There's so many fun and diverse things to do from seeing an active volcano to Zip-lining, hiking and scuba diving. You may have trouble narrowing down your list of great adventures you'll want to partake in.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Well worth the drive! It's truly amazing to see Mother Nature's power! There's so much to do and see in the park and nearby, you may want to spend a day or two nearby. Don't miss the petroglyphs and lava tubes. If you can swing it, the helicopter ride over the volcanoes is a once in a lifetime experience! The volcano is amazing to view at sunset so you can truly experience the glow. Stop by the Visitors Center for information about the volcanoes, maps and mementos of your visit. Park is open 24/7/365 for your convenience.
Words cannot describe the beauty you'll see here. There's a rich history in this area so please respect it. You can hike down the valley and also enjoy horseback riding through the valley. Be sure to stop by the world famous Tex Drive-In for Portuguese Malasadas on the way!
Hike down to Captain Cook Monument
Heading towards Captain Cook on HI-11, just after the intersection at Mamalahoa Bypass Road stay straight and you'll be on Napoopoo Road. Around 82 Napoopoo Road in Captain Cook you'll probably see cars parked alongside the road. Park here and hike down to Captain Cook Monument. It’s a winding but well-traveled trail that's about 1.8 miles down. Did I mention you'll be going down?? Way down... which means the way back up - which is mostly in full sun - is UP - about a 1,500 ft difference in elevation! Recommended to go about 7am, swim for a few hours then hike back up before it gets too hot. Bring water, hat, SPF, snorkel gear and wear good hiking shoes.
Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm
Learn about the conservation of several species of seahorses! Interact with them for a truly once in a lifetime experience!
73-4388 Ilikai Place in Kailua-Kona
Visit some of the amazing colored beaches, off the beaten path or secluded snorkeling beaches. We've compiled a list of the best here!
Lava Tree State Monument
State Park with paths to view the molds of trees burned in a lava flow. Park also has picnic sites and restrooms.
Rappel from trees, swim under a waterfall, traverse 5 skybridges and zoom over the lush tropical canopy in 9 thrilling and scream-inspiring ziplines at Kohala Zipline in Hawi.
Akaka Falls Zipline
Experience 7 incredible ziplines that pass above jaw-dropping scenery, along unrivaled spans, including the only zipline in Hawaii that soars over a 250' waterfall!
Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (City of Refuge)
Archaeological park featuring burial grounds and a rich history.
1871 Trail in Captain Cook
Come bear witness to some of the most fit and inspirational athletes from around the globe as they compete for the prestigious title of Ironman. Generally held the 2nd weekend in October, accommodations fill up months in advance so be sure to book well before summer. The swimming and marathon take place in Kona, while the bike portion is from Kohala to Kona. Considered as the most difficult one-day sporting event in the world, the Kona Ironman is an amazing event to watch. The race includes a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride 26.22 run without breaks.
Stargaze at Mauna Kea
Hike to the top of Mauna Kea for a truly unique experience! Bring a jacket, gloves, blanket and head lamps or a flashlight. You must have a 4 wheel drive vehicle to go beyond the visitors center. Visit Manua Kea for reservations.
Hike Akaka Falls
The 400 foot falls is accessible via a short hike off the roadside.