ACTIVITIES on the BIG ISLAND

VOLCANO

ACTIVITIES

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β€‹πŸƒ - This activity might or will involve physical exercise.   
🌒 - Can be done in rainy weather
🍞 - Advised to take drinks / food / snack as stores and vendors might be limited or none in the area.

Good sites to get more activity ideas from:

https://www.lovebigisland.com
https://bigislandhikes.com

WEATHER
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AROUND VOLCANO

Volcano National Park πŸƒ
Kilauea Visitor Center, Volcano House Restaurant - open for lunch, dinner, viewing area of the summit from the restaurant. Steam vent trail, Sulfur banks, Kilauea Military Camp Bowling alley.

Bird Park πŸƒπŸž
This is a very nice loop at the bottom of Mauna Loa Lookout Scenic Ride. A comfortable couple of miles hike in the forest on a very beautiful trail. Especially recommended for bird watchers.

Mauna Loa Lookout Scenic Ride - bicycle downhill gem πŸƒπŸŒ’πŸž
A beautiful and very scenic ride to a lookout point. There are several hiking trails along this drive that can be explored. One of the nicest and safest downhill ride on a bicycle from the lookout to VNP. This ride used to go all the way to the ocean, through the park, until the recent lava eruption.

Kazumura Lava Tube πŸƒπŸŒ’πŸž
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, one of the 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.

Volcano Winery 🌒
​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.​

KALAPANA SIDE

SUNDAY
Maku Market
Only on Sundays, the biggest and probably most popular farmers market on the Hilo side. Combines well with visiting the Kalapana Coast.

WEDNESDAY
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.

Puna Lights 🌒
A seasonal (Pre-Christmas) show of lights at a private residence for free. It is a mesmerizing light show for small and big, resembling a drive-in theater experience. 7pm-9pm daily, check google if it is still on, before driving there.

Kalapana Scenic Ride - Pohoiki (Isaac Hale) Beach 🌒🍞
Drive along the amazing Kalapana Coast, experiencing the aftermath of the recent lava flow. Stop by the breath-taking Kehena Beach, where clothing is often optional, and spend the evening at Uncle Roberts Night Market (only on Wednesdays). Do not believe your GPS units when it wants to take you through HWY 132.. It is under 30 feet of lave at some sections. You need to go to the end of HWY 130 and then turn onto HWY 137 at Kaimu Beach Park… to go on the coast to Isaac Hale Beach Park.


HILO


Kaumana Caves πŸƒ
These caves are found above Hilo, and they are the perfect introduction to those interested in seeing lava caves.

Hilo Zoo πŸƒ
Hilo has its own Zoo with a cool playground for the kids, free of charge for all visitors.

Mokupapapa Center 🌒
Educational center about the Hawaiian marine life


Imiloa Astronomy Center 🌒
The Hawaii Islands are world famous when it comes to studying the sky. β€˜Imiloa is an inspirational experience for those interested to learn and see cool visuals about the heavens of our Universe.

Big Island Candy 🌒
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.

Hilo Farmer's Market
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.

Liliuokalani Park / Japanese Garden
Beautiful garden in Hilo Bay

Reeds Bay 🍞
Water rafts (boats, peddle boards, kayaks, etc.) have the easiest launch from this bay. Very suitable for beginners as there are no waves inside the water break wall.

Keaukaha Beach Park 🍞

Onekahakaha (Mama’s Beach) Beach Park 🍞
Especially comfortable beach for small children and elderly people. A protected and spacious pool of natural ocean, secluded and protected by wave break walls and shallow water.

Richardson Beach Park 🍞
Nice and adventurous beach park without sandy shores - therefore very suitable for snorkeling.

Carlsmith Beach Park 🍞
Nice and adventurous beach park without sandy shores - therefore very suitable for snorkeling.


Rainbow fallsπŸƒ
Close to the city, Rainbow falls is an easy introduction to the more challenging waterfalls on the Hamakua Coast.

Blue Hawaiian Helicopter Rides
Both Hilo and Kona sides of the Big Island offers helicopter rides for those who dare and want the ultimate perspective over Hawaii.


KAU

Coffee Tasting
Are you curious about how coffee is grown, harvested, processed and prepared before you could call it a cup of coffee? On your way to South Point there are a few coffee farms who offer free tasting
 
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.

Puna Lu'u Bakery
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.

South Point  πŸž
The most Southern point of the Hawaiian Islands with steep cliffs and clear waters for snorkeling. This spot is famous for people who dare take the leap from tall cliffs into the deep ocean.

Green Sand Beach​​​​  πŸƒπŸž
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.

Snorkeling from South Point to Captain Cook  πŸƒπŸž
Probably the best area for snorkeling is everything between South Point and Captain Cook. Due to the lack of sandy beaches, the water is clear and deep enough for marine life to flourish.


HAMAKUA COAST

Hamakua Scenic Drive
Make sure to take the scenic route shortly leaving Hilo, when driving up the Hamakua Coast.

Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden πŸƒ
A tropical paradise if you are into flowers and plants.

Zipline πŸƒ
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. Google the current offers online and don’t forget to consider the weather. Many of the zipline operators are on the Hamakua Coast, this activity combines well with the Waipio Valley trip, the various waterfalls and the scenic drive along the Hamakua Coast.


Akaka falls πŸƒπŸž
This is a beautiful waterfall along the Hamakua Coast.

Waipio Valley πŸƒπŸž
One of the most breathtaking and enormous valley that is worth the hike and beach for hours.

KONA SIDE

SANDY BEACHES OF KONA
Hapuna🍞
The biggest sandy beach on the island, that is probably the most popular among tourists.

Beach 69🍞
Next to Hapuna beach, this is a good alternative, full of romantic coves and trees. Those who like natural shade, this beach is perfect.

Kua Bay🍞
Amazing colors beautiful sand and no shade.

Mauna Kea Summit at 14,000 feet πŸƒπŸž
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.

Night Manta Ray Dive  πŸƒ
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. This activity is on the Kona Side.

Lava Tube near Kona Airport  πŸƒ
HueHue Lava tube is located just north of the Kona International Airport around mile marker 91. (Google maps will take you there.)  It is a little hard to find until you are right up on it. If you pass it, don't slam on your brakes, just pull up past it and turn around when it is safe.  Be careful crossing the street if you park on the opposite side. The speed limit is 55 in this area. You can hike down into the tube, but make sure you wear sneakers or appropriate shoes as it is somewhat steep and the rocks are loose.  Bring a flashlight so you can explore deeper into the tubes. There is a second tube behind the one visible from the road. You do need to hike back to it though. It's definitely worth a look!

Ride a motorcycle or drive Around the Island  πŸƒ
On the Kona side motorcycle (Harleys) 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).