Stunning Sunsets From Your Pool Deck On The Big Island
Hawai’i Island, otherwise known as the Big Island, is an amazing place filled with contrasting landscapes and diverse cultures. From the rainforest on the East side of the island to the beautiful, white sand beaches of the Kona coast, where you can stay in Kona Coast vacation rentals, there is so much to do on the Big Island you may have to stay longer than you planned.
Kona is the perfect place for a tropical vacation. The water is perfectly blue and warm and the sand is pristine. The downtown area has shops and eateries mixed with just enough history of the island to make it educational too. In Kona, the ability to snorkel, paddleboard, swim or surf is never far away. Right in the downtown area, you can hop into the water and see the most amazing reef fish, or rent a car and drive around the island a bit to any one of the many beaches.
Hapuna Beach is the quintessential Hawaiian beach, complete with white sand and great surf. But just around the corner is Waialea Beach, known locally as Beach 69, where the water is a bit calmer and the trees provide ample shade.
Explore the amazing lava fields and volcanoes of the Big Island by taking your car around the south side of the island up to Volcano National Park. Here, the world’s most active volcano, Kiluaea is constantly venting. Sometimes you can even see the lava lake from the center. But don’t worry. Kiluaea is a shield volcano, meaning it just bubbles up from time to time, it isn’t explosive. The stark landscape of the fresher lava fields as the move up into the Ohia forest is an amazing contrast too exciting to miss while you’re on the Big Island. Bring a jacket though, because compared to the hotter temperatures of the Kona Coast, the volcano can be downright chilly.
From horseback riding in the Waipi’o Valley to a hike through a lava tube, there is really nothing you can’t try on the Big Island. Everyday, somewhere on the island, is an open air farmers market filled with the most amazing fruits and vegetables. A trip to the Hamakua coast brings not just Macadamia nuts, but a sense of how big the island really is.
Take your time to explore downtown Hilo, on the rainier side of the island. Hilo is the second biggest city in Hawaii, but it’s small town, historic feel gives you a glimpse of what Hawaii is really like.