What to See and Do on the Big Island of Hawaii

The big island of Hawaii is a spectacular place to explore. You’ll enjoy a vast array of activities that include sightseeing, hiking, horseback riding, swimming, water sports, dolphin swim tours, deep sea fishing, whale watching and a lot more. Plan your own island exploration itinerary or simply take the Big Island tour and let them do the driving while you take in the beauty of Hawaii.

No matter where you start your exploration from you should check out the town of Hilo which is the largest town on the island of Hawaii. When you arrive in Hilo go to the Jaggar Museum located at the Halemaumau Crater overlook. Halemaumau is the home of Pele, the Volcano goddess. The Hilo Farmers market is also a very popular place to visit and sample the local cuisine, buy fruits and vegetables, maybe some delicious macadamia honey and examine an endless variety of crafts. The best days to go are on a Wednesday or Saturday when there are usually over 200 farmers and local crafters in attendance.

No trip would be complete without visiting Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The two active volcanoes are Kilauea and Mauna Loa. The 4,000 foot high Kilauea is the one everyone wants to see. The Kilauea Visitor Center will supply you with current information on trails and where you might see lava flow. Plan to spend the better part of the day here because you’re looking at a 3 hour hike or an 11 mile drive along Crater Rim Drive. The scenery is breathtaking as you pass by the Kilauea caldera and through a lush tropical rain forest. This is one place you’ll be talking about for years even if you didn’t see the lava flowing while you were there.

Anaehoomalu Bay is located within the Waikoloa Resort complex and is a great place for swimming and snorkeling. This is an amazing place to spot sea turtles in the ocean and right on the beach. The beach is widely known as A-Bay Beach and to get there just take highway 19 north from Kona toward the Kohala Resort Area. It’s approximately 27 miles from Kona. The Hilton Waikoloa Village has some of the most beautiful swimming pools and tropical landscaping on the island and is worth visiting for these reasons alone. They also have a 175 foot water slide at their Kona Pool and their Kohala River Pool is actually 4 pools interconnected by water slides.

The Kona coast is called the Blue Marlin capital of the world for a good reason. If you like deep sea fishing the big island of Hawaii is one of the best places to get out on the water. The fishing is excellent with an opportunity for you to catch Marlin, Mahi Mahi or Wahoo. Book your favorite fishing charter boat and get ready for a great day. As an added bonus you may experience seeing humpback whales. Some fishing charter boats will include some amazing snorkeling near the Captain Cook monument where you will see a fantastic array of fish as part of their deep sea fishing package.

This big island of Hawaii has a unique spectrum of amazing things to see and do that you won’t find on the other islands. Consider visiting two or three Hawaiian Islands on your next vacation and make sure Hawaii is on your must-see list.

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