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Things to Do:
Lava (find out in advance what the best way is to see the lava):
  • Helicopter
  • Hike/Bike
    • Surface flow - depending on the conditions, it might be possible to hike to surface flow.  Inquire with Kalapana Cultural Tours.
    • Ocean entry - At the present time, there are three ways to access the area where lava is flowing into the ocean: (i) walk the approximately 10 miles round trip over the county emergency access road from Kalapana (you can also walk over the road from the National Park side as well) - UPDATE - you are now restricted to .5 miles from the surface flow due to dumb tourists putting themselves in danger and almost getting killed. As a result, viewing ocean entry from land is not as enjoyable as it used to be; (ii) rent a bicycle from one of several companies and ride to the ocean entry; or (iii) pay for Kalapana Cultural Tours (www.kalapanaculturaltours.com) to drive you most of the way and then hike or bike the remaining approximately 1.8 miles each way. 
  • Boat

Caves/lava tubes
  • Thurston Lava Tube (parking now restricted to 30 minutes)
  • Kaumana
  • ranger-led to?
  • Cave 3
  • Kazamura Caves http://kazumuracave.com/

Mountains
  • CAUTION: after SCUBA diving, wait 24 hours before going up the mountains
  • Mauna Loa
    • Mauna Loa Observatory - if this interests you, contact MLO to arrange tour; they'll ask, "you know we don't do astronomy, right?"; will give you code to gate; one-lane, seriously winding and undulating road
    • ways to summit:
      • day hike from parking lot just before MLO gate
      • minimum 3-5 day hike from Mauna Loa Access Road
  • Mauna Kea
    • visitor center for telescopes in evening
    • to do at summit
      • view sunset
      • Keck Observatory
      • Lake Waiau
      • adz quarry

Waterfalls

Historical/museums

Beaches
  • Waipio
  • Kalapana/Kaimu - black sand; 10(?) minute walk over lava rock
  • Punalu'u - black sand; good place to see turtles (I once saw 4)
  • Papakolea/Mahana/Green sand beach - there is a local family that shuttles folks from the parking area to the beach for a nominal fee.  Private tours can also be arranged to the beach and surrounding area.
  • Hapuna - has been rated #1 in US, top 10 international

Snorkeling

Snuba (ages 8+)
  • from shore
    • Snuba Doo available (ages 4-7)
  • Fair Wind snorkel trip to Kealakekua Bay
    • no Snuba Doo
    • may allow <8 if child has done Snuba Doo

SCUBA

Swimming with dolphins

Coffee Farm Tours

NPS sites
  • If you plan on going to more than one NPS site in your time in Hawaii, it probably makes sense to get a Hawaii Tri-Parks Pass, which costs $30 per year for all three parks that collect fees (HAVO,HALE,PUHO), instead of up to $25 for a few days for one park.
  • Hawaii Volcanoes NP (HVNP) (ALL BUT KAHUKU UNIT IS CLOSED FOR NOW)
    • Jaggar Museum/Halemaumau overlook
    • Thurston lava tube (Definitely do the dark end if open, but has been closed for years.)
    • Chain of Craters Rd. to Holei sea arch
    • Kahuku (only weekendsEXPANDED HOURS FOR NOW)
    • Easy hikes:  Sulphur Banks, Devastation Trail, Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs
  • Pu'uhonua o Honaunau NHP
  • Kaloko Honokohau NHP
  • Pu'ukohola Heiau NHS (heiau means temple)

Botanic Gardens
  • Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden htbg.com

Miscellany
  • Lava Tree State Monument CLOSED
  • Ahalanui (covered by lava, July 2018)
  • Seahorse Farm (great place for kids)- http://seahorse.com/
  • Cape Kumukahi Lighthouse - you can see where the lava came right up to the fence surrounding the lighthouse
  • South Point
  • Atlantis submarine
  • Hilo farmers market, Wednesdays (and Saturdays)
  • Pololu
  • Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo
  • Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Visitor Center - skippable; more expensive than Walmart; Rabbi Chazanow, previously of the BI has said that nuts without any chocolate/dairy are PAREVE, including Dry Roasted and Honey Roasted, even when bearing the OU-D

Hotels:
  • Kohala
  • Kona
  • Volcano
  • Hilo

Getting Around:
  • rent a car
    • Harpers - only rental car company that allows you to drive anywhere on the island
  • Bus
  • tours
  • bike
  • hike

Notes:
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #345 on: March 02, 2015, 10:02:36 AM »
according to the book scuba diving with the Rays is much better than snorkeling

As are many things... But choosing one over the other is silly. They're completely different types of activities, not to mention cost- and logisitc-wise.
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #346 on: March 02, 2015, 10:04:38 AM »
As are many things... But choosing one over the other is silly. They're completely different types of activities, not to mention cost- and logisitc-wise.

IMHO, being on top of (snorkeling) or underneath (scuba) the rays really makes no difference.  You'll get the same show.  Also, young kids can't do the scuba trip so I would not have been able to take them with me. 
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #347 on: March 02, 2015, 10:20:15 AM »

young kids can't do the scuba trip so I would not have been able to take them with me.
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #348 on: March 02, 2015, 10:23:50 AM »
Amazing TR, will definitely use the info for our trip! Thanks

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #349 on: March 10, 2015, 10:09:22 AM »
I have a convertible for a few days and will switch to a Jeep later in the week hopefully.

What activities should I do today/tomorrow with a convertible?

And ftr last night I saw the most amazing sunset of my life here. Polihale didn't even come close.
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #350 on: March 10, 2015, 10:15:08 AM »
And ftr last night I saw the most amazing sunset of my life here. Polihale didn't even come close.
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« Reply #351 on: March 10, 2015, 10:16:47 AM »
Pics ?
I'm not really a picture guy. I may have one of the end. The reds in the sky were insane.
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« Reply #352 on: March 10, 2015, 10:23:45 AM »
I'm not really a picture guy.

Tut, tut.
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« Reply #353 on: March 10, 2015, 10:43:29 AM »
Tut, tut.
Some people like to live the moment :P

Anyway I really didn't take any pictures when it was over I took this.

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« Reply #354 on: March 10, 2015, 12:20:53 PM »

I have a convertible for a few days and will switch to a Jeep later in the week hopefully.

What activities should I do today/tomorrow with a convertible?

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« Reply #355 on: March 10, 2015, 12:38:05 PM »
I thought 4WD is better for volcano area?

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #356 on: March 10, 2015, 12:41:07 PM »
I was thinking mauna kea might be, but it's freezing up there so top would be up, and today there are 80mph wind warnings.
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« Reply #358 on: March 10, 2015, 04:32:01 PM »
No one knows the best activity with a convertible? Southern most point?
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« Reply #359 on: March 10, 2015, 04:34:26 PM »
No one knows the best activity with a convertible? Southern most point?
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