Top 3 outdoor activities to try on the Big Island of Hawaii

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Holidays in Hawaii are often predicated around a lot of rest and relaxation, but for some travelers, laying around in a sun lounger isn’t exactly their idea of a good time. They like to get up at the crack of dawn and experience the outdoors in their destination of choice.

Before we get into the activities that one can experience while on the big island of Hawaii, it is helpful to note that having a home base to come back to at the end of the day is an asset that can’t be ignored.

There are many Big Island Hawaii rentals that one can choose from that not only give the traveler a roof over their head, but also an inspiring place to continue to create travel memories even when one is on their downtime.

With that in mind, let’s talk about a few of the activities that you can get up to while on the Big Island…

1) Backcountry hiking

If you are looking to do some hiking, the best trekking that is available in the state can be found on the Big Island.

Waipio Valley is one of the most popular routes to do on the entire island, as its lushness, the presence of 2,000 foot cliffs and the tallest waterfall in the entire state draw countless visitors to this place annually.

Other popular treks to do include the Greens Sands Beach hike, which takes you to one of a handful of natural beaches in the world that consist of green sand, and the Kilauea Iki hike in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, which starts in rainforest and ends with a walk across the hardened lava lake created during the 1959 eruption event.

2) Snorkeling/diving

With the water surrounding the Big Island sitting at tropical temperatures year round, the marine life that can be found off its shores are nothing short of spectacular.

Those looking for some of the best snorkeling and diving that can be had here will want to head to James Cook Bay, while those with children will find a visit to the Kapoho Tide Pools to be a more fulfilling experience.

One experience that is not to be missed for SCUBA fans is a night dive in the waters off of Kona. At this time, manta rays gather in mass amounts to feed on plankton.

Unlike eagle rays and stingrays, mantas are harmless, so if you have your night SCUBA certification, you will be able to witness a spectacle that will rank in your top five memories lifetime when it comes to diving.

3) Surfing

Of all the activities one could do on Hawaii, surfing ranks near the top of the list for many visitors to the Aloha State.

If you don’t already know how to ride before coming here, there are no shortage of schools that will teach you the basics so that you too can ride some barrels (or at least try your best to not look like a complete fool while doing so).

The best surfing on the Big Island can be had at Honolii Beach Park near Hilo if you are a seasoned surfer, but for everybody else, sticking to the west coast beaches around Kona is a better bet.

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