The Best Things to Do in Hawaii

The Best Things to Do in Hawaii
If you enjoy the outdoors, you may find yourself spoiled for choice when searching for things to do on the Big Island of Hawaii. However, there are certain must-do's particularly if you enjoy an adventure. These include memorable dives to see behemoth rays and hikes which take you across newly formed ground.

Dive with Manta Rays

The Manta Ray night dive is perhaps the Big Island's most famous dive. Manta Rays are the largest type of ray. At the Sheraton in Kona, the hotel shines bright lights into the water which attracts plankton which the Manta Rays feed on making this one of the best places to look for these giant creatures. Divers go out at sunset and sit at the bottom of the water, at a depth of around 35 feet. They shine dive lights up and watch these behemoth rays as they glide above, some with a wing span of 14 feet across. Many companies offer this dive; one of the most popular is Kona Coast Divers.

Kona Coast Divers
74-381 Kealakehe Pkwy
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740
(808) 329-8802
konacoastdivers.com

Hike to See Lava Flow

If you've ever wanted to see the orange glow of lava then you should definitely consider doing this hike. You will first need to check at the U.S. Geological Survey site to find out where the lava is flowing that day and where is the best place to view it. The best time of day is in the evening. It can get very dark there, so make sure you pack a good flashlight. In addition, bring along some thick-soled hiking shoes with good ankle support. The lava can really tear up your shoes, and since a lot of it is in small chunks it can be easy to twist an ankle if you're not careful.

Volcanoes National Park
1 Crater Rim Dr
Hawaii National Park, Hawaii 96718
(808) 985-6000
nps.gov/havo

Hike Mauna Ulu Crater

As impressive as seeing the lava flow is, if you imagined something more along the lines of walking next to a crater with plumes of steam, consider hiking to Mauna Ulu crater. After Mauna Ulu erupted it left a crater that was roughly 400 feet deep and over 600 feet wide. It is a short 45 minute hike but it can be quite exhilarating, especially when the thin lava cracks beneath you. This is not an area where you want to get too close to the edge. The views are spectacular as you pass steaming vents and see where lava once flowed down the mountain. The hike begins at Chain of Craters road which is in Volcanoes National Park. According to the guidebook Maui Revealed you do not need a permit to do this hike, so long as you only hike up to Puu Huluhulu.

Volcanoes National Park
1 Crater Rim Dr
Hawaii National Park, Hawaii 96718
(808) 985-6000
nps.gov/havo

Article Written By Shiromi Nassreen

Shiromi Nassreen has been writing professionally since 2005. She specializes in travel and outdoor topics, and her articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including "DISfunkshion Magazine" and Matador Travel. Nassreen holds a Bachelor of Arts in theatre studies from Rose Bruford College of Speech & Drama.

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