoes, lush rainforests, and breathtaking waterfalls. Nothing beats the view from up above as you fly over the famous sites on the Big Island. Helicopters can accommodate 4 to 6 passengers; if you’re the adventurous type, you can fly with the doors off!

 

PARASAILING

 

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Imagine yourself flying through the air in a big parachute, being pulled by a boat in the waters of the Pacific Ocean. Sounds like fun, right? If you’re afraid of going solo, how about parasailing in tandems or triples, and you’ll be able to do it for one full hour. Awesome! You should try this at least once in your lifetime. It’s fun!

 

WATER ACTIVITIES

 

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Have an adrenaline rush by surfing the waters of the Big Island. See dolphins, manta rays, and different species of marine life by snorkeling/scuba diving. If you want a more thrilling adventure, try kiteboarding or kitesurfing. Whatever activity you prefer, you are sure to have a great time on the Big Island.

 

WATERFALLS TOUR

 

The island of Hawaii is home to some of the most beautiful waterfalls in this part of the world. Tour the enchanting falls of the Hamakua Coast and walk the trails once used by ancient Hawaiians.

 

Check out the towering 442 feet waterfalls of the Akaka Falls State Park. See the Rainbow Falls and its amazing color display as the sun’s rays form a prism on the waterfall’s mist. Don’t forget to bring a camera.

 

HIKING

 

Go on a hiking expedition on the Crater Rim Trail and the Kilauea Iki Trail. See the incredible landscapes sculptured by Hawaii’s active volcanoes. Check out the Nahuku – Thurston Lava Tube, a 500-year-old lava cave. Bring a flashlight so you can explore the inner sections.

 

HORSEBACK RIDING

 

Explore the gorgeous Big Island countryside. Marvel at the amazing sights and majestic landscapes. See the diversity of Hawaiian flora and fauna – plants, fruits, flowers, as well as the amazing wildlife. Have a spectacular view as the sun sets on the horizon.

 

COFFEE TOURS

 

Kona coffee in the Big Island is one of the finest and most expensive coffees in the world. The rich volcanic soil, nice climate, and high elevation all combine to provide the best environment for cultivating coffee. Visit a coffee farm and know more about the rich history of Kona coffee.

 

CONCLUSION

 

Have a once in a lifetime vacation on the Big Island of Hawaii. This paradise is the perfect setting for an amazing adventure. See majestic volcanoes, towering waterfalls, national parks, forest trails, white and black sand beaches.

 

Have a great time by going on a helicopter tour, parasailing, hang gliding, snorkeling, scuba diving, horseback riding, hiking, and sightseeing. A Hawaii vacation on the Big Island is truly an adventure that you will never forget.

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