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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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Author Topic: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread  (Read 132185 times)

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #345 on: March 02, 2015, 02:25:50 AM »
Very nice, much appreciated.

Any advice for a 3 day trip? 2 adults, and we'd prefer to be in the green areas most of the time.

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #346 on: March 02, 2015, 07:56:00 AM »
Nice! I gotta do the manta rays one day...
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #347 on: March 02, 2015, 09:46:37 AM »
Very nice, much appreciated.

Any advice for a 3 day trip? 2 adults, and we'd prefer to be in the green areas most of the time.

Depends on what activities you enjoy.  Your question is a bit too vague.  Also, 3 days isn't enough to spend on both sides of the island.

That being said, I'm sure you would enjoy Waipio (assuming you like the beach as well) - it is very lush and green.  Also, its is almost never crowded and you may find that you have the beach to yourself.  In addition, Waimea is very green and beautiful.
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #348 on: March 02, 2015, 09:51:10 AM »
Awesome TR, let me know when you convince the DW to move.
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #349 on: March 02, 2015, 09:52:22 AM »
Very nice, much appreciated.

Any advice for a 3 day trip? 2 adults, and we'd prefer to be in the green areas most of the time.
TBI is great, but if you want green and don't care about volcano stuff then you should go to OGG or LIH instead IMHO.
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #350 on: March 02, 2015, 09:52:32 AM »
Nice! I gotta do the manta rays one day...
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #351 on: March 02, 2015, 09:54:39 AM »
TBI is great, but if you want green and don't care about volcano stuff then you should go to OGG or LIH instead IMHO.
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #352 on: March 02, 2015, 09:56:16 AM »

Nice! I gotta do the manta rays one day...
according to the book scuba diving with the Rays is much better than snorkeling

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #353 on: March 02, 2015, 09:57:38 AM »
Lol, I'm not saying there's no greenery on TBI.
But you can simply can't compare the lushness to LIH or OGG to TBI.  The differences are stark.
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #354 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 #355 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 #356 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 #357 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 #358 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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« Reply #359 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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