Big Island of Hawaii Points of Interest and Places to Visit

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 785 Reviews

When you stand in front of spouting lava at Kilauea volcano, or marvel at steam as it rises from vents in Halemaumau Crater, it's easy to see that Hawaii ...  Read more

Mauna Kea Summit & Observatory

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 291 Reviews

Visiting the Mauna Kea Summit and Observatories gives you the feeling of being on top of the world for good reason: You’re actually pretty close. Standing ...  Read more

Waipi'o Valley

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 122 Reviews

Forming a deep natural amphitheater, washed by the sea and waterfalls, the Big Island’s Waipi'o Valley is a natural wonderland of flowering rainforest and ...  Read more

Hilo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Hilo might be the Big Island’s largest settlement but it’s a laid back coastal place, with some classic old buildings and wooden storefronts. The town is on ...  Read more

Kona (Kailua-Kona)

4.5 star rating: Recommended 312 Reviews

Kailua-Kona, the largest town on the Big Island of Hawaii, is the epicenter of activities and tours on the Kona Coast—part of the island’s western (leeward) ...  Read more

Kealakekua Bay

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 218 Reviews

For some of the best snorkeling on the Big Island, visit the protected waters of Kealakekua Bay. This remote area is also popular with hikers, who might ...  Read more

Parker Ranch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 194 Reviews

It’s fair to say that when most visitors think about Hawaii, cattle ranching isn’t the first thought that comes to mind.  Believe it or not, however, ...  Read more

Captain Cook Monument

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 117 Reviews

British explorer Captain James Cook met his death at Kealakekua Bay on February 14, 1779 perhaps due to a misunderstanding over the use of a boat. Today, ...  Read more

Kohala

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 100 Reviews

Formed by a 5,400-foot volcano, Kohala is dominated by lush valleys, laid-back plantation towns, verdant pastures and ancient Hawaiian religious sites. The ...  Read more

Banyan Drive

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 62 Reviews

Set back a block from Hilo’s coastline are scores of towering and sprawling banyan trees with their thick and unique trunks. Similar trees can be found ...  Read more

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 29 Reviews

At the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, terms like “lava lake” “vog” and “fissure eruption” are just part of the daily ...  Read more

Honaunau Bay

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 24 Reviews

In ancient times, Honaunau Bay was a safe haven where Hawaiians could escape persecution. The adjoining National Historic Park tells the story of this City of ...  Read more

Akaka Falls

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

When you first set eyes on Akaka Falls you can be forgiven if your heart skips a beat. After all, the beauty of this 422 ft. waterfall has been known to catch ...  Read more

Hamakua Coast

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

Curvy, cozy and impossibly green, the Hamakua Coast is a verdant time portal on the Big Island’s northeastern side. Often referred to as the “Hamakua Heritage ...  Read more

Mauna Loa

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

The world’s most massive volcano doesn’t tower over Hawaii Island like you might expect. Instead, its giant three-pronged fingers take up most of the southern ...  Read more

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