A Comprehensive Guide To Vacations Hawaii
Vacations Hawaii is among the best things that can happen in your life. Hawaii, also known as the ‘big island’ is the largest of all islands which form the state of Hawaii. With its pristine sandy beaches, crystal clear water, tropical rainforests and exotic flora and fauna, it is a place of unimaginable natural beauty. You can easily laze around sun-bathing on the beaches or get going with a bit of adventure with beach parties, hiking, go jet skiing or simply underwater diving. Anyway, you will be certainly mesmerized at what’s in store. The Big Island houses 8 of the 13 climatic zones found on earth offering a wide array of diversification starting with hardened lava deserts, snow peaked mountains, rainforests, diverse nature, and the coastline beaches with anything from golden, white, black and even salt and pepper colored dunes.
Learn the best that is in store when planning a tour to Hawaii islands - from the best beaches, to some of the best things to do, best places to stay and the best places to experience the vivid nature.
Best Things to do in Hawaii
Hapuna Beach ParkSource: steindezine via Instagram
Hapuna Beach Park is one of the best places in the world to visit. This is one of the few white sandy beaches on the Western coast of Hawaii. It is one of the finest beaches in store and is a great place to go surfing as the waves are pretty high. The beach is within a park with a part of a hiking trail running through it. It includes a number of facilities such as camping areas, parking, restrooms and showers. It is the most popular beach and an absolute must in your vacations Hawaii list.
Green Sands BeachSource: tay3r via Instagram
One of only four sand beaches in the world and the only one on Hawaii islands, it gets the color from the miniscule olivine pieces created by a volcano that lay scattered in the sand. The beach is within what was a cinder cone before, and it is surrounded by it on the three sides.
Punalu’u BeachSource: camilastorchi via Instagram
Also known as the Black Sands beach, as its sand has been made by the lava which flowed into the ocean and cooled down to form this charry black color. Swimming here can be dangerous at times but you can still visit the place to see green turtles, hawksbill turtles and monk seals around the beach.
Akaka Falls State ParkSource: likamaiaphotography via Instagram
This Park offers short hiking routes and is also home to the Akaka Falls which is 130 meters tall. Hiking is pretty easy with more or less constant elevation which makes it easy for children to hike as well with the total hike to be around 30. It makes it unmissable.
Hawai’i Volcanoes National ParkSource: Frans Lanting Photography
Absolutely unmissable in your vacations Hawaii list, the park encompasses through two active volcanoes Kilauea and Mauna Loa. Mount Kilauea has been spewing molten lava since 1983, which is increasing the land mass at the southern region, with more than 500 acres of land added since it started erupting. Mauna Loa is the second largest volcano on earth which may not be quite as active as Kilauea, but it offers a chance to see rare flora and fauna. If you are here for just one day, the best option is the three-hour hiking trip along Crater Rim Drive. Enjoy dramatic views of the volcanic landscape and snap away, but don’t get too close.
Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical ParkSource: bo_malia via Instagram
Pu’uhonua translates as a ‘place of refuge.’ It is the place where the locals used to flee to in the past to avoid punishment and be absolved there by priests. It includes a number of archaeological sites such as temples, the most famous being the Hale o Keawe Temple, fishponds and coastal village sites. Get a guided tour or visit the museum within the park for more detailed insights.
Waipio ValleySource: dexxus via Flickr
This place is historically significant as it was the residence of many Hawaiian kings in the past. Soak in the natural beauty with a challenging hike or on a van tour along the steep inclined road. The valley is one-mile wide and five miles deep with several waterfalls which fall into the valley and is considered as the ‘Garden of Eden’ which is surrounded by cliffs reaching heights up to 2000 ft. Enjoy the stunning panoramic views with the best in store from a special overlook point on the southern side. There is also a black sand beach, not so good for swimming but is popular among surfers.
Kealakekua BaySource: amykjohnston12 via Instagram
Located on the Kona coast, the place is rich in history with a number of religious temples and is also the place where Capt. James Cook, the first traveler from Europe set foot on. And it is also the place where he was killed two weeks later. It is now a popular destination for snorkeling, scuba diving and kayaking. You can see turtles, fishes and dolphins hovering around in the calm and crystal clear water. And you can always visit the Cook monument which is about an hour’s hike long or cross the bay on a boat.
Points to be noted before you travel to Hawaii
The best time to visit Hawaii is in between September and October. Rates are pretty low just after the family vacations and there isn’t much risk of heavy rain. You can also visit in December when it’s cold out in your country, and can get rooms at reasonable prices on the Big Island. Temperature is pretty constant throughout the year, somewhere between 75 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. The best way to explore is via Car.Source: likamaiaphotography via Instagram
If luxurious stay isn’t what you’re looking for, stay in the Hilo region as you can cook for yourself at backpacking lodges after picking groceries up from the Hilo farmers market. It is a great way to save money which you can spend on better things while you explore Hawaii.
Be respectful to the locals and do not address them as natives as they are Americans as well, and Hawaii is a state and not a separate country.
Cuisine in storeSource: bakeryandtable via Instagram
A large variety of fusion food is available, which is the perfect blend of regional and favorites of American cuisine. Authentic cuisine is also available, with fresh seafood, which is an absolute must in most of the dishes.
Best dining options are available around the Kohala coast, but more budget friendly options can be found in the Hilo region.