Big Island Vacation Guide

Planning a trip to Hawaii, or more specifically, are you thinking of putting together one of those Big Island vacations? Being the largest of the Hawaiian Isles, there is certainly no shortage of things to do with all the beaches, trails, forests and volcanoes scattered throughout the terrain.

If you are looking for some of the best vacation experiences, then you have come to the right palace. Below we have put together details on some of the more popular Big Island experiences that feature in a number of packages.

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The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is said to rival Yellowstone! Filled with all sorts of volcanic wonders including the Halemaumau Crater, the Thurston Lava Tube and the Chain of Craters Road, this park attracts thousands of tourists. The star attraction is the Kilauea volcano which has been erupting since the early 1980s. Lava still flows from this docile volcano, and visitors have the opportunity to step right up to the red hot stream to see a sight you would only expect to see on the Discovery Channel. Those who are outdoor enthusiasts might want to further explore the park and navigate one of its many publicized trails why opt for a bike rental and cycle through the scenery?.

SCUBA Dive at Kealakekua Bay from lava streams to crystal blue reefs, Kealakekua Bay on the Big Island's Kona coast is where the legendary Captain Cook was laid to rest and is also home to Hawaii's most beautiful coral reef. The bay is one of the best diving sites; where visitors are given the chance to not only explore the reef but also to see the tropical fish that make it their home. Whether you choose to snorkel or scuba dive, keep a look out for those over energetic dolphins! Vacation rental equipment available throughout the island.

Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park is just over twenty miles away if you head south from Kailua Kona. Extending over a staggering 182 acres this historical park holds a number of interesting and inspiring archaeological sites. Originally this was where local Hawaiians, who in some way offended the gods, escaped to. Today tourists can still see the remnants of a coastal settlement where you can still make out the fish ponds, temple foundations and even a defensive wall. Big Island vacations do not get much more educational than a visit to the Historical Park.

Whale watching is a popular activity during December to April when the humpback whales migrate back to the shallow waters of Hawaii. The majority of tour companies leave from Kailua Kona coast and during this winter period many guarantee a sighting. Some companies incorporate educational narrations into their tour packages, and some even have underwater equipment that allows vacationers to hear the whales communicating amongst each other. These majestic animals can also be seen from the land the best place is the Keahole National Energy Lab.

Many Big Island vacations are also enjoyably spent looking for Petroglyphs. These rock drawings can be up to thousands of years old and depict a number of illustrations form people to simple tools. Some of the best places to hunt for these "letters from the past" include Anaeho'omalu Bay and Puako.

Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden A favourite for Big Island Hawaii vacations, the garden can be found a short drive away from Hilo in the Onomea Valley. The garden is literally a showcase of some of the most beautiful tropical plants in the world and attracts scores and scores of tourists annually. A pleasant place to stroll through and relax, the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden is not to be missed.

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