Big Island of Hawaii Points of Interest and Places to Visit

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 803 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 296 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

Waipio Valley

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 132 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 291 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 223 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

Captain Cook Monument

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 119 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 101 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 65 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

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 10 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

Honokohau Harbor

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Steep drop-offs beckon just off Kona’s coast, the dominion of pelagic beasts—marlin and billfish some topping 1,000 lbs. Most journeys to catch one begin the ...  Read more

Kaumana Caves

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Created by lava flow from Mauna Loa in 1881, the Kaumana Caves are located near Hilo. Legend says Princess Ruth sat in front of the lava flow praying to the ...  Read more

Liliuokalani Gardens

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Stone bridges stretch across shallow brackish moats that flow through well manicured gardens with red pagodas and rock gardens by the sea. The 30-acre ...  Read more

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