With more and more of our clients coming to us for a repeat visit to Hawaii, My Vacation Lady is seeing a surge in the interest in the Big Island. The Big Island is really just “Hawaii” but since so many people got confused, it’s commonly known as the Big Island. And big it is. As the largest of the Hawaiian islands, there is so much to see and do that you literally can spend your entire vacation just on the island of Hawaii- which some of my clients are doing in 2017.
Between Volcanoes National Park, star gazing at Mauna Kea, snorkeling off most of the beaches, walking along paths to see petroglyphs, checking out green and black sand beaches, seeing huge sea turtles lounging on the sand and checking out some coffee plantations, you can do something different every day and still not run out of things to do.
Everything I mentioned is very inexpensive and you can do on your own. You don’t need to to take tour unless you prefer not to drive yourself.
Here is a list of some of the FREE things to see and do in the Big Island:
- Visit Mauan Kea’s Visitor’s Center- for a free stargazing program- every evening!
- Visit Wailuku River State Park (just outside of Hilo) to see Rainbow Falls. It’s just a short walk from the parking lot and if you’re lucky, you’ll see the rainbows formed in the surrounding mist.
- Visit Akaka Falls State Park (less than 15 miles north of Hilo)- great stop on your way from your hotel in or near Volcanoes National Park to your hotel on the Kona side.
- Ka Lae– also known as South Point, is actually the southern most part of Hawaii AND the southern most part of the USA
- Kalapana Lava Viewing area (at the end of Hwy 130 in the Puna district) you’ll get a great view of lava rolling into the ocean. While conditions change daily, this will still be a safe area to see the steam or lava flow.
My Vacation Lady is a Hawaii Destination Specialist and we LOVE the Hawaiian Islands.
It may be pricey go get to Hawaii but once you’re there, we have tons of info on what you can see, do and experiences for free or almost free. Contact us to help plan your honeymoon to Hawaii or vacation to Hawaii!