There are so many amazing places to see on the Big Island that we can hardly narrow it down to five. But we also know that some people don’t always have very many days to enjoy their vacation and want to know the “Must See and Do’s.” So here is our list:
Hapuna Beach is regularly voted as the Best Beach in all of the US. About 1/4 mile long, this beach has everything you could want–warm, soft white sand, beautiful waters, nice waves for boogie boarding and swimming, and more. You will want to make sure to spend some time here.
“Valley of the Kings” is another name for this extraordinarily beautiful valley. It’s where royalty used to dwell and worship. The tsunami of 1946 wiped much of the ancient relics out but it still retains its feeling of majesty, mystery and unparalleled beauty.
You can experience the valley from a lookout, by horseback, on foot (4-wheel drive down required) or by hiking through the mountains.
Ahhh…. Who doesn’t like a good waterfall? Akaka Falls is without question one of the most popular on the island. It’s a roaring 442 feet from top to bottom but the clincher is the trail to get through. It is fairly short but winds through you through thick jungle, bamboo and over a small stream. It’s a memorable nature walk just unto itself! You won’t want to miss Akaka Falls and it’s fairly easy to get to.
The Kilauea Volcano is an active volcano that has been flowing continuously since 1983. It’s an attraction that sets the island apart from all the other islands. You have the ability to explore Hawaii Volcano National Park and past craters and lava tubes, although currently the lava has rebelled and decided to move outside of park boundaries. Or you can see the lava up close and person most of the time (not guaranteed) if you know where to go.
Punalu’u Black Sand Beach
When people think Hawaii they think of white or golden sand beaches. Imagine the surprise when you post on Facebook a picture with you on a ….Black Sand Beach? And we’re not talking light gray here. When the water washes through, it is charcoal black. Add to that this is a popular place for the giant sea turtles to feed and nap. It’s such a unique place that you won’t want to miss it.