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5 Day Itinerary – Things to Do on the Big Island of Hawaii

Each island in the Hawaiian islands has their own distinct flavor and reason for visiting. As for things to do on the Big Island of Hawaii, it’s the place for big adventures and wow moments. Many people mistakenly call their vacation to Waikiki or Oahu a Hawaiian vacation without realizing that in fact, Waikiki is on the island of Oahu and Hawaii is the name of the largest island in the archipelago. Being the largest of the Hawaiian Islands there is a lot of ground to cover and a lot of exciting and adventurous activities to do. Many visit Hawaii Island on a day trip from Oahu. We recommend spending at least five days on the Big Island, even longer if you can! I don’t feel the Big Island of Hawaii is the place for a beach vacation. I think Maui and Oahu have more stunning beaches that are better for swimming and relaxing. The Big Island for me is about volcanoes and incredible adventures. We had five nights, six days on the Big Island of Hawaii. We decided to create an itinerary to help you get the most out of your time there. This Big Island Hawaii itinerary is not exactly how we experienced it, as there are a couple of things we would have done a little differently. We like to give you the best information to help you have the best travel experience in Hawaii, so this is what we think will work. If you can spend extra days, we recommend it and will add in suggestions to cater to that for you. Things to do on the Big Island of Hawaii Table of Contents: Day 1: Hilo Day 2: Volcanoes National Park Day 3: Kona (swim with manta rays) Day 4: Kona (snorkel at Kealakekua Bay) Day 5: Waikoloa Day 1: Hilo, Big Island Fly into Hilo airport in the morning from Oahu. Download the Skyscanner App so you can find the best prices for flights. When you arrive in Hilo, pick up your rental car. Akaka Falls Plunging 442 feet into a stream-eroded gorge, Akaka Falls is Hawaii Island’s most famous waterfall and one of the most popular things to do on the Big Island of Hawaii and is situated within the Akaka Falls State Park. You can also see the 100-foot Kahuna Falls on a looped walk. The loop walk was closed for us, I believe

Honolulu Vacation Travel Guide By Shane Perry

Honolulu is located on the Polynesian island O'ahu, in the middle of the North Pacific ocean. It is the capital of Hawaii: The 50th, and youngest, American state. In tropical Honolulu, the surf is always up and the weather always warm. Hawaii's biggest city offers the perfect mix of nature, culture, sports and shopping all in the one place. With America's only royal palace at its core and Pearl Harbor just around the corner, there is also a lot of history to discover. Visit the Bishop Museum to learn about the Polynesian voyagers who came here hundreds of years before captain Cook dropped anchor in 1778. The native Hawaiians and first Europeans were drawn to the majestic profile of the Diamond Head volcano, which is still an attraction today. Wherever you are in the city, the backdrop of Lēʻahi, as the locals call the crater, is a constant reminder of Hawaii's explosive beginnings. Climb the short trail to its circular rim for commanding views over the island and its picture-perfect coastline. Go to the top of the Aloha Tower to see how Honolulu has become a modern urban center. The capital is the gathering place where residents of Hawaii do business, but tourists mainly come here for its beaches and watersports. Honolulu means "sheltered bay" and any day of they year you can go swimming, stand up paddle boarding and sailing in the harbor. Ala Moana Beach Park is the quieter alternative to popular Waikiki. Laze on the beach, or, if you start feeling active, get surfing lessons or rent a canoe to explore the bay. Stroll over the boulevard to buy everything from up-scale fashion to flowery local garments to brighten up your wardrobe. Downtown, you can't miss the statue of the fearless warrior King Kamehameha, who unified the Hawaiian islands in the late 18th century. Admire the American Florentine architecture of Iolani Palace and visit the Halekoa barracks. For lunch, try a Japanese fusion dish. The largely Asian American population of Honolulu has left its mark on the cuisine and culture of the island. Visit Kapi'olani Park with its ancient Banyan trees and attractive beachfront. The park is home to the historic Honolulu Zoo, so take the kids to see friendly giants and exotic birds. Set aside a day for Pearl Harbor to see the remnants of the U.S. Pacific Fleet that was crippled by an air raid

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