The state of Hawaii is comprised of numerous islands, but the largest one is Hawaii, or the Big Island. Not only is the Big Island the largest of them all, it is also the southernmost island in the entire archipelago. This island contains slightly more than five thousand square miles and the world’s tallest mountain, Mauna Kea, is located there.
The Big Island was created from five different shield volcanoes, of which three are active, one is dormant, and one is extinct. Kohala is the one that no longer exists, while Mauna Kea has been dormant for quite some time. Out of the three active volcanoes, Hualalai, Mauna Loa, and Kilauea, the last one is the one that is currently causing issues on the island.
However, no one should let a pesky and dramatic volcano stop them from having a phenomenal time on this island!
There are so many things that visitors can do and see while on Big Island Hawaii, and there is a chance that some people will have such a difficult time deciding between them all, that they will leave before completing their massive to do list.
One of the first things that people should do when they arrive on the Big Island Hawaii is visit Akaka Falls State Park. This state park can be found in the Hilo region of the island, and people will find that the short hike is perfect, especially once they reach the two waterfalls. Those entering the footpath towards the left will find themselves in front of Akaka Falls before they realize it, and once they have basked in the magnificent spray from those free-falling falls, they will be ready to continue on towards Kahuna Falls. The second waterfall is not as breathtaking as the first, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t beautiful and amazing in its own way.
After experiencing the rushing water of the falls, visitors will be thrilled to continue on their journey towards Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park. This historical landmark is obviously full of history, but it also has intricate wood carvings, spectacular temples, and Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles. No one will be able to resist spending hours in this mesmerizing location, and many people will choose to venture out to the water at the nearby beaches to experience the phenomenal snorkeling adventures that can be found there.
The Big Island Hawaiihas numerous botanical gardens, and many of them can be found on the Hilo and Hamakua Coasts. The most popular botanical gardens include Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens, the Pana’ewa Rainforest Zoo and Botanical Gardens, and the Nani Mau Botanical Gardens. Of course, no one will want to miss the fragrant blooming orchids at the Akatsuka Orchid Gardens either.
Very few visitors realize that farmer’s markets can be found in multiple destinations around the Big Island Hawaii, but they are a popular destination at any time of the day. Savvy tourists will find a farmer’s market near where they are visiting and go there to eat a delicious breakfast and lunch, or they will find the markets that are nearby their destination for the day, so that they do not need to miss out on an extraordinary lunch or snack. The best part is that these farmer’s markets are excellent places to purchase souvenirs as well!
Sometimes the best view of the Big Island Hawaii can be seen from way up high, which is why many visitors will choose to take a helicopter tour. The hidden waterfalls, massive craters, and other unique areas always look better from the air. Plus, these tours allow everyone to see more in an hour or two than they could see in two weeks or more on the ground.
This is only a small portion of what everyone can do while they are spending time on the Big Island Hawaii, and there is plenty more adventures for people to choose from. Anyone that hasn’t been there yet will want to visit soon, as there are not many other places in the world that are as beautiful as this island.