Big Island Hawaii Activities

Big Island Hawaii Activities
The Big Island of Hawaii provides plentiful chances for those who love the great outdoors to enjoy their vacation in paradise. The gorgeous beaches are only the beginning when it comes to having fun with recreation beneath the sun on the Big Island. Whether your pleasures include hiking or boating, you will be deliriously happy by the time you drag your worn-out body onto the plane to fly back home.

Snorkeling and Whale Watching

The azure waters off the coast of the Big Island are about as good as it gets for snorkeling. One of the best ways to take advantage of this highlight of the islands is a Body Glove cruise, which begins with a traditional Hawaiian breakfast before you head out to sea from Kailua Pier. All the equipment is provided to allow you to see up to 150 feet while beneath the sea. For a few unforgettable hours, you can kiss the world goodbye and thrill to the sight of amazingly colorful fish and get the chance to see water mammals, such as dolphins and whales, in their natural habitat. For an extra-special treat, take the cocktail cruise at sunset to see a sight you will remember for the rest of your life.

Body Glove Cruises
75-5629 Kuakini Hwy.
Kailua Kona, HI 96740
(800) 551-8911

Kilauea Iki Trail

Hawaiian mythology says that the goddess Pele is responsible for the volcanic activity that literally created this paradise in the Pacific. Take advantage of this trail hike to see the extraordinary power of this goddess. Be forewarned that it is rated moderate to challenging, but even if you are just barely beyond a novice, this is great place to test your mettle. The hike is 4 miles of time travel that reveals the extraordinary origin and evolution of the Big Island as you traverse through a rain forest toward the rim of the volcanic crater. One point of your trek through time takes you to 1959, where the vent still stands that shot a lava fountain nearly 2,000 feet high for more than a month.

Kilauea Iki
Crater Rim Drive
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Island of Hawaii, HI 96785

Ocean Kayaking

Sure, you've gotten into a kayak in a lake or maybe even on a river, but there is truly something exceptional about kayaking on the ocean. Taking a kayak into the pristine waters off the coast of the Big Island is a great way to get in some other water sports as well. You can kayak out to a reef and get in some snorkeling or find a little cove and just relax by swimming. A kayak trip in Hawaii maybe doesn't offer the thrills of whitewater through a canyon, but you aren't likely to come across giant sea turtles or dolphins in your kayak back home, either.

Aloha Kayak Co.
79-7248 Mamalahoa Hwy.
Honalo, HI 96750
(877) 322-1444

Article Written By Timothy Sexton

Timothy Sexton is an award-winning author who started writing in 1994. He has written on topics ranging from politics and golf to nutrition and travel, and his work appears online for, Disaboom and MOJO, among others. He has also done work for "Sherlock Holmes and Philosophy." He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of West Florida.

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