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Hawaii - The Big Island

Best Things to Do in Hawaii - The Big Island

Whether you're looking to come face to face with molten lava or kaleidoscopic sand, you won't have trouble finding ways to pass the time on the Big Island. Frommer's writes, "Where else can you witness fiery creation and swim with dolphins, ponder the stars from the world's tallest mountain and catch a blue marlin, downhill-ski and surf the waves in a single day?" In addition to the Big Island's hiking spots and popular beaches, there's also shopping: Swing by the Hilo Farmers Market for an eclectic mix of Hawaiian treats and crafts.

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#1
Akaka Falls State Park Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 5.0

Why go: Hilo's Akaka Falls State Park is a short, low-intensity hike in northeastern Hawai'i ... read more»

#2
Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park
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Overall Rating: Rating: 5.0

Why go: You can expect to hear one question above all others if you tell people you ... read more»

#3
Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Up until the early 19th century on Big Island, Hawaiians who broke the law could ... read more»

#4
Waipio Valley
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Waipio Valley is historically significant to the Hawaiian people. It was once one of the ... read more»

#5
Kaunaoa Beach Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Come early to Kaunaoa (parking spaces are few) and plan on staying most of the ... read more»

#6
Hilo Farmers Market Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: More than 100 vendors congregate on a weekly basis to hawk produce, seafood, crafts, clothing ... read more»

#7
Anaehoomalu Beach Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: One of the Kohala Coast's premiere beaches, Anaehoomalu Beach is a favorite haunt for ... read more»

#8
Hapuna Beach State Park Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The deliberately named waters of Hapuna Beach -- Hapuna means "spring" or "pool" in Hawaiian -- are ... read more»

#9
Papakolea Beach Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Of Papakolea Beach, Frommer's writes, "The place has its problems: It's difficult to ... read more»

#10
Punalu'u Beach Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.0

Why go: Some say the waters here are too rough and rocky to really enjoy swimming, but ... read more»

#11
Kealakekua Bay Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.0

Why go: Snorkelers like to visit this remote bay on Hawai'i's west coast for the ... read more»

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