Water Sports

Hawaii Island (also known as the Big Island) has a 266-mile coast line, offering a variety of beaches. There are numerous places to surf, jet ski, kayak, parasail, suba dive, snorkel, windsurf, swim, or fish. One such place that has some of these activities in Hilo is Coconut Island Park.

A short drive away on the northwest side of the island is Hapuna Beach along the Kohala coast, which is the top-rated beach in America.

You can also find spots where you can catch a glimpse of a massive whale or encounter a group of dolphins.

Snow Boarding

That's right, snow — in Hawaii! The Big Island has a wide variety of climates, including snow on the summits of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea mountains.

Lava Flows

Check out the red lava flows on the south side of the island at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Other attractions at the park include large craters and steam vents. Hawaii Island, the youngest of the island chain, is still growing (you can watch the lave flowing into the ocean, creating large steam plumes seen for miles).


There are many diverse spots on the island to hike, camp, or just enjoy the natural outdoors. One famous place is Akaka Falls State Park just outside of Hilo!

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