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Finding Adventure in Hawaii

The Big Island is packed with sights to see and adventures to go on; it’s an outdoor enthusiast’s dream!

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Once I was settled, I ventured out of the resort, ready to take advantage of all the Big Island had to offer. There are dozens adventures to go on when you visit Hawaii; it’s an outdoor enthusiast’s dream!

Finding Adventure in Hawaii

One of the best adventures the Big Island has to offer is a tour of an active volcano on the Hilo side of the island. Blue Hawaiian Helicopters offers the most spectacular way to see it… and really the only safe way, if you want to get in close. They provide several aerial tours, which take you over and around the volcano, over the Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa Volcanoes (now extinct), Parker Ranch, and through the Kohala Mountains to the magical 1,000-foot waterfalls that cascade down the cliffsides. It’s an experience you can’t afford to miss. Even if you don’t have time for anything else, make room for this helicopter tour. And while you’re at it, request pilot George Nischan for the adventure – he’s a great flyer and a very informative guide.

Finding Adventure in Hawaii

There’s another cool way to see this vast island: by boat! The ORCA Raft Adventure takes you on the ride of your life aboard their 28-foot, 350-horsepower hard bottom boat. It’s great fun and a fast way to get you in the water at Kealakekua Bay and snorkeling with spinner dolphins. Let the incredibly knowledgeable Mitch Stauffer and Kirk Hering round off the experience with detailed info about the island and its underwater life, sea caves, and lava tubes.

Finding Adventure in Hawaii

Snorkeling in Kealakekua Bay

Did you know that the Big Island is one of the best areas to stargaze? For hundreds of years, explorers and astronomers have flocked from all over the world to Hawaii’s Mauna Kea, the highest point in the Pacific. It’s technically the tallest mountain in the world, (though more than half of it is submerged) rising 33,100 feet – more than twice the height of Mount Everest!

Finding Adventure in Hawaii

The Mauna Kea observatory

Mauna Kea is home to the enormous Onizuka Center for International Astronomy, where you can take guided tours up to the summit (about an 8-hour journey). But if you’re not keen on frigid day-long ascents, or if you just don’t have time for the climb, that’s okay! The Four Seasons, as well as many other resorts on the island, regularly invite expert astronomer Wayne Fukunaga (and his telescope) to share his knowledge with the visitors. It’s a very educational — and far less exhausting way to stargaze.

Finding Adventure in Hawaii

Scuba divers take note! If you’ve never tried a night dive, this is the place to do it. Multiple Kona diving facilities offer what’s called “dinner with the manta rays” (don’t worry, you’re not the dinner). It’s an amazing experience to be in the water with these shy sea creatures. The adults have wingspans of over 12 feet and can weigh as much as an elephant. Each manta has a descriptive pattern on its underside, and over 100 of these have been identified and studied. While I was there, three new ones were added to the list. If you’re a diving enthusiast, you won’t want to miss this one of a kind experience.

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Stefanie is a professional travel writer and self described “Adventure Girl”. Based in LA, and charged by the smell of jet fuel, our travel expert continues to travel the world seeking out unique and interesting adventures to share with viewers for such shows as CNN, UPN, ABC and NBC. Her writings have appeared in newspapers and magazines such as Razor, FW, and The New York Times. Her quote to live by comes from Amelia Earhart, “If someone asks you on an adventure, don’t refuse it!”

Reader Discussion: 84 Comments

  1. Trisha Muller

    I actually can’t put my feelings for Hawaii into words. It’s my favorite place in the world to go on vacation. the beach, the foods. oh especially the pineapples! I so love every little thing about Hawaii.

  2. Nadine Clinton

    Bruuuuh!!! i’m like sooooo wanting to surf them waves from ha-WA-I-I! thank’s for this heads up, will hook up with the crew and be on that island STAT! this legit awesomesauce!

  3. I love Hawaii, not for the beaches or the resorts. Having lived in San Diego the last 19 years… I can claim some of the finest beaches in La Jolla, etc. I love white pineapples smoothies and the plethora of edible fruits that grow all over like liquoi (sp?) and strawberry guava. I love that in particular, the BI is recreating itself constantly. I love the people and their strength and beauty. And how life moves slower than everywhere else. I love jumping off waterfalls into cool pools. I love being able to see fish that I have only previously seen in fish tanks. I love the frogs in Hilo when it rains. Hey, I might even love the roosters on Kauai, but that is probably a bit of a stretch. I am totally addicted.

  4. Agnes Hoots

    I am from Brazil. I just came back from Hawaii a week ago. It’s an amazing place. I went there for a wedding, it is was very beautiful. I am missing it already.

  5. Bela Christo

    The Filipino immigrant has ruined Hawaii they’re the majority now. It should be called Filipino island now.

  6. Anila William

    The most overrated place to travel to. Been there and wasn’t a fan.

  7. Cristina Joseff

    So beautiful!! A lot to see and do. culture, history, nature, entertainment, cuisine, and shopping. Can’t wait to visit Hawaii.

  8. Nancy Smith

    OMG!! this place sounds so amazing. It’s my dream to be there one day. I am saving money for that. And hopefully, I will get there soon.

  9. Quin Meri

    I’m moving Hawaii some day.

  10. When I take vacations, I take into consideration the weather of that destination. One thing I love Hawaii is that they have the best weather (in the world, in my opinion). There’s something about the wind that whenever it touches your skin, you feel twice as relaxed and it feels twice as good to be walking on white sand, yellow sand, red sand and even green sand beaches in Hawaii.

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