Getting the chance to visit the Big Island of Hawaii this month was one of the most amazing travel experiences I have had thus far. The island is insanely beautiful and diverse! One minute you are in lush green forests, then a valley or a black sand beach. Even better than the scenery is the amazing food and the kind people. Hawaii may be one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. I was constantly surprised by the different parts of the island and the countless different things there are to do on the island. I loved every minute of my five days on the Big island of Hawaii and I believe everyone who can visit should!
Amazing Natural Beauty
The Big Island of Hawaii is one of the most naturally beautiful places I have ever visited. The island has so many different landscapes from lava fields to lush green forests. Only in Hawaii can you wander through a lava field, then see a cave made from a lava tube, stop at an amazing waterfall for a photo op, and then snorkel at a random beach park all in the span of a day. As we traveled throughout the island, it felt like we weren’t even in the same place at times just because of how insanely different the various areas are. It’s one of those places you have to see to believe!
Due to some weird weather conditions the week we visited(primarily because of the Kilauea Volcanic Activity), we actually ended up doing a lot of hiking on our trip. We did 3 particularly amazing hikes during our time and they ranged from only half a mile to almost 6 miles in length and covered everything from flat and dusty terrain to traversing down a steep hill to a sacred valley and a black sand beach. These are just the hikes that we were able to do! There are countless other amazing hikes on the island where you can see everything from lava flows to waterfalls. We unfortunately didn’t get to visit Volcanoes National Park, but the park is home to some amazing hikes as well and its on the top of my list for next time!
Awesome Snorkel spots
Hawaii is known for its clear blue waters and the amazing reefs that surround it. This means that at pretty much any point that you can get in the water, you can see some amazing things underneath! The best part is that it’s one of the best free things you can do on the island(read about more free things to do here). You get to see amazing fish and turtles, and we even ended up swimming with a pod of dolphins!
Amazing Science all around you!
The Big Island of Hawaii is home to some of the most amazing scientific research. One of the coolest parts of the island is the observatories located on the peak of Mauna Kea. If you aren’t able to get to the peak at 14000 feet, you can always stop at the Visitor Information Station at 9200 feet and learn about the research occurring at the peak and stay late on certain nights for stargazing! The stargazing is completely free but be sure to bring a jacket because it gets cold there at night! If astronomy isn’t your thing, but volcanoes are, then you can make a visit to Volcanoes National Park! There, you can learn about the active and inactive volcanoes on the island! I wasn’t able to visit when I was on the island due to the eruption of Kilauea, but I have heard it’s amazing and plan to go back and visit!
Coffee, Macadamia Nuts, and More Snacks!
The food in Hawaii was incredible! From fresh seafood to fruit straight from the farmers market, everything is so fresh and amazing! One of the best parts of Hawaiian food though was the snacks! From macadamia nuts to Maui Onion potato chips and chocolate covered mochi, I could snack for days! And for the coffee drinkers out there: I have been told that Kona coffee is some of the best in the world. I’m personally not a coffee drinker, but my sister is and she brought a spare bag in the trip with her just to bring coffee home!
My trip to the Big Island of Hawaii was absolutely amazing. I really hope that you all get the chance to visit soon and experience it for yourself!
From one Misguided Millennial to the world, this has been my thoughts on why everyone should visit the Big Island of Hawaii ASAP!