Hawaii has a lot to offer those who love the outdoors. And when I say “Hawaii”, I’m talking about the Big Island. With its beautiful volcanoes, ocean views, tropical rainforest, lush valleys, and vibrant culture, it is truly a paradise.
If you’re looking for a place where you can explore the outdoors, enjoy the beach, visit waterfalls, climb mountains, snorkel in the ocean, hike to the top of volcanoes, and more, then you’ll love the Big Island.
In this blog post, I’m going to share some fun things to do on the Big Island. I’ll be covering several areas including Oahu, Kona, Hilo, and Mauna Kea.
Marvel at nature’s powers at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
One of the best things to do on the Big Island is to visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
This park is home to a series of active volcanoes, including Kilauea, Mauna Loa, and Mauna Kea. These volcanoes have created incredible vistas, and you can watch as they erupt and spew lava.
On a clear day, you can see almost all the way to the other side of the Pacific Ocean. There are over 400 species of plants, and they are all thriving thanks to the constant rainfall.
You can also see the famous Puna Geothermal Venture, which is the largest geothermal field in the world. This field uses “natural” heat from the earth to generate electricity.
If you visit the park during the day, you can take a short walk to the summit of Mauna Loa, and you’ll feel like you’ve gone to space. There are two observatories on the mountain. One of them is the highest elevation observatory in the United States.
Join a snorkeling tour in pristine Kealakekua Bay
When I think of Hawaii, I think of snorkeling. Hawaii is a perfect place for snorkeling because it is protected from the currents of the Pacific Ocean. Plus, the water is clear. So, it is easy to see coral reefs and sea turtles.
On this particular day, I joined a snorkeling tour to the island of Kauai. We boarded the boat and headed to Kealakekua Bay. Once we got there, we jumped into the crystal clear water and explored the reef. It was truly magical.
Afterward, we went back to the boat and headed to the other side of the bay. The view was just as stunning as the first side. So, we decided to head back and explore the other side.
The third time around, we found some sea turtles, a huge school of fish, and many more. We were so excited. And so was the captain.
Zoom through the rainforest with a zipline adventure
One of the most exhilarating things about the Big Island is the lush rainforest. If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, you’ll find it here.
There are several zipline adventures that are perfect for beginners and pros alike. In this post, I’ll be covering five of the best.
The first is the Kona Zipline Adventure. This is a 2.5-hour adventure that begins in the heart of Kailua-Kona. It’s the longest zipline in the state and the longest in the country.
The second is the Maui Zipline Adventure. This is a 2.5-hour adventure that starts in the town of Waikapu and ends on the gorgeous island of Maui.
The third is the Waiohiki Forest Zipline Adventure. This is a 1.5-hour adventure that starts in the town of Waiohiki and ends at the Waiohiki Beach Park.
The fourth is the Oahu Zipline Adventure. This is a 1.5-hour adventure that starts in the town of Waimalu and ends on the breathtaking island of Oahu.
The fifth is the Lava Tube Zipline Adventure. This is a 3.5-hour adventure that starts in the town of Volcano Village and ends on the volcano of Kilauea.
One of the best things to do on the Big Island is whale-watching. Whether you’re an avid whale watcher or just curious about how the ocean looks from the surface, this is a great activity.
The best time to go whale-watching is between December and May. However, if you want to go whale watching in the winter, you can do so on the weekends.
You can also go whale watching during the summer. But you’ll have to make reservations ahead of time. The whale watching season lasts for about two months.
Wine and dine on a romantic dinner cruise
If you are planning to spend a romantic evening on a cruise ship, there are plenty of things to do. You can go on a sunset cruise and enjoy the view of the islands while you sip a glass of wine.
I have sailed on many ships and this is by far the best ship to sail on. The food is delicious and the views are spectacular.
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Get up close and personal with manta rays on a night dive
I’ve always wanted to swim with manta rays. But after seeing what a night dive is like at a manta ray farm in Pohnpei, I can’t wait any longer.
Manta rays are amazing creatures. They are the largest fish in the world, measuring up to 60 feet long and weighing up to 20,000 pounds.
Manta rays feed on plankton, and they are attracted to light and noise. So when you swim with them, you can see them move and hear them eat.
I’m going to the Pacific Ocean at night to swim with manta rays, and you’re invited!