Things to do in Island of Hawaii

Top Things to Do in Island of Hawaii

Things to Do in Island of Hawaii

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  • Samantha S
    105 contributions
    After doing quite a bit of research, we decided to go as a family of 20 to check out the Mauna Kea Summit to watch the sunset & stargazing. It really is such a unique experience and a wonderful evening activity. Even if you are unsure or hesitant about the weather, layer layer layer and dress warm because it is freezing! The drive up was so cool because it truly felt like we were riding above the fog and clouds. You definitely need a 4 wheel drive vehicle as they do check your vehicle before allowing you to head up to the summit. Make sure you arrive at least an hour before the scheduled sunset time as they require you to wait 30 minutes at the visitor center before driving up so you can get acclimated to the altitude. The drive from the visitor center to the summit is about another 30 minutes. You can drive to the visitor center in any type of car but the sunset views are pretty non existent unless you hike up the hill across the street. The visitor center doesn’t have much except a handful of souvenirs so you pretty much have to sit in the car or bring your own folding chairs should you decide to sit outside. The night sky gets truly dark about an hour after the sun sets and then the stars light up and you can see the most stunning view of the Milky Way. I wish the cars in the parking area would turn their headlights off to avoid disrupting the views - that was the only bummer. It was definitely worth while, just come prepared! Oh and definitely make sure you have a full tank of gas before heading towards Mauna Kea as there are zero gas stations nearby.
    Written 28 July 2022
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  • hitx94
    Dallas, TX179 contributions
    This location is beautiful. Easy hike. Don’t expect to swim. The current is rough and there are lots of Portuguese Man of War (small jelly fish).
    Written 13 August 2022
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  • Brianna W
    16 contributions
    This was totally worth it and was so gorgeous. It only took us about 30ish minutes to walk the whole thing. We didn’t stop much, but got some beautiful photos and the waterfall was so pretty. I would definitely recommend the stop.
    Written 13 August 2022
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  • Sam K
    Oakland, CA2 contributions
    Spectacular views from the lookout. Road was very steep and wouldn't recommend without an AWD. It was steep hike (difficult heading down and then obviously back up).
    Written 20 July 2022
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  • Mike F
    Antigo, WI102 contributions
    This was so awesome! We finally made the night view after being there 3 times during the day. Just amazing and my kids loved it, even needed a potty break all the way back to the porta-potty's and wanted to walk all the way back! I was asked a few times if it was worth it, absolutely!!
    Written 10 August 2022
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  • kristykrivjansky
    Benton, LA1 contribution
    This was the highlight of our trip for my 10 year old. The trainers were wonderful and they got to spend a lot of time with the dolphins.
    Written 12 August 2022
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  • Linda M
    3 contributions
    I loved this beautiful white sand beach! Such a comfortable fun way to spend and afternoon. There is plenty of shade if you do not enjoy having too much sun. The water is a nice comfortable temperature too.
    Written 19 April 2022
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  • MAM
    216 contributions
    4 of us visited Volcano on our 10 day vacation on the Big Island. This was our third visit here but we wanted to share this experience with our friends. Enjoyed the Kilauea Iki trail immensely. However, wished there had been steam vents to show our friends. Drove the Crater Rim Road and walked to see the arch. Spent some time studying Kilauea. We all loved our day here.
    Written 14 August 2022
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  • ITRT
    Virginia37,879 contributions
    Not to be confused with Crater Rim Drive, the Chain of Craters Road (38-miles round trip) is the one that takes you down to the coast. You will see views of spectacular overlooks and many lava fields. Stop at Kelakomo Overlook to see the southern coastline. The Pu’u Loa Petroglyphs site and the narrow road to the Hilina Pali Overlook are along or off the Chain of Craters Road. The Pu’u Loa Petroglyphs site has rock paintings dating hundreds of years ago. Travel a 9-mile one-lane, car-wide paved road from Chain of Craters Road to the Hilina Pali Overlook for impressive views of the coastline and Pacific Ocean.

    Some other highlights include the black lava fields with signage indicating the year it occurred. Interspersed between the piles of lava are plants. The Halona Kahakai pullout shows the Chain of Craters Road as it winds through the black lava fields. The Ko’oko’olu Crater is barely visible due to the growth of trees and ferns at its rim. Pauahi Crater’s recent eruptions occurred in May and November 1973, and November 1979. Muliwai a Pele, “river of pele”, is the remains of a lava river. This scenic drive is a must do when on the Big Island.
    Written 27 June 2022
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  • Larry K
    6 contributions
    A long and winding drive leads to a large bay looking out across toward Captain Cook monument and Kealakekua Bay. Look toward the center of the cliffs for a "keyhole" shaped opening here is where the ancient Hawaiians would bring their dead for burial.
    Written 25 July 2022
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  • TravelingGrands2015
    Chicago, IL73 contributions
    This beach is a wonderful stop off for ocean views, butterflies, mongooses, and best of all, sea turtles!
    Written 5 July 2022
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  • Samantha S
    105 contributions
    Soft sands, crystal clear water + sea turtles - what’s not to love? Our family of 20 spent 2 days of our trip at this stunning beach. An absolute favorite spot on the Big Island for sure. A great beach for kiddos to swim and play as the water is fairly calm and the ocean floor is soft white sand. We were lucky enough to spot some sea turtles both times we were there and it truly is such a magical sight. Just please please be respectful and keep a good amount of distance between you and them. I definitely recommend this beach to any and everyone.
    Written 28 July 2022
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  • Rondella1
    Greensboro, North Carolina225 contributions
    This by far was our favorite beach! It has everything! snorkeling, beach, shade from the trees and lots of sun. There are areas that are rocky but walking down there are places sandy areas. There is a restroom present and an area to shower off the sandy. Large parking lot stays full. Pack a cooler with drinks, sandwiches and snacks. It's a great place to spend the day!
    Written 2 July 2022
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  • queenieduong
    San Jose, CA407 contributions
    Parking is a bit limited but people are in an out as not much to see other than the falls. No access to water for swimming.
    Written 1 August 2022
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  • nlcu
    Eugene, OR37 contributions
    The ranch was beautiful and definitely a different experience from our many previous visits. But the apartment was disappointing because the view over green hills to the ocean from the wall of windows in the main room was completely blocked by the roof of the adjacent house. This was not shown in any of the photos so it was easy to expect views like the photos. Most reviewers didn’t mention the obstruction or that the little outside table had views of several old sheds and pens. Glimpses of rolling green are visible in side windows but none with comfortable seating (like in the stairwell going to the laundry in the garage). What bothered us so much would probably be no problem for younger, more active people who wouldn’t mind walking and sitting on the grass to enjoy the peaceful green vistas whatever the weather.
    Written 17 May 2022
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