Hui! Are you planning your next trip to the Big Island, aka Hawaii? But did you know there nearly hundreds of islands that make the Hawaiian Island Chain? Hawaii is a spectacular destination with several secrets up its sleeves. From stargazing to checking out the epic surfing, secret waterfalls, and the erupting volcanoes—it is nature’s paradise.
If you are an avid rom-com reader, then 50 First dates, Just Go with it, of Forgetting Sarah Marshell, have surely enticed you to visit this destination. Hawaii has pristine beauty with mouth-melting delicatessens, incredible Asian cuisine, but what attracts travelers most is the sunset by the shore on the Big Island with a gleaming orange sky radiating its glow in the blue waters! Besides, the waterfalls and lava fields are what make Hawaii a living ecstasy.
Here is a list of the top 10 best things to do on the Big Island!
1: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Do you want a thrilling and adventurous trip on your Hawaii Big Island trip? Then pack your bags and gear up to witness the red hot lava at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park! Although there is ample red mantle oozing from the various destinations in the Hawaiian Islands, the Big Island is the exact spot you must look for. In 2018 there was an active volcanic eruption, so the place is still in its formative stage. Besides the volcano, travelers are bewildered with the national park’s scenic beauty, which you can experience by driving on the Crater Rim Drive. For history buffs, the Jaggar museum in the park is an ideal spot while a 20 minutes’ walk down a tree fern forest through the Thurston Lava Tubes is an impeccable experience.
2: Punalu’u Black Sand Beach
Have you always dreamt of walking on white-sand beaches? But the dark black sand beach in Punalu’u Beach will change your perception of beauty! It is formed from years of volcanic eruptions at the Big Island. If you are fortunate, you may encounter the endangered Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles and Hawksbill Turtles. Besides, you can dive Punalu’uand enjoy snorkeling and swimming. A walk down the black sand beach with sunset by your side or a campfire with over sky glittering with multiple stars is an ecstatic feeling.
3: Kayak Kealakekua Bay
Have you ever wondered how life in underwater is? Do you want to have a lifetime experience with colorful fishes and the magnificent coral reefs? If so, then Kayak Kealakekua Bay is one of the best destinations at Big Islands Hawaii. Dive in for an adventurous snorkeling experience or book a snorkeling boat tour and have the chance to see sea turtles and spinner dolphins! On the eastern side of the bay, you can visit HikiauHeiau, a temple dedicated to Goddess Lono.
4: Sunset on Mauna Kea Volcano
When you hear about Hawaii, the first image is pristine beaches, warm, sunny days, clear sky, and roaring waves, But did you know that it snows in Hawaii too? The surprise isn’t over yet! Hawaii is the home to the tallest mountain in the world, taller than Mount Everest! So while shorting the things to do in big island, don’t forget to plan a visit to the 13,796 feet tall Mauna kea Volcano—the tallest mountain in Hawaii. Of you are a stargazer, this place is a must-visit destination as it has 13 high-powered space telescopes to help you see the twinkling lights. The observatory is famous for its mesmerizing sunset views when an orange hue falls on the snow-capped mountains, especially in winters!
5: Unwind In Holualoa Town
With high-rises covering most parts of the cityscape, countryside is a rare view. So while you are planning a trip to the Big Island, enjoy the fertile slopes of Hualalai Volcano in the picturesque town of Kailua-Kona in Holualoa. The place is ideal for relaxation after adventurous trips and treks. There are inns with home-grown veggies, coffee, and a small town with gardens that will entice your heart.
6: Papakolea Green Sand Beach
White beaches are a common sight, but how about a spectacular green sand beach? Yes, you heard it right! A green sand beach at Papakolea, situated on the southwestern coast, is one of the best things to do in Hawaii Big Island. The beach has billions of olivines-a green crystal erupted from the Mauna Loa Volcano, which gave it a distinguished identity. Although reaching this place isn’t easy-peasy! It takes lots of energy, plenty of water, adequate food, and will power to hike 5 miles. The treacherous trails of this hike unveil a marvelous view from atop!
7: Snorkeling with Manta Rays
On the national geography channel, have you ever viewed a manta ray feed? If yes, you have a golden opportunity f witnessing this experience, and for those who are unaware of manta rays, plan your trip to the Kona Coast on Big Island. Here you can find groups of manta rays wandering in the sea to feed on planktons. Grab a SUP board and dive in the ocean at night! The UV light from the boards attracts several planktons, and the massive manta rays will gracefully make an entry to feed on them! You can also try scuba diving with the massive mantas!
8: Coffee Tasting In Kona
The aromatic flavor of coffee can fill the room with pure bliss! You can never finish your Big Island trip without sipping a cup of coffee at Kona. The town has earned world acclamation as one of the most famous coffee towns as the rich volcanic soil helps produce smooth coffee. With nearly 600 coffee farms in Kona, the Greenwell Farms is most popular. Taste a variety of home-grown coffee, and get a pack of caffeine before setting sail for home!
9: Visit Akaka Waterfall
The beauty of the pristine water cascade is unmatched in the world. The soothing effect, scenic beauty, and the aesthetic beauty of nature at the Akaka Falls should be in your list of top things to do in Hawaii Big Island. This largest waterfall in Hawaii, located 11 miles north of Hiro at Akaka Falls State Park, entices travelers. The park is also the home to bamboo trees, orchids, Kahuna Falls, and a stream-eroded gorge! Hike down these trails during the sunset, when the beaming sun rays fall on the falls and leave a charming memory for life.
10: Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Park
Can you think of a place to take refuge to evade the punishments set by the judiciary? Well, it might sound like a fantasy from the novel, but in the ancient era, Hawaii had a place named Pu’uhonua, where criminals often ran off to take refuge, absolve their crime, and start a normal life. Although these laws no longer exist, you can take a trip down the historic lanes and the sacred site ofPu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park. You can even get an eerie feeling at the Hale o Keawe temple comprised of the bones the chief that cast a spell of mana (power) in the area and guarding the bay and temple are dramatic wooden statues called Ki’i.
When is the best time to visit Hawaii Big Island?
Hawaii is a wonderful touristic destination for any season, but we recommend you to plan your trip between September-November, as these are the peak months. Although on every season you can witness different events like you can enjoy whale-watching from January to early April or participate in the Big Island Chocolate Festival in April-May. If you love rain, visit Hawaii in November or enjoy the King Kamehameha Day Celebration’s grandeur in June.
These are some of the best things to do in Hawaiian Island till we meet again on another spectacular journey arranged by bucketlist!