Top Reasons for Traveling to the Big Island
You could take all of the different Hawaiian Islands, place them on Big Island, and still have room left over. Not only is there plenty of room on this spectacular island, but there are even more things to do while visiting. Big Island is among one of the world’s most desirable vacation destinations. While a list of “things to do” could go on for days, here are a few of the top choices:
1. Waipio Valley: Have you ever wanted to experience a real-life “secret garden?” Waipio Valley is nothing shy of being completely remote and secluded. It is commonly known as the Valley of Kings. Located on the northern Hamaku Coast, it is surrounded by cliffs that are upwards of 2,000-feet tall. You can take in stunning views from the coastal Waipio Valley Overlook, take a guided van tour, hike, or horseback ride to view all of its hidden gems.
2. The Hidden Beaches: The Hidden Beaches are another Hawaiian gem. Avoiding the crowded beaches and experiencing the secluded, wild beaches is definitely the best way to soak up the sun and explore. Many of the beaches are only accessible by hiking to them. Getting to explore the lush wildlife, calm waters, untouched beaches, and pristine views will satisfy any beach-goer or adventure seeker.
3. Mauna Kea: Mauna Kea is the highest point in all of Hawaii. Located at the top of the Big Island, it offers some of the most spectacular views in the world. It is a sacred place to the Hawaiians and is becoming that for astronomers as well. Providing extremely dark and clear skies, stargazers are captivated by the brightness of the stars as they seem to almost be within arm’s reach.
4. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: If watching landscapes changing before your eyes, lava tubes, steam vents, giant craters, and nightly lava fireworks sounds cool, all are to be expected when visiting the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. This park is home to the Kilauea Volcano, located 30 miles southwest of Hila. As a sacred place for the Hawaiians, it is referred to as, “the world’s only drive-in volcano.” It gained this reputation by producing hundreds of thousands-cubic yards of lava per day, which happens to be enough to re-surface a 20 mile stretch of road.
5. Kealakekua Bay: Ready to kayak past dolphins to the Captain Cook Monument, then dive-in and snorkel through world-renowned coral reefs? This is a double feature Historical State Park that is a very popular travel destination.