ALOHA! Big Island Hawaii

Sharon Sobel

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It might seem far but Hawaii is definitely a place worth visiting! Its hard to get all the islands in at once, so if you only have a week or so go and check out the Big Island - it has so much to offer!

Roadside Lava Tube

Kona, HI, United States

While on our drive north from the Kona airport we stumbled across this roadside lava tube - keep an eye out! These are big hollow caves in the ground from when the volcano in the distance was once active. The lava once flowed through these giant tubes in the ground and now you can explore them yourself.

Hilton Waikoloa Village

Hilton Waikoloa Village, Waikoloa Beach Drive, Waikoloa Village, HI, United States

We stayed the week at the Hilton Waikoloa Village and this resort was awesome. We enjoyed the multiple restaurants, pools and areas the hotel had to offer (its huge!). However, we felt that this was more of a family friendly resort so if you're looking for something a little more of a "hip" vibe this might not be the place for you. Many beaches in Hawaii are not sandy, they are volcanic rock, so staying at the Hilton was extremely convenient to get to those nice sandy beaches in the area. Also note, the big island is massive so staying in one place and trying to get everything in is going to require lots of driving, so perhaps look into staying at multiple hotels. Keep an eye out for the sea turtles and humpback whales!

Hapuna Beach

Hapuna Beach State Park, Old Puako Road, Waimea, HI, United States

Hapuna beach was absolutely gorgeous (enough said by the picture)! This beach is well worth checking out and a short drive from our hotel. The crystal clear water would bring me back in a heart beat!

Pololu Valley Hike

Pololū Valley, Hawaii County, HI, United States

There is a some great hiking on the northern part of the island. The landscape changes from the western beaches to a mountainous forest (I felt like I was in Jurasic Park lol). We chose to do the Pololu Valley Hike because it was one of the shorter ones. But don't let it fool you, it was still a workout! Some of the hikes in the nearby Waipio Valley are also worth checking out and you should keep an eye out for the wild horses.

Anaehoomalu Bay

Anaehoomalu Bay, Puako, HI, United States

If you hit up Anaehoomalu Bay in the morning you will get some great snorkeling in (they have a shack where you can rent the equipment). The water here is calm and there are lounge chairs you can sit on. It is also nice because it is walking distance from the Hilton that we stayed at or a quick drive. This beach was also great because there was a restaurant there that I highly recommend eating at - we went twice!

Snorkeling Captain Cook Monument

Captain James Cook Monument, Captain Cook, HI, United States

This was the most amazing snorkeling I have ever done in my life and some of the best in Hawaii so it should be a must on your list! So many fish :) We went through a tour group that took us on a large boat and provided the equipment. You can also arrive by kayak but it is a long paddle in some open water and there is no where to really pull your kayak up while you swim. You can also hike down but since it is a protected area they have a policy that if you arrive by land you stay on land (no swimming), and if you arrive by water you stay in the water (no walking around), so that people aren't destroying the natural landscape.

KPC - Kamuela Provision Company

Kamuela Provision Company, Waikoloa Beach Drive, Waikoloa Village, HI, United States

Yummmmm! This restaurant was the best at our resort and requires a reservation. On the fancier side but the food is well worth it!

 

Roadside Lava Tube

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Kona, HI
While on our drive north from the Kona airport we stumbled across this roadside lava tube - keep an eye out! These are big hollow caves in the ground from when the volcano in the distance was once active. The lava once flowed through these giant tubes in the ground and now you can explore them yourself.
 

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Hilton Waikoloa Village

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Hilton Waikoloa Village, Waikoloa Beach Drive
We stayed the week at the Hilton Waikoloa Village and this resort was awesome. We enjoyed the multiple restaurants, pools and areas the hotel had to offer (its huge!). However, we felt that this was more of a family friendly resort so if you're looking for something a little more of a "hip" vibe this might not be the place for you. Many beaches in Hawaii are not sandy, they are volcanic rock, so staying at the Hilton was extremely convenient to get to those nice sandy beaches in the area. Also note, the big island is massive so staying in one place and trying to get everything in is going to require lots of driving, so perhaps look into staying at multiple hotels. Keep an eye out for the sea turtles and humpback whales!
 

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Hapuna Beach

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Hapuna Beach State Park, Old Puako Road
Hapuna beach was absolutely gorgeous (enough said by the picture)! This beach is well worth checking out and a short drive from our hotel. The crystal clear water would bring me back in a heart beat!
 

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Pololu Valley Hike

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Pololū Valley, Hawaii County
There is a some great hiking on the northern part of the island. The landscape changes from the western beaches to a mountainous forest (I felt like I was in Jurasic Park lol). We chose to do the Pololu Valley Hike because it was one of the shorter ones. But don't let it fool you, it was still a workout! Some of the hikes in the nearby Waipio Valley are also worth checking out and you should keep an eye out for the wild horses.
 

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Anaehoomalu Bay

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Anaehoomalu Bay, Puako
If you hit up Anaehoomalu Bay in the morning you will get some great snorkeling in (they have a shack where you can rent the equipment). The water here is calm and there are lounge chairs you can sit on. It is also nice because it is walking distance from the Hilton that we stayed at or a quick drive. This beach was also great because there was a restaurant there that I highly recommend eating at - we went twice!
 

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Snorkeling Captain Cook Monument

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Captain James Cook Monument, Captain Cook
This was the most amazing snorkeling I have ever done in my life and some of the best in Hawaii so it should be a must on your list! So many fish :) We went through a tour group that took us on a large boat and provided the equipment. You can also arrive by kayak but it is a long paddle in some open water and there is no where to really pull your kayak up while you swim. You can also hike down but since it is a protected area they have a policy that if you arrive by land you stay on land (no swimming), and if you arrive by water you stay in the water (no walking around), so that people aren't destroying the natural landscape.
 

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KPC - Kamuela Provision Company

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Kamuela Provision Company, Waikoloa Beach Drive
Yummmmm! This restaurant was the best at our resort and requires a reservation. On the fancier side but the food is well worth it!
 

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