If you have never been to the Big Island of Hawaii, you are in for quite a surprise. You may have been to some of the other islands, but none of them have this much diversity. Not only are there places that you can go to beaches, snorkel, and even scuba dive, but there are climate zones that will take you into pasture lands, rain forests, and elevations of nearly 14,000 feet. What is amazing as you can go for a morning swim, drive a couple hours to play in the snow on top of Maunakea, and have lunch in Hilo by noon. Let’s go over some of the top reasons that you should consider visiting this tropical paradise, the largest of all of the Hawaiian Islands.
Incredible Beaches On All Sides
One of the main reasons that people visit the Hawaiian islands is to go to the beaches. There are incredible beaches on every side of the island. If you have landed in Kona, there are several that you absolutely must see. There is Kehalu’u Beach Park which has dark grey sand and excellent places to snorkel. There is also Kamakahonu (King Kam) Beach which is right in front of the King Kamehameha hotel. If you are looking for a beach with white sand, Mahai’ula Beach is the perfect place to relax and have fun, plus dive into the ocean to snorkel with beautiful fish and turtles.
Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
Another place that you need to visit is on the southern part of the island. It is the Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. You will likely heard that the Big Island is the one with the active volcano. This is where you can see this in action. It is the active Kīlauea volcano that is currently producing the most lava. You can go to Crater Rim Drive and see a literal lake of lava percolating off to the side. In addition to this, there are lava tubes, and a tropical rain forest that you can walk through for hours. It’s a beautiful location, one that you should see the next time you visit Hawaii.
These are just a few of the many places that you can go when you get to the Big Island. There are literally hundreds of destinations that would take you an entire year to see. At the very least, check out these beaches and the State Park with the active volcano, two of the more memorable aspects of this beautiful island in Hawaii.