The Big Island is the youngest and the largest island of Hawaii. With its endless coastline, incredible landscapes, stunning waterfalls, dense rainforests and luxurious Big Island home rentals, this is one of the best places to experience the luxurious and laidback Hawaiian life. From white sand beaches to black, even green sand beaches, from erupting volcanos to beautiful hiking trails, there are a lot of things which will make your trip to the Big Island a truly memorable experience. You can spend a relaxing day on the beaches, take part in the numerous watersports, party at the beach and most importantly, do these top five things while you are in Big Island, to turn your trip to Hawaii into a memorable journey.
1. Visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Going on a trip to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is probably the most famous and the most scenic activity which you can do when you are in Big Island. Walking on miles after miles of hiking trails through the smoking craters will be an experience which you will never be able to forget. You should try to go for the weekly Secret Lava Tube Tour, to discover one of the twelve coveted spots of the park. The glowing lava lake, the secluded beaches lined with palm trees, the ancient petroglyphs turn the landscape into an almost surreal one, which makes it one of the must-visit places in Big Island.
2. Stargaze at Mauna Kea Peak
The Mauna Kea is a dormant volcano, and its peak is the highest point in the state of Hawaii. The air is fresh and rarefied, and the view of the sky is uninhibited and clear. Reach the peak before sunset, so as the sun goes down and the sky grows darker, you can experience the magical view of the millions of stars starting to uncover themselves in front of your eyes. Keep your eyes stuck to a telescope if you want to get to know the stars better. This spot offers the clearest stargazing in the whole world, and apart from that, the view of the sunrise, as well as the moonrise, is unforgettable.
3. Experience the View of Waipi’o Valley
The Waipi’o Valley is home to many legends, and the view of the valley from the viewpoint is truly incredible. However, for the true explorers, only the distant view will not be enough. With its waterfalls, wild horses and pristine black sand beach, this place invites you to explore the area from much closer. You can go hiking through the trails, or take a horseback or a mule-wagon to reach the valley. The Muliwai Trail switchbacks offer the best views of the valley.
4. See the Green Sand at Papakolea Beach
With only four green sand beaches present in the whole world, visiting the Papakolea Beach is one of the most unique things that you will do in your lifetime. This extremely unique beach comprises of sand which is not golden, white or even black. In fact, the sand that you encounter at this beach is green. Situated in a dry, barren landscape, the green coloured beach with its turquoise blue waters create a breathtaking view. Reaching the beach is not easy, as you have to go for a pretty long hike before you can experience this beautiful place, but the sheer uniqueness makes it a must visit attraction in Big Island.