Hawaii is home to some Incredible Vistas.
There are more than 250 miles of coast, black, white, and green sand beaches, many interesting towns as well as small cities. You will find lava fields, waterfalls, tropical rain forests, botanical gardens, incredible overlooks. and even a snow capped volcano! Take time to drive around the island or take an Island tour.
The Big Island is the largest of the island chain and encompasses 12 of the 13 climate zones zones. Most of the following areas can be seen as a day tour or if you are very adventures you can link several places and drive around the island. Please note though that this makes for a very long day and not suitable for young children. (Please see my suggestions for a day trip to Hilo.)
Some suggestions for Going North.
Wailoloa Resort Area.
A dry, sunny area set in a large black lava field. This is where you will find many of the larger resorts on the big Island. Most are near beaches. (But remember all Hawaii Beaches are open to the Public.)
Anaehoʻomalu, or A-Bay, is one of my favorite beaches.
There is usually ample parking and home to several canoe clubs. You will also see 2 of the ancient Hawaii fishponds.
There are several other great beaches along this part of the coast which I detail more in the beaches section.
The Kings and Queen Shops have several tourist shops. a food market, and a variety of restaurants There is a free Hula show at the queens shops. Take the time to walk along the petroglyph trail that is located near the King’s Shops gas station. or take a free guided tour Thursday through Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
I enjoy walking through the Hilton Hotel Garden area. It is beautifully landscaped and filled with interesting statues, and a Dolphin Bay.
Of course you will want to view the famous Waipio Valley Overlook.
It is stunning. You can also visit the valley but you will need a 4 wheel vehicle, take a jeep tour or walk the steep road to see the black sand beach there.
Another overlook worth considering is Pololu Valley on the north west side of the island. There is a manageable but steep trail to another black sand beach but don’t try to swim here as the surf is very rough.
Driving to the South:
Puʻuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park (See more information our Top 10 section)
A stop at the Punalu’u Black Sand Beach,
the largest and most accessible black sand beach on the Big Island (Located off Hwy 11 south of Volcanoes National Park between the towns of Pahala and Na’alehu) to see the turtles is always a highlight.
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Hilo Area (West Side of the Island)
There are so many things to see in the Hilo Area. This is where you will find Botanical Gardens, and Waterfalls. Allow at least a full day here.