The island of Hawai’i has something for everyone: from historical sites and cultural enclaves to adventurous paths and pristine beaches, the Big Island has always been famous for its abundance of activity to newcomers and kama’aina alike. Today we’d like to share 8 of our favorite activities for you to put on the itinerary the next time you’re planning a trip to the Big Island for some rest, relaxation, and fun in the sun!
- Visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: This one is a no-brainer! You just can’t go wrong with a visit to this historic site. Featuring a plethora of trails to explore, an onsite museum of volcanology, and guided tours given by local experts, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park is a must for your next Big Island excursion.
- Stop in at the Kona Farmers Market: You’ll find some excellent shopping in Kailua-Kona, and some of our island’s very best in local fare and food is available at the Kona Farmers Market. Open Wednesdays through Sundays, you’ll find an abundance of local vendors offering a wide array of gems and delicious treats for sale.
- Scope out Hapuna Beach Park: Widely considered to be one of the very best beaches in the entire world, Hapuna Beach is one of the island’s largest white sand beaches and offers an array of opportunities for snorkeling, swimming, and bodyboarding.
- Check out some black and green sand beaches: If you get tired of the many world-class beaches the Big Island has to offer, then maybe it’s time to change up the color of the sand! Punalu’u Beach and its black sands exist as a result of our island’s previous volcanic eruptions, and is also home to the many turtles that enjoy basking in the sun on its shores. If you’re looking for something even rarer, then Papakolea--while a bit difficult to reach—is well worth the trip: its green crystals give the beach’s sands its color—and how often can you say you’ve been to a beach with truly green sand?
- Tour the Kona Coffee Living History Farm: Our island has a rich history of agricultural production, and that includes our world-famous coffee! The Kona Coffee Living History Farm has done an excellent job of both preserving this heritage and creating an exciting area to explore. There are also several coffee farms in the Kona region for you to tour and taste as well, including the renowned Greenwell Farms.
- Take in the state’s largest waterfall: Akaka Falls is located north of Hilo and offers a truly breathtaking sight: a 442-foot-tall natural waterfall! You’re definitely missing out if you don’t make the drive over to see this one.
- Feast your eyes on Waipi’o Valley Lookout: Located on the Hamakua coast, Waipi’o Valley can be taken in a number of ways—on foot, via a guided tour, and even on horseback. Just be sure not to attempt driving down into the valley on your own, as the steep grade demands four-wheel drive (not to mention knowledge of the region).
- Explore all the Big Island’s best neighborhoods: When it comes to island neighborhoods, there’s truly something for everybody—and if you’re looking to start calling the Big Island home, then give us a call! We’d love to show you around and help you find your next island home.