Exciting Things to Do in Island of Hawaii

Top Extreme Activities & Thrilling Things to Do in Island of Hawaii, HI

Exciting Things to Do in Island of Hawaii for Thrill Seekers

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  • Nan
    Northwood, OH30 contributions
    Amazing views above the clouds at the volcano summit. It's a little rough getting up there--I recommend a tour. Lots of good info and great views of the night sky.
    Written 22 September 2022
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  • Michael Denis M
    Castlewellan, UK338 contributions
    Traveling, north from Kona, past the great resorts of the Big Island’s Kohala Coast, you’ll be enchanted by the glorious coastline. The drive takes you through the little town of Hawi, close to the birthplace of King Kahmehameha I, who was the great monarch to unite the Islands in his Kingdom. There is a magnificent statue of the King prominently placed in the town. Proceeding onwards to the end of the road, you reach Pololu Valley. For those of a hiking disposition, you can make your way to the dandy floor. The view of the valley and the coastline from the roadway is certainly worth a gasp and a picture or two. Well worth a morning’s ride Drive home by way of Paniolo Country - the Ranch and Cowboy lands - to the little town of Waimea. Enjoy!
    Written 7 September 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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  • Nan
    Northwood, OH30 contributions
    When will I ever get another chance to see a volcano so closely? Even though a little pricey, it's worth it for a full day tour. Very knowledgeable tour guides give you all the info you need.
    Written 22 September 2022
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  • Zimminaroundtheworld
    Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,809 contributions
    Driving the Chain of Craters Road was definitely a highly of my trip to Volcanoes NP. We drove the road from the visitors center to the end. It was amazing seeing the lava fields as far as the eye can see. Not only that but there were beautiful views of the ocean. There are many places to stop along the road and other attractions. It was a very scenic drive!
    Written 23 September 2022
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  • MilmineM
    Auckland, New Zealand535 contributions
    It is certainly a strenuous walk down and back out to this bay but the snorkelling is well worth it. Definitely the best amount of coral and fish i saw anywhere on big island. There are plenty of boat tours that can take you there but the walk in is definitely worth doing if you want to experience on your own.
    Written 3 September 2022
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  • bbodb3
    2 contributions
    This is one outstanding beach and (at least at the time of our visit in June) there was no entry /admission fee. Parking is a bit tricky in that very few marked spaces exist but the custom here is (for now anyway) to park off the asphalt parallel to the road. Even when we parked a bit away from the beach, the walk was not all that far. The beach is wonderful - sandy bottom with no sea weed and every now and then a turtle would swim through the area even with a good number of people here. There was a lifeguard stand as well here during our visit. The rinse off stations were a nice touch and there are rest rooms here too. Most definitely worth a visit!
    Written 23 August 2022
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  • alekuee
    Philadelphia, PA18 contributions
    Like the volcano, I think your experience is all going to be based on timing. It was a clear night and we were able to see constellations very clearly. However, the moon was way too bright to allow us to see any difference in the Milky Way, compared to where we we could see it from our lodging in Pahoa.

    The drive up was super easy (and much easier than Haleakala) but we did not drive all the way to the top of the summit. Luckily, we had no issues acclimating.

    Flying out of Kona, it was cool to be able to see Mauna Kea from the plane and be able to see where we were the night before.
    Written 10 September 2022
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  • lanamom
    Sunnyvale, CA653 contributions
    This was amazing - you hike down and then across the Iki crater, getting a unique perspective. Hike does have some strenuous parts, but overall not too bad and a lot of fun!!
    Written 30 August 2022
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  • Gloria Z
    16 contributions
    You’ll enjoy this if you like slightly hilly, long hikes with a continuous good view. Bring sunscreen and a hat, although make sure it’s snug because there’s wind (how we survived the sun — but we all still ended up with a distinct shorts tan). We decided to walk instead of take rides from the locals (some rides looked really rough bc the roads are rutted and uneven). It’s a total 6 miles RT on reddish-dirt hills with grooves and intersecting paths which all lead to the same place. At the end of the trails, you end up on the opposite side of the cliff where the trucks are parked. You can hike over and then you’ll see a picnic table. Then it’s a short steep walk down to the green sand beach. From quite early on in the hike, you can already see the green tint but on the beach you can see actual translucent green specs in the sand. We saw lots of people swimming once we got down. Don’t wear white shoes, bring plenty of water, and take the trails near the ocean for the view!
    Written 22 August 2022
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  • Richard K
    Memphis, TN929 contributions
    You need a flashlight and good shoes, not flip flops. There’s a steep set of stairs and then there are two caves. Your cellphone flashlight isn’t strong enough to go too far into the cave. Enter at your own risk. Park across the street. They have a small restroom available too. Free admission.
    Written 7 September 2022
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  • Flutist60
    Roy, WA54 contributions
    We came up with the Hawaii Forest & Trails group, and were able to do a little stargazing, although the weather was horrid on our day. Next time we're on the Big Island we'll definitely go up again. Wow, the stars are so bright without all the light pollution!
    Written 5 March 2020
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  • wellyhelly
    Thousand Oaks, CA47 contributions
    I visited Kaawaloa (Captain Cook
    Monument) a while ago. It’s a good hike with great views. Bring enough water because the hike can be strenuous and there’s not a lot of shade. Some people hide water on the way down so they don’t have to carry it all. While hiking poles are not totally necessary I found them to be an excellent addition to help prevent sore knees.
    Written 16 August 2022
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  • William R
    Rockport, MA4 contributions
    We loved our ride with Corrina! What a treat it was to ride Smoky through rolling fields, past grazing horses and cows, with views of the ocean beyond. Thanks so much Corrina! 🤙🤙🤙🤙🤙
    Written 20 September 2022
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  • M5332BLjohnb
    3 contributions
    Absolutely spectacular to watch the sunset from the top. But I’m writing this review mostly because we had a very stressful time with our fuel. We got to the visitor center with half a tank. The guys that assess you for driving to the top advised against it since the nearest gas station is over 30 miles away. But we are idiots on vacation so we went! The remaining range went down pretty quickly, but then really plummeted on the way down, with an indicated 22 miles of range left when we got back to the visitor center. Yikes! Put the Jeep in 2 wheel drive and started to limp to the closest station, only to find that the range just kept going up and up. We drove the 50 miles back to Waikaloa and STILL had 120 miles of range!

    Lesson: if you have half a tank of gas at the visitor center you are totally fine to go up.

    The top itself is other-worldly. Do it!
    Written 2 August 2022
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