Hawaii - The Big Island Travel Guide

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Free Things To Do in Hawaii - The Big Island

If you have extra time, Anaehoomalu Beach is worthwhile.
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    Things to do in Hawaii - The Big Island
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    Beaches, Recreation, Swimming/Pools, Free
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    Kaunaoa Beach is one of Big Island's most picturesque white sand beaches. So, most travelers recommend coming early (around 8:30 a.m.) to Kaunaoa to snag one of the too-few parking spots – and spending most of the day there. 

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    Hilo Farmers Market
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Shopping, Free
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    Local farmers and artisans congregate each day to sell everything from produce to seafood, handicrafts to clothing in downtown Hilo. And most travelers agree there's no better place on the Big Island to sample local produce and purchase local crafts. Hilo Farmers Market sells some of everything, from the run-of-the-mill

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    Anaehoomalu Beach
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    One of the Kohala Coast's premier beaches, Anaehoomalu Beach is a favorite haunt for frequent Big Island visitors. Do as they do and call it "A-Bay" – that way you'll truly be in the know. You won't find too many locals on this massive stretch of salt and pepper sand,

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    Hapuna Beach State Park
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    The deliberately named waters of Hapuna Beach – Hapuna means "spring of life" in Hawaiian – are probably the most loved on all of the Big Island. Both visitors and residents flock to this beach on the South Kohala coast, and encourage you to do the same. If you're not visiting for the

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    Papakolea Beach
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    Putting Papakolea Beach on one's travel itinerary is not for the faint of heart. For one, its secluded location makes it tough to reach. Plus, there is little shade and nothing in the way of amenities, and it also experiences rough waters. But intrepid travelers brave the journey because they

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    Punalu'u Beach
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    #10 in Hawaii - The Big Island
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Beaches, Swimming/Pools, Free
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    Some say the waters here are too rough and rocky to really enjoy swimming, but that's not the real reason to visit Punalu'u, anyway. This beach in southern Hawai'i is ideal for its picture-taking potential. For one thing, the onyx-tinted sand here owes its unique hue to the ongoing volcanic

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    Kealakekua Bay
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    Beaches, Recreation, Sightseeing, Swimming/Pools, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Snorkelers like to visit this remote bay on Hawaii's west coast for the tropical fish, sea turtles and Hawaiian Spinner dolphins that are plainly visible just below the calm, shallow water's surface. History junkies make the trek to Kealakekua for a different reason altogether. 

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