7 Secret Treasures on the Big Island of Hawaii
The Hawaiian Islands have been a vacation destination for years. This tropical paradise offers a long list of must-see, must-do sights for any adventurous vacationer.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Take a little trip to Hawaii’s Volcanoes National Park to get up close and personal with one of the Island’s many active volcanoes. You’ll discover hiking trails that lead to ancient petroglyphs carved into the rock by the early residents of this island paradise.
If you book in advance you’ve got to take the weekly Secret Lava Tube Tour. There are only 12 vacancies for each weekly tour so book early for an experience you will never forget.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is just a short drive along Highway 11. Or, sign on with one of the many tour packages that even offer a luxurious, traditional Hawaiian dinner on a lava field just a few yards away from bubbling magma. The cost is just $10 a car, or $5 per person if you plan to hike to your destination on an active volcano. Ready to book that reservation? Excellent, the park is just a telephone call away at 808.964.1000.
The Underwater Wonders of Kealakekua Bay
Kealakekua Bay is considered by many to be the most beautiful place to get to know our underwater friends. Book a snorkeling adventure to see brightly-colored fish swimming all around you, or rent a catamaran and sail out to see the friendly spinner dolphins.
Located on the Island’s south shore, the historic Kealakekua Bay attracts diving and snorkeling enthusiasts from around the world. You can stay close to shore or head out to the open sea in your rented kayak. It’s a place like no other, and a must-see on your Big Island vacation.
Mauna Kea is a breath-taking location – the most sacred location according to Island lore. What makes Mauna Kea so spectacular?
With sunset, the darkened skies come alive with spectacular views for stargazing adventurers. Book a tour or strap on your backpack for a view of the skies like you’ve never seen before. Need more info? You can contact the information station directly at 808.961.2180 for tour suggestions or a map of hiking trails.
If you’re a hiker, plan to spend some time in this mystical, magical place. There’s no light pollution – just the glowing stars in Hawaii’s beautiful nighttime sky.
You’ve seen it in movies, but you haven’t seen nature’s full beauty until you discover Waipi’o Valley for yourself.
It’s an easy trek, or take a tour bus to the end of the line to see magnificent waterfalls, stallions running wild along the well-marked trails. If you’re an experienced rider, book a trail walk on an experienced equine to add more fun to your mind-blowing journey up the Waipi’o Valley.
Big Island Bees
Artist Garnett Puett became famous in New York City for his beehive sculptures, now on display at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden located in the Kailua-Kona district. There’s a beautiful museum free to the public, and convenient to get to.
Take one of the apiary’s tours Monday through Saturday leaving at 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM, weather permitting. Enjoy the tasting room where you’ll get a taste of raw, organic honey made by the bees in their Island hives. To book a beekeeping day of fun for the whole family call 808.328.1315 to reserve a spot and enjoy honey like a native.
Papakolea Beach’s green sand make it one of the most beautiful places on the planet. You can drive to this magical park or hike the trail system that leads you to the sea green beaches that make Papakolea Beach so special. Hikers note: hike time is approximately 1.5 hours along fairly level terrain. However, the sea breezes are strong along the coast so be prepared. Bring your sunscreen, and wear a hat to protect you from the beautiful Hawaiian skies. Also, if you’re hiking, bring enough water to keep yourself hydrated.
The Green Sand Beach is located near South Point in the Ka’u District on the island of Hawaii, and is open to the public. However, the Green Sand Beach is in a remote section of The Big Island so be prepared to back-pack some lunch for your trek.
Kona coffee is famous the world over for its reach, robust, nutty flavor.
Take a hike down the Kona trail and stop in at the coffee plantations along the way for a delicious fresh-brewed cup of Kona coffee as you take in the wondrous beauty that makes Hawaii a destination site for people around the world.
Stop in at Greenwell Farms (888.592.5662) to tour a real Kona coffee plantation and see how this taste treat is grown and prepared to deliver the best tasting coffee you’ve ever had.
Or, visit Mountain Thunder (808.325.2136) for a free tour, a VIP tour, and a fresh pick-me-up. From bean to brew, Mountain Thunder is pure paradise for any coffee lover.
There’s always plenty to see and do on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Hawaii Island Recovery
While exploring the beauty of Hawaii, you can also explore Hawaii Island Recovery, a full-service substance abuse treatment center that combines traditional and holistic therapies to treat substance abuse and unhealthy behaviors like gambling, or anorexia.
Are you ready for your next big adventure? Enjoy your life clean and sober when you book time at Hawaii Island Recovery. Enjoy the sights, focus on improving your health and your life, and discover the secrets of the beautiful island of Hawaii.