When most people think of Hawaii, they think of Waikiki on Oahu or the beaches of Maui. While these places are beautiful and rightfully hot tourist destinations, there is more to the Hawaiian islands than bustling beaches and honeymoon hotels. The Big Island is the largest and youngest island of this US island chain. Here are 5 reasons you’ll want to visit the Big Island:
- The Big Island is home to some amazing natural wonders. Mount Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, is just one of them. Many Big Island tours involve a trip to Volcanoes National Park to see the active lava of Mount Kilauea, hike through extinct lava tubes and put your toes into the black sand of the beaches. Another sight to see is the tallest sea mountain in the world. Maunakea rises to more than 33,000 feet. These eco-tourist sights will blow you away!
- Another eco-adventure to take is exploring Big Island waterfalls. Rainbow Falls is by far the most popular waterfall on the island. Plummeting from 80 feet, this waterfall cascades down over a cave and creates a beautiful mist below. This spot, according to ancient Hawaiian legend, is said to be the birthplace of Maui.
- If snorkeling is your thing, you’ll find great places to do this on the Big Island. Snorkeling and dolphin watching boat tours depart nearly every day. One of the best areas to go snorkeling is off the coast of the Kona District. A morning boat tour will take you and your travel companions to the best snorkeling spots and even serve breakfast.
- Of course, you can’t say Kona without instantly thinking of coffee. Tour a coffee plantation and pick up some bags to bring back to the continent as souvenirs. If you’re a coffee lover, you’ll find Kona coffee to be some of the best in the world. You can see how they grow the beans only on the Big Island!
- Finally, while the Big Island has all the eco-adventures you would want, you might also want to island hop. Hilo International Airport makes it easy to take a day trip to Oahu to see Pearl Harbor or to Maui to see Haleakala National Park. You can enjoy all the riches of the Big Island but still not miss out on other Hawaiian sights just by booking a day trip. It’s truly the best of both worlds.