Big Island

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Big Island - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Halemaumau Crater

    For Native Hawaiians, Halemaumau Crater is the sacred home of Pele, the fire goddess; for scientists at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, this mighty pit crater...Read More

  • 2. Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve & Garden

    Stunning coastline views appear around each curve of the 4-mile scenic jungle drive that accesses this privately owned nature preserve next to Onomea Bay. Paved...Read More

  • 3. Devastation Trail

    A paved pathway takes visitors across a barren lavascape strewn with chunky cinders that descended from towering lava fountains during the 1959 eruption of nearby...Read More

  • 4. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: Kahuku Unit

    Located off Highway 11 at mile marker 70.5, the Kahuku section of the park takes visitors over many trails through ancient lava flows and native...Read More

  • 5. Honolii Beach Park

    One of the most consistent places on the east side to catch a wave, Honolii is popular with the local surf crowd. The beach is...Read More

  • 6. Lava Tree State Monument

    Tree molds that rise like blackened smokestacks formed here in 1790, when a lava flow swept through the ohia forest. Some reach as high as...Read More

  • 7. Onekahakaha Beach Park

    Shallow, rock-wall-enclosed tide pools and an adjacent grassy picnic area make this park a favorite among Hilo families with small children. The protected pools are...Read More

  • 8. Papakolea Beach

    Those tired of the same old white- or black-sand beach can lace up good hiking shoes or sneakers to get to this olive-green crescent, one...Read More

  • 9. Rainbow Falls

    After a hard rain, these impressive falls thunder into the Wailuku River gorge, often creating magical rainbows in the mist. Rainbow Falls, sometimes known as...Read More

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  • 10. Richardson Ocean Park and Leleiwi Beach Park

    Just east of Hilo, almost at the end of the road, is one of the best snorkeling sites on this side of the island, as...Read More

  • 11. Steam Vents and Sulphur Banks

    A short walk from the Kilauea Visitor Center leads to the pungent yet fascinating Sulphur Banks, where gases composed of hydrogen sulfide produce a smell...Read More

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