Big Island

The Big Island of Hawaii is the largest of the 8 main islands that make up the 50th. State.  It is best known for its volcanoes Mauna Loa and Kilauea.  Kilauea is the most active volcano in the world.  Its current eruption began in 1983 and has added over 500 acres of new land to its southeastern shore.

Many activities on the Big Island center around the volcanoes, both of which are easily accessible to visitors.  They really are a site to behold, but are not the only things the Big Island has to offer, specially for those looking for romance.  Here is a list of romantic things to do on this island.
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

No trip to the Big Island would be complete without a visit to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
Take a drive along its main roads, Crater RimDrive and Chain of Craters Road. Both roads have scenic stops along the way where you can pull over to see some of the park’s points of interest.  Among them is the Thurston Lava Tube, a definite must see.
Hike or bike one of the park’s many trails for an up close look at the wonders of the volcanoes.
There is some risk to visiting an active volcano area, be sure you check in at the Visitor Center for current conditions and road closures.  The official National Park website can help you plan your visit.  Click here to be directed to the NPS site.

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Boat Tour

See the lava flow into the ocean on one of the Lava Boat tours.  Sunrise and Sunset tours are available.

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Champagne Pond

Take a dip in Champagne Pond.  Nestled on the Puna Coast in a residential area the pond is heated by natural geothermal heat.  The pond is always pretty calm making it an ideal place for swimming and snorkling.

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Green Sand Beach

Stroll on the sands of Papakolea Beach, also known as Green Sand Beach due to the greenish color of the sand.  The sand is made up of olivine, a semi precious stone created by the volcano eruptions.  The water is very turbulent here so don’t go swimming.

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Rainbow Falls State Park

Take an early morning drive out to Rainbow Falls State Park.  Swimming is prohibited but you can see this scenic spot from the look out, you may be treated to rainbows in the mist of the falls.

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Waipio Valley

Waipio Valley, Hawaii’s version of the “Valley of the Kings”,  on the northern Hamakua Coast is steeped in legend and history.  The valley was the childhood home of King Kamehameha I and was an important political and religious center in Hawaii.  Today it’s not only an important place for Hawaiian history and culture it is also a an awesome place filled with dramatic beauty.

You can view the valley from the lookout or walk in and hike through the forest to the beach.  Click here for more hiking info.

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Mauna Kea

Drive or hike to the summit of Mauna Kea the largest volcano on earth.  The spectacular sunsets on the volcano is a must see.
Children are not allowed to the summit due to altitude sickness.  Persons with heart and lung issues should check with their doctor before attempting to go up to the summit.               Click here for more info and directions.

  

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Stargazing

Stargaze at the Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station.  The skies above the mountain are usually clear and perfect for stargazing.  The VIS has a free nightly stargazing program that includes telescopes operated by knowledgeable staff and volunteers.

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