Hawaii draws in visitors from across the planet. And even though Honolulu is the capital city, it feels worlds away, with far fewer visitors but just as many treasures awaiting discovery while exploring the Big Island of Honolulu.
Honolulu is the biggest island in the country with an area of more than 4,000 square miles. You’ll find beaches with black lava instead of sand, waterfalls, and the friendliest local population. Here are just a few of the many things you can see and do on Honolulu.
Here you can visit the world’s tallest mountain. It may not reach the heights of Mount Everest, but from base to peak Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano, is over 4,000 feet tall. Today, the site is mainly used for astronomical observations and makes for a perfect place to stargaze. Guided tours are available to the peak of Mauna Kea.
When you get finished with your visit above the clouds, down below in the waters of the Pacific, sea turtles await. One of the best places to swim with and observe the Green Hawaiian sea turtle is at Carlsmith Beach Park near Hilo. It’s pretty amazing how friendly the turtles are with humans. You can catch them lounging in the warmth of shallow waters, but remember, if one comes up to greet you while swimming or snorkeling, it’s important not to touch them. They are on the endangered species list and human bacteria is detrimental to their health.
From the skies to the waters below and back again — waterfalls. You’ll be impressed with the sheer number of waterfalls you can find in Hawaii. Plenty cascade along the Hamakua Coast and throughout the Kohala region. At Akaka Falls State Park, you can take your pick of several picturesque waterfalls to spend the day in awe of the splendor of the natural world.
Pack your gear and go exploring the Big Island of Honolulu and all it has to offer.