1. Catch your dinner at the southernmost part of US
A particularly unique thing to do on the Big Island in Hawaii is visit Ka Lae, which marks the southernmost part of the big island and the US! This is not a place where you’ll find restaurants and villagers, but you will find some of the best fishing areas on the island. A fun way to enjoy this part of the island is to rent out a vacation rental near the area, take a family fishing trip to the cliffs of Ka Lae and then enjoy a fresh, home-cooked meal while watching the sunset! The exciting part about this experience is the adrenaline rush that comes from looking out over one of the most dangerous currents, the current here extends all the way to Antarctica. For dessert, you can check out the green-sand beach nearby, or even go cliff-jumping off of the western shore of the coast!
2. Curtain of Fire: Erupting wall of magma
Inside of the famous Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, you’ll find the curtain of fire. A 100 foot high, 1,500 foot long wall-like river of magma that runs along the side of the largest active volcano in the world, Mauna Loa. This is a hidden gem inside of the National Park; this exciting experience can be supplemented with other adventures within the park such as walking on lava beds and hiking up the volcano. If you want to take this adventure to the next level, you can even rent a helicopter and see the wall of magma from birds-eye view!
3. Go geocaching on the Big Island
An exciting and untraditional way to explore the nature on the Big Island is to go Geocaching through the beautiful parks and forests! Geocaching is a recreational activity that sends participants on a scavenger hunt to find hidden and buried items via GPS coordinates. There are currently dozens of hidden treasures located on the Big Island! This is a great, free activity that allows you to see the island and have a fun time with a group of friends of family.
4. Escape the crowd and watch the sunset at The Old Kona Airport Beach
Located on the west side of the island is the Old Kona Airport Beach. The old Kona Airport was built in the 1940s until it was replaced by the newer international airport in the ‘70s. This is a less-touristy location perfect for enjoying a quiet night on the beach with your family and friends. The beach offers the site of the old runways that have also been used for drag racing. A great way to feel at home here is by renting out a beach house in the area and enjoying time with the locals in this serene, less-populated area.
5. Relax with a Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage:
A more luxurious and unique thing to do on the Big Island of Hawaii is to try the Lomi Lomi massage, which based on the Hawaiian concept of Huna which originates from the terms “mana” and “H’oo”, meaning “life force” and “to make.” The ancient polynesians and hawaiian healers created this spiritual massage. The massage is performed based on the ancient cultural practice of channeling, controlling, and making this life force energy. Whether a girls trip, a family event, or a treat-yo-self day, trying a Lomi Lomi massage is a relaxing experience that you can only try in Hawaii.
6. Go off the beaten (and clean) path to Kamilo Trash Beach:
This won’t be the most luxurious experience you’ll have in Hawaii, but it will sure be a unique thing to do on the Big Island of Hawaii. The Kamilo trash beach got it’s name from the liters of trash that washes up on its shores every day from as far as Japan. You can tag along with a local cleaning crew to give back to the beautiful Big Island, or just take a look at the almost 90% plastic beach. People have even taken to collecting the items that wash up on the shores. This isn’t exactly the beach to have a relaxing lounge on, but it will definitely be an experience you won’t forget!
7. Take a star-seeing adventure to Mauna Kea Observatory
At a 13,000 feet altitude, the Mauna Kea Observatory offers a site unlike any other. This is a world-renowned observatory due to it’s location in the middle of the pacific ocean. It is currently the largest astronomy observatory in the world. There are several research facilities located at the summit of the observatory, and given the importance of the observatory and the trek to the summit, it is not open to visitors at all times. However, it is open for free stargazing on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night. If you want to venture off for your own stargazing evening, you can also head to the lava fields for a beautiful clear view of the night sky. Just be sure to wear the right shoes and bring a flashlight...yes, the lava is real!