It’s more than twice the size of all the other Hawaiian Islands put together – with eleven different climate zones, 266 miles of coastline, exotic black-sand beaches, sprawling cattle ranches, luxury resorts and amazing views. There’s a panoramic view on the road from Hawi to Waimea Town that will redefine your definition of breathless! South of Hilo enter Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and bear witness to Pele, Hawaii’s goddess of the world’s most active volcano. All this, yet we’ve barely begun to describe the big adventure that awaits.
Glimpse into the culture of the ancients at Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historic Park, a Hawaiian sanctuary on the Kona Coast. (Don’t worry if you can’t pronounce it.) Drive north up the Kohala Coast to the fishpond at Anaehoomalu Bay – a miraculous feat of ancient Hawaiian engineering, located next to golden sands. Or venture 9,300 feet up Mauna Kea where you can stargaze through a telescope – you can drive to the summit observatories in a 4x4 truck or car. If there’s snow that winter, ski or snowboard down. Then jump into the balmy Pacific before dinner.
There are beautiful beaches aplenty on the Big Island of Hawaii, especially on the sun-drenched Kohala Coast. There you’ll also find championship golf courses that attract players of every caliber from around the world. Where else can you hit over rugged black lava beds, within a chip shot from the Pacific Ocean, while snow-capped Mauna Kea watches? You’ll also find luxury Hawaii resorts and spas, fine Hawaiian cuisine, charming towns, coffee plantations and more. When it comes to things to do on the Big Island, it’s a very big list.
Photo Credits: Hawaii Tourism Authority – Kirk Lee Aeder [Lava, Paniolo Ranchers, Snorkelers], Tor Johnson [Conch Blowers]; Hawaii Tourism Japan [Lei Greeter]