The Big Island, HI

Alien lava fields, grand resorts with open-air lobbies, black sand beaches, lush gardens, and lava tubes.

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Pu'uhonau o Honaunau Place of Refuge

Tranquil pale green waters and palms, and an ancient Hawaiian place of refuge.

Mauna Kea Hotel Beach, Kohala Coast

Wonderful place to swim by day, and to watch manta rays by night!

Lilioukalani Gardens, Hilo

Green, green gardens with Japanese bridges and ponds, and views of silvery Hilo Bay and Mauna Kea.

Mauna Loa Volcano Viewing

It's wonderful to see the plume, or line of glowing lava from the Mauna Loa eruption!

Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve & Garden

Lush botanical garden with ocean views, waterfall, tropical flowers, huge trees, and paved path.

Drive up Hamakua Coast from Hilo

Stunning scenery, with many great stops, on this one hour drive.

Onomea Bay Trail, Four Mile Scenic Route

Beautiful hike above the ocean with waves crashing below.

Lava Flow at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When it's flowing, the most unusual and wonderful sight you may see in your life! Red lava flowing into the ocean. When it's not flowing, there's still a lot to see!

Kona town and restaurants

Lovely main strip along the crystal clear water, backed by high mountains, with historic buildings, oceanfront casual restaurant, and touristy shops.

Anuenue Playground, Waimea Park

Amazing playground with everything a kid could want, plus gorgeous views of green hills.

Papa'aloa Country Store and Cafe, Hamakua Coast

Breezy windows with ocean view, and live music!

Lapahoehoe Beach Park, Hamakua Coast

Rocky beach park with so much atmosphere.

Akaka Falls State Park, Hamakua Coast

One of the nicest spots on the island!

Honoli'i Beach Park, Hilo

Beautiful headland, tropical vegetation, and popular surfbreak.

Lava Tree State Park

Giant monkeypod trees, lush rainforest, and tall black tree stumps where lava once flowed.

Pololu Valley Lookout

Stunning black sand beach below steep cliffs covered in lush rainforest.

Driving choices: roads to cross the island

There are three choices in roads to get across the island.

Ala Kahakai Coastline Trail, Kohala

Lovely trail along the lava rock Kohala coast, up above the ocean!

Waialea Beach (Beach 69), Kohala Coast

A swim you've always dreamed of!

Waimea town

Waimea town has misty green hills, two adorable churches, a wooden playground with gorgeous views, and lovely countryside drives.

Waipio Valley Lookout

Stunning views of coastline and cliffs.

Grand Naniloa Hotel and Banyan Drive Cafes, Hilo

Nice place to stroll around and eat a meal.

Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort, Kohala Coast

Luxurious resort with dolphins in a lagoon.

Coconut Island, Hilo

Beautiful little park on an island with a white pedestrian bridge.

Richardson Ocean Park Black Sand Beach, Hilo

A tiny black sand beach, emerald green springs, grassy knolls, a lifeguard, and warm-water swimming or body boarding.

Punalu'u Black Sand Beach

Beautiful black sand beach!

Saint Peter by the Sea Mission, Kona

A cute wooden church perfectly matched to the blue-green sea.

Kahalu'u Beach, Kona

A sheltered but rundown city beach with warm clear water and magical snorkeling!

Rainbow Falls, Hilo

Beautiful spot with waterfall, flowers, and forest with amazing tree roots.

Wai'olena Beach Park, Hilo

A rocky area with three oceanview picnic pavilions where people swim in the spring-fed pond.

Pahoa town and surrounds

A hippy town with cafes, a lava museum, a black sand beach, and a Sunday farmer's market full of exotic fruits.

Kaumana Caves Lava Tube, Hilo

Beautiful lava tube with lush foliage. Bring mosquito repellent or you will pay! Bring flashlight!

University Heights Park, Hilo

Park at the top of town, with greenest grass and little hill to run up.

Hilo town and farmer's market

Unattractive downtown with gorgeous places nearby.

Queens' Marketplace and Kings' Shops, Kohala Coast

Nice outdoor mall with cafes, live music, and shops.

Hapuna Beach State Park, Kohala Coast

Vibrant turquoise water, some shade by the rocks in the morning, and fairly big waves.

Waimea Nature Park, Waimea

A small park with picnic gazebos. A stream and trail runs through it, and kids like to chase the chickens.

Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo, Hilo

Beautiful vegetation and flowers. Some of the animals seem happy.

South Point Cliff Dive

Barren, exposed, windy area where people jump off cliff and then climb a rusty, windwhipped ladder back up.

Reed's Bay Beach Park, Hilo

Boats and kayaks in the water, while local families have big gatherings on the grass.

Boiling Pots Lookout, Hilo

Lookout at a distant waterfall and turbulent river, from a nice neighborhood.

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