Top 10 Hawaii Island Must Do’s
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Top 10 Hawaii Island Must Do’s

A shortlist of my all-time favourite things to do on Hawaii, the Big Island.

These must-do experiences are waiting for you on Hawaii Island, surprise package of the Hawaiian Islands.

01. Night swim with giant manta rays
02. Stargaze on the summit of Maunakea
03. Hike Hawaii’s active volcano fields
04. View centuries old petroglyphs
05. Take timeout in Hilo town
06. Taste Hawaii’s famous Kona coffee
07. Immerse yourself in mother nature
08. Try Hawaii Regional Cuisine
09. Helicopter over diverse landscapes
10. Soak up the sunny Kohala Coast


01. Night swim with giant manta rays

Jack's Diving Locker, Hawaii Island Must Dos<br>📷 @laurenbata

Jack’s Diving Locker, Hawaii Island Must Dos
📷 @laurenbata

Jump into the ocean at night for a surreal snorkel or scuba dive with hese gentle creatures, tour participants are given a torchlight to illuminate plankton and attract the mantas.

SEARCH ACTIVITY SHOP: Snorkelling; Scuba Diving

02. Stargaze on the summit of Maunakea

Mauna Kea, Hawaii Island Must Dos<br>📷 @hannah_fiveyears

Mauna Kea, Hawaii Island Must Dos
📷 @hannah_fiveyears

Don’t miss the opportunity to stargaze atop Hawaii’s tallest mountain at 14,000 ft (4200 m), arguably the best astronomical site on Earth due to low humidity, clear skies and a lack of light pollution.

SEARCH ACTIVITY SHOP: Mauna Kea Summit & Observatory

03. Hike Hawaii’s active volcano fields

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Island Must Dos<br>📷 @gabgelinas28

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Island Must Dos
📷 @gabgelinas28

Journey through lava fields, walk through underground lava tubes and witness the beauty of the flaming caldera of Kilauea in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

SEARCH ACTIVITY SHOP: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

04. View centuries old petroglyphs

Puako Beach, Hawaii Island Must Dos<br>📷 @elle_beezy

Puako Beach, Hawaii Island Must Dos
📷 @elle_beezy

Discover the well-preserved fields of petroglyphs created by Native Hawaiians. These etched shapes and designs in the hard pahoehoe lava are found all throughout the big island of Hawaii.

SEARCH ACTIVITY SHOP: Big Island of Hawaii Cultural Tours

05. Take timeout in Hilo town

Downtown Hilo, Hawaii Island<br>📷 @hilofineartcenter

Downtown Hilo, Hawaii Island
📷 @hilofineartcenter

Hilo is the largest settlement on Hawaii Island, yet it remains a small quaint town full of aloha. Wander the historic storefronts and array of interesting local shops.

SEARCH ACTIVITY SHOP: Hilo

06. Taste Hawaii’s famous Kona coffee

Hula Daddy Coffee Plantation, Hawaii Island Must Dos<br>📷 @crystalfoth

Hula Daddy Coffee Plantation, Hawaii Island Must Dos
📷 @crystalfoth

Where better to enjoy a hot cup of Kona coffee than fresh from where it’s cultivated, at a working coffee farm on the slopes of the Hualalai or Mauna Loa mountains.

SEARCH ACTIVITY SHOP: Coffee Plantation; Kona Coffee Adventure Bike Tour

07. Immerse yourself in mother nature

Akaka Falls, Hawaii Island Must Dos<br>📷 @hawaiiadmirer

Akaka Falls, Hawaii Island Must Dos
📷 @hawaiiadmirer

Lush tropical foliage, scenic vantage points and two cascading waterfalls await your discovery on a self-guided trek through the natural beauty of Akaka Falls State Park.

SEARCH ACTIVITY SHOP: Akaka Falls State Park

08. Try Hawaii Regional Cuisine

Merriman's Waimea, Hawaii Island Must Dos<br>📷 @alohamemorabiliaco

Merriman’s Waimea, Hawaii Island Must Dos
📷 @alohamemorabiliaco

Dine on Hawaii’s island ingredients including cattle raised on the upland pastures, fresh local seafood and fruits and vegetables grown in rich volcanic soil at a farm-to-table restaurant.

SEARCH ACTIVITY SHOP: Food, Wine & Nightlife

09. Helicopter over diverse landscapes

Kona, Hawaii Island Must Dos<br>📷 @hawaiiadmirer

Kona, Hawaii Island Must Dos
📷 @hawaiiadmirer

With 11 climate zones concentrated on Hawaii, the Big Island, it’s one of the most ecological diverse places in the world and a wonderful destination to examine from the air.

SEARCH ACTIVITY SHOP: Helicopter Tours

10. Soak up the sunny Kohala Coast

Kaunaoa Bay, Hawaii Island Must Dos<br>📷 @hawaiiadmirer

Kaunaoa Bay, Hawaii Island Must Dos
📷 @hawaiiadmirer

For those seeking a traditional sun, sand and surf experience, the southern end of the Kohala Coast is dotted with the islands finest white sand beaches.

 

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