Hamakua Coast – The Perfect Hawaii Vacation Experience
Your trip to Hawaii is not complete without visiting the Hamakua Coast. Some of the most magnificent views of the island can be seen in this area. Once the excitement of the Big Island has you ready to take a vacation from your vacation, rent a quaint bungalow along the coast and enjoy the tranquil environment and awe-inspiring sights.
Taking a drive around the islands of Hawaii is among most popular activities available. Among the top five tours is the Hamakua Coast Road trip. Enjoy the 45-mile drive along Highway 19 that takes you high up along the cliffs. You can gaze at the high mountain cliffs covered in greenery and the multitude of mountain streams tumbling down the cliffs.
On the drive from Hilo to Honoka’a, make time to go hiking down into Waipi’o Valley. The area is also known as the “Valley of the Kings” because it used to be political and religious center for the Ancient Hawaiians. The valley was once home to thousands of people; however, today only a handful remain. The road to get down into the valley is the steepest road on the islands. The road requires a 4-wheel drive vehicle to traverse the steep grade. Not sure why you would want to ride down though. Since it is among the top 5 hikes in Hawaii, the best way to get to Waipi’o Valley is to hike down. The trip down is rewarded with a beautiful black sand beach so take your swim suit. Even if you aren’t feeling up to the hike, you can absorb the breath-taking sites of Waipi’’o Valley and the Hamakua Coast from the strategically placed lookouts along Highway 19.
One hot spot to visit on the road trip is the Hawaiian Tropical Botanical Garden. It truly is a museum of living plants. It is home to over 2,000 rare and exotic plants. If your timing is right, you can go lava viewing at Kilauea Volcano. The eruptions have been continuous since 1983, making it one of the most active volcanos in the world. After all the hiking and wandering the Hawaiian countryside, rest in our beautiful Hamakua Coast vacation rentals.