There are a zillion fantastic things to do and see on Hawaii’s Big Island, and it can be hard to pare it all down and fit it all into one vacation! From luaus to lava, from palaces to mountain peaks, there’s something on the Big Island for everyone! This handy dandy bucket list has all the best and most unique things the island has to offer, and hopefully it will help you plan your best trip yet.
The best part of a trip to Hawaii is… Hawaii! The sun, the ocean, the kindness, the food, the aloha—it’s the best! But the worst part of a trip to Hawaii is… packing. But never fear!
If you’ve been following the blog, you know that Hawaii has been on my mind since we visited earlier this month! We had an incredible time, and we highly recommend it for your next vacation or celebratory getaway! There are a few things, however, that are good to know if you’ve never been before. Many of these apply to the Hawaiian Islands in general, but many are specific to the Big Island. Read on, my friend!
There are a few epic experiences from our travels that really stand out: swimming with penguins and sea lions in the Galapagos, hot air ballooning in Cappadocia, attending an opera at the Sydney Opera House, to name a few. But the sunrise lava boat tour off the coast of Hawaii’s Big Island has made its way to the top of our “epic experiences” list!
Once I started planning our trip to Hawaii’s Big Island, I quickly found myself overwhelmed! Trip planning is something I do often and even enjoy, so I knew if I was overwhelmed, there were probably others out there who feel the same way when planning a Hawaiian getaway. So here you go, folks: your ultimate guide to planning a Big Island getaway!
The Island of Hawaii has tons of trails. In fact, many of their best beaches and most unique sites are only accessible via hike (or 4 wheel drive + serious skills).We were only able to hit a few around the island in the week we were there, all inherently off the beaten path.
this week we’re setting our sights on beautiful Hilo, Hawaii! We only spent one day in Hilo, but I wish we’d spent at least one more day–so consider that for your trip! We did hit the highlights in this cute, seaside town, and I’ve listed them here for you!
It’s everyone’s favorite: What I Ate Wednesday! Last week we talked about the luau on the Big Island, and this week I’m letting you in on the rest of the Hawaiian goodness! If there’s one thing Hawaiians know how to do, it’s eat well!
Islands are typically small enough to drive around in less than a day. That’s why Steve and I like them for anniversary trips–there’s only so far you can go, so it’s an inherently relaxing place to be. Not so for Hawaii’s Big Island! This trip took a little more planning because there is just more to do, see, and explore.
I had an absolute blast celebrating our third wedding anniversary on the Big Island of Hawaii! We love the state of Hawaii for plenty of reasons, and we recommend that everyone visit at least once in a lifetime. Here are just a few of the things we loved most about the Big Island!