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Best Bets on the Big Island

Jun 19, 2006  Living with guys makes a mom creative on vacation. There's no shopping time included. Just go-go-go.
3.5 of 5 bubbles based on 7 votes

We just returned from Hawaii{Big Island}. Our family is not a sit on the beach kind of people. Everyday was an adventure.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Puako, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kailua-Kona
  • Category: Recent trip
  • Traveler type: Sightseeing, Active/Outdoors
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Singles, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Large groups, Seniors, Students, Budget travelers, Active/adventure, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel
    Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, Puako, Kohala Coast

    great base for families. Excellent snorkeling, but a bit of a current. Head for the sister resort, Mauna Kea, for easier snorkeling. A+

  • 2. Paradise Helicopter Tours

    2 hour tour of volcano and rainforests. Pilot dips and swings over lava for passengers. Then flies thru a Jurassic Park-like rainforest. Leaves your stomach on the ground. Not for the squeamish.

  • 3. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
    Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii

    Drive between sightseeing points. Stand over steam vents, feel the steam. Walk across lava and thru tubes. Observation areas give great view of core.

  • 4. Dophin Discoveries

    This tour starts early and lasts 4 hours. A group of 10 plus captain and assistant, goes to 2 snorkel sites. First Captain Cook, pristine ocean with multi-colored fish and coral. Fresh fruit and drinks are offered nonstop. Snorkel gear included, even masks with magnifying lenses. 2nd site, at Place of Refuge. Turtle cleaning station. Many, many sea turtles swimming around swimmers.

  • 5. Hawaii Forest and Trail
    Hawaii Forest and Trail, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

    Intelligent guides driving customers to top of Mauna Kea. Stopping along the way with photo ops and info. Dinner is included. The sunset at top of Mauna Kea is worth the price. Even a view of Maui. On the way down, stargazing with smart guides pointing out planets and constellations.

  • 6. Akaka Waterfall

    On the way to Volcanoes National Park, stop by this waterfall. You won't be disappointed. It's a hike thru beautiful vegetation, but worth it!