Hawaii can only be described as a traveler’s heaven on earth. Awe-inspiring landscapes, crystal clear waters, and towering volcanoes make for Instagram magic, and exclusive vacation rentals at every turn ensure you’ll enjoy the island in style. At Destinations in Paradise, we believe that travel is an adventure, so here’s our list of 5 amazing activities to keep you busy on the Big Island!
This international phenomenon is one of Hawaii’s most popular attractions. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the park is home to both the Kilauea and Mauna Loa active volcanos. Towering landscapes, sacred sites, and hiking trails are just some of what this paradise has on the menu. When it comes to transportation, be aware that a rental car is your best bet, as the park does not offer internal public transportation and access to the internet is limited. Want a sneak peek? Visit the park's website for live webcams, thanks to the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.
Kona International Market (74-5533 Luhia St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, United States)
When it comes to paradise vacations Hawaii caters to every traveler. Looking to venture out of the comfort of your vacation rentals and hit the town? A day trip to the Kona International Market is Hawaii at its best. The perfect combination of outdoor market place and indoor shopping experience, the Kona International Market is stand upon stand of hometown vendors selling traditional Hawaiin sculptures and statues, along with other local arts and crafts. At the indoor food court, you’ll sample traditional Hawaiian dishes and international cuisine. Busy, vibrant, and family-friendly, the markets are open from 8 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday.
For surf lovers, a day at Kahalu’u Beach Park is an experience you’ll want to revisit. Whether you’re a nervous beginner or a big wave pro, this break has you covered. Optimum conditions come with an NW-SW swell direction. Novices can get into the swing of things close to shore, while the outer breaks with larger swells should be left to experienced surfers used to shallow reef breaks. Not a surfer? Dive into some of Hawaii’s best snorkeling in the bay area. Equipment and boards can be rented from the local surf shop, and all of the island’s instructors are ready and waiting to get you standing up on that longboard in no time.
Swim with the Dolphins
Hawaii is known for its Spinner and Pacific Bottlenose dolphins, which swim the coastlines of the Big Island year-round. Snorkelers and paddleboarders cruising local bays should expect to run into a pod of these amazing creatures. Looking for something a little more organized? Contact Sea Paradise tours for sailing and snorkeling adventures guaranteed to wow the whole family.
Dine at Merriman’s (Food!) 65-1227 Opelo Road, Kamuela, HI 96743
When on the Big Island, Merriman’s is a must-visit. Located in Waimea, Chef Peter Merriman designed the iconic venue to promote fresh local produce and flavors. An extensive wine and cocktail list makes for entertaining after-5 dinners or a jovial early lunch! Just make sure to use your vacation rentals travel concierge and reserve in advance, as tables book up quickly and walk-ins cannot be guaranteed.
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