Hawaiis Big Island during the Summer Season

When one hears about someone going to Hawaii, they often think of Oahu or Maui which are the two main islands visited by most tourists. Oahu is viewed as having the most things to do for families and Maui is known for being a little more private for couples. However, there is one island that is often overlooked but has just as much to do and is just as pretty as the other Hawaiian Islands. The Big Island of Hawaii is one of the most exhilarating places to see. The Big Island is big and still growing due to the active volcanoes, 3 to be exact. It has eleven different climate zones which generate everything from beautiful rain forests to arid deserts, black sand beaches to snow capped mountains. There is plenty to do for people of all ages, and is definitely worth seeing on your next trip to Hawaii. And if you travel to the Big Island in August, remember to go to the beaches at nighttime to view the stingrays is action which is a site you will never forget.

Below you will find a list of the top 5 things to do on your summer trip to the Big Island of Hawaii.

1. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Kilauea) is Hawaii’s number one visitor attraction. This park on the Big Island of Hawaii is 377 square miles of a living museum where one can witness the power of Hawaii’s volcanoes up close and personal. You’ll feel the power here as you hike along rocky trails and bare deserts that in time will thrive with new life. This is a once in a lifetime chance to safely explore one of the world’s most active volcanoes.

2. Mauna Kea is the tallest sea mountain in the world and is located in the central part of the Big Island of Hawaii. This is a dormant volcano that last erupted about 4000 years ago. It stands 13,796 feet above sea level and over 33,000 feet from the ocean floor. Since this mountain is so high, it does get snow which is perfect for the experienced skier. Casual skiers are not recommended on this mountain.

Because of its combination of high altitude, clear air, and absence of light, Mauna Kea is the perfect place for stargazing. Take a guided tour of this mountain and be prepared to be amazed. Remember to dress for winter and bring your camera when visitng. Also, due to the high altitude, very young children aren’t recommended.

3. Waipio Valley is a place of dramatic tropical beauty. One can immerse themselves in Hawaiian history and culture when visiting. This valley is surrounded by cliffs up to 2,000 feet high and is home to the Big Islands tallest waterfall which cascades down 1,300 feet. There is an overlook point where you can view this Valley or you can take a guided tour by van, hike or horseback to explore all of its hidden wonders.

4. Hilo is the Big Islands main tourist town which overlooks the beautiful Hilo Bay. The old wooden stores house surprisingly sophisticated galleries, shops, restaurants and cultural sites which you can explore on foot. The main places to visit in Hilo are:

a. Hilo Farmer’s Market for fresh fruit, flowers, and local crafts.

b. Hilo Art Galleries for local art

c. Palace Theater which was built in 1925

d. Pacific Tsunami Museum where you can learn about Hilo’s tsunami encounters

e. East Hawaii Cultural Center which is the central hub of Hilo’s arts scene

5. Of course you will want to visit the beaches for your fun in the sun days. There are many to pick from, and you won’t be disappointed by any of them. Check with your hotel for the ones closest to you if you’re not staying in a beachfront hotel.

The above activities will be enjoyed by people of all ages, but there are a couple of things geared more for the kids. You will find them below.

1. Samuel Spencer Beach Park is one of the most popular beaches on the Big Island of Hawaii for families due to the large sandy beach, shaded grassy areas, and public facilities. It also has barbecue grills and tables for you to enjoy. The beach is protected by a reef which, on most days, allows for calm swimming and snorkeling.

2. In Waimea you will find the Parker Ranch Center and Museum where you will learn about Hawaiian cowboys and take a wagon ride which is sure to be a hit with the kids.

The things mentioned above are only a glimpse of what there is to offer on the Big Island of Hawaii. Summer is the best time to visit. The Big Island of Hawaii has plenty to do and see and is less chaotic then the other Hawaiian Islands. So why not book your trip today and experience the Aloha Spirit the Big Island of Hawaii has to offer.