Hawaii is a world-class adventure destination for people who love to travel, and it also ranks among the world’s most preferred honeymoon destinations. The tropical weather and the sunny, sandy beaches, plus an out-of-this-world landscape are some of the factors that attract people to its beautiful islands. Hawaii is a combination of many islands, but the largest — and some would say its best — is Hawaii’s Big Island. Here are some of the highlights of what you can expect on a vacation to the Big Island.
Hawaii’s Volcanoes National Park
Many people have never seen real lava. Hawaii’s Volcano National Park provides a once in a lifetime opportunity to see glowing lava flow directly from the islands depths and into the sea. The site has ancient rock carvings on the hardened lava that serves as part of the historical culture. Visiting the place involves hiking its rugged trails, passing by smoking craters and through tropical rain forest. There are particular limited spots people book in advance to spend time near the volcanic mountain.
Pu’uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
The place is a historic cultural centre with ancient temples and fascinating idols. The name of the site is translated to “the place of refuge,” a location that provided security to the people of the old Hawaii. The park sports many signs explaining its history, and also the Kapu system of government that was in place Hawaii long time ago. The area offers excellent snorkelling and marine-life viewing since it is the home of some of the rarest sea turtles.
Mauna Kea Stars Party
Everyone has probably watched the stars and marvelled at the beauty of the sky, but the Mauna Kea experience is life changing. Hawaiians hold the place sacred as it has some spiritual attachments in their history. Visitors come out with their telescopes to view the world’s most brilliant star viewing location. The best times are when the sun is setting, or the moon is rising.
Hapuna Beach is the place to visit for the ultimate beach experience. The half mile shoreline stretch features an alluring white sand beach. People come out to sunbathe and swim in the blue sea waters, but unlike some Hawaiian beaches, it never feels crowded. If you’re just looking for a place to just put up an umbrella and read a book or sleep in the open air, Hapuna is the place for it. It is also a favourite spot for surfers in the know, so visitors can be treated to a free show as surfers enjoy themselves. It is an ideal place for a family since it is safe enough for young children under supervision.
Merrie Monarch Festival
The festival involves the hula halau chants. It is one of the interesting things to do on Hawaii’s Big Island that involves spending the evening watching locals invoke the gods and demigods through very catchy songs and dance. The competition itself attracts scores of people from around the world, so be sure to book well in advance so as to not be disappointed. Booking one of the Big Island vacation rentals well in advance is also a good idea, especially if you’re planning on visiting during peak periods.
Manta Ray Night Dive
When lights are switched on at night, this dive location draws countless Pacific manta rays. The rays, which have a wing span of almost 10 feet, act like a javelin once a person dives. It is also a popular snorkelling site where most people visit since it is safe at night. It is advisable to carry a personal dive light that will help to illuminate the area where most of the marine life is.