Links provided below are only examples of the type of services provided by third parties. Please feel free to further research or price hunt for the best options that suit your travels. The cabin has dedicated wifi / internet service for our guest to be able to further research at no cost how to make the best of their visit here. This hotspot should work everywhere in and around the cabin.
CHECKING THE WEATHER
For the most part, as far as the weather is concerned, it is only rain and storm that might force you to change your plans. These radar maps might help you to see what the situation is over the whole island and choose your strategy accordingly for the day.
Click on the title above to visit the website. This is a very well organized website with many categorized activities.
The longest and biggest known lava tube in the world is the Kazamura lava tube. Although it is about 40 miles long and often wider than as a semi truck, the only organized caving is provided by Kazumura Cave Tours, located at the end of our street. (http://kazumuracave.com/) There are different tours, from a couple of hours to a full day of serious caving.
Both Hilo and Kona sides of the Big Island offers helicopter rides for those who have bigger budgets.
One unique way of seeing this paradise is from a zipline. Those who don't mind a little adrenaline rush, can fly through the jungle canopy like birds.
This lava tube is a pleasant surprise to most, but don't be fooled. Just as casually you could stop and just poke around it, this tube could be hours of exploring and hiking through some amazing lava tubes, halls, under collapsed lava ceilings. Don't forget to have good shoes, water and perhaps snacks.
These caves are found above Hilo, and they are the perfect introduction to those interested in seeing lava casually, or could be more serious.
Hilo has its own Zoo with a cool playground for the kids, free of charge for all visitors.
Night Manta Ray Dive
This dive/snorkel is at night and probably one of the most unique opportunity to swim with swarming gentle giants around the boat in safety. You might need reservations weeks ahead to join this program.
Mauna Kea Summit at 14,000 feet
Whether you just want to see from the top of the world or experience sunrise / sunset fully without any obstruction on your horizon in any direction, the summit of this mountain is known to be stopping hurricanes in their tracks. Check out warnings about driving to the top too fast or with children, regarding altitude sickness.
One of the most breathtaking and enormous valley that is worth the hike and beach for hours.
WATERFALLS AND BEACHES OF HILO
Richardson Beach Park
Carlsmith Beach Park
Onekahakaha (Mama’s Beach) Beach Park
Keaukaha Beach Park
Liliuokalani Park / Japanese Garden
Kayak, Paddle board around Hilo
When the weather is nice on the Hilo side, Reeds Bay is a perfect location to discover the coast with a slower raft like a kayak, paddle board or windsurf board.
Snorkeling from South Point to Captain Cook
Black Sand Beach at Punalu’U
This beach isn’t only unique because of the color of its beach sand, but seemingly it is one of the mostly liked beaches for big green turtles to enjoy and sunbathe,.. Probably because of its dark sand and therefore higher temperatures when heated by the sun.
Green Sand Beach
One of the two only green sand beaches on Earth. This is a 45-60 min. Hike along the coast unless you have a good 4 wheel drive vehicle and some skills. Don’t worry, locals provide a shuttle service on their 4x4s for a fee if you don’t feel like hiking.
The most Southern point of the Hawaiian Islands with steep cliffs and clear waters for snorkeling.
Located on the Big Island, midway between Kailua-Kona and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Punalu'u Bake Shop & Visitor Center is a welcome oasis for travelers. Awaiting you on our beautifully landscaped 4-acre tropical estate, are free samples of our famous Hawaiian Sweetbread. Enjoy our Ka'u Coffee, Malasadas, Anpans and other bakery treats. Refresh yourself with our ice cream, delicious sandwiches, plate lunches, fresh salads and much more, but be careful. The earlier you come, the more you can choose from. By the end of the day, this local favorite is emptied out.
SANDY BEACHES OF KONA
Ride a motorcycle or drive Around the Island
On the Kona side motorcycle rental is available to those being able to show a driver's license endorsed for motorcycle. They provide everything (helmet is optional by Hawaii law.) Driving this scenic route is also very satisfying with a car, especially if you plan to take food along and have one or more picnic(s).
The Hawaii Islands are world famous when it comes to studying the sky. ‘Imiloa is a place of life‐long learning where the power of Hawai‘i’s cultural traditions, its legacy of exploration, and the wonders of astronomy come together to provide inspiration and hope for generations.
A candy factory is an obvious interest to kids, however many adults are also fascinated by being able to peer inside a candy factory, especially if samples are given out as well.
Local farmers bring their produce to this market in Hilo, often cheaper and fresher than grocery stores. If you would like to support the locals, cutting out big companies and the middle man, as well as find some exotic fruits and veggies, this is one of the colorful and interesting markets around Hilo.
Wine tasting in Paradise is just a sip away at Volcano Winery on the Big Island. Come taste the local wines inspired by volcanic fire and the bounty of the island.
Educational center about the Hawaiian marine life.
DUE TO THE NEW LAVA FLOW, ACTIVITIES BELOW MIGHT BE EITHER CLOSED, RESTRICTED OR LIMITED
Volcano National Park
There is a lot here that you can do, the park is open 24/7, making it convenient to visit the glowing lava at night even. Plenty of trails to hike even down to the caldera, bike around the crater or check out the lava tubes and steam vents.
Kalapana Lava Ride / Hike
This program is the most popular form of personally meeting the lavaflow. http://lavalandhawaii.com
Sightseeing Kalapana, the Lava Land and its special spots,Maku’u Farmers Market / Mango Grove Scenic Coastal Ride / Warm Ponds / Scenic Costal Ride / Kehena Nudist Beach / Picnic on Grassy Fields
Only on Sundays, the biggest and probably most popular farmers market on the Hilo side.
A unique beach with heated fresh water mixing with the tides of the ocean, producing a unique bath especially protective and comfortable for kids, the elderly and those who just want to soak and levitate for hours.
Uncle Roberts Wednesday Night Market
A spectacular night swirling with vendors, musicians, food and booze. The most eclectic bunch having fun at the edge of the lava flow at Kalapana on Wednesday evenings.