Explore Hawaii Island
The beautiful Island of Hawaii is unlike anywhere on Earth. Experience active Volcanoes, watch Humback Whales, Spinner Dolphins and Manta-rays, swim with Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles (Honu) and hike tropical rainforests.
Here a few beaches in the Hilo area that we love.
Black-sand beach that is wonderful for snorkeling, swimming, diving, surfing, fishing and picnicking. You may see Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles, or Honu and Humuhumunukunukuāpuaʻa.
Carlsmith Beach Park is a favorite place to swim and snorkel close to Hilo. Lava and a coral reef protect the inner swimming area, think tropical swimming pool. This is a great place to bring your kids.
Coconut Island, or Moku Ola, is a small island in Hilo Bay, just offshore from Lili’uokalani Park and Gardens, in Hilo. Most commonly known as Coconut Island in Hilo, literally it means ‘healing island.’ Moku meaning island and ola meaning life.
Waterfalls near Hilo.
Rainbow Falls in Hilo is best visited early in the morning when the suns angle produces a beautiful rainbow in the falls. The falls are easily accessable with plenty of parking and no entrance fee.
Akaka Falls State Park, located above the former plantation town of Honomu. You can see two gorgeous waterfalls on one short hike through lush rainforest filled with wild orchids, bamboo groves and draping ferns.
Akaka Falls plummets 442-feet into a pool and is perhaps the island of Hawaii’s most famous waterfall. It’s easily accessible and the hike takes less than an hour.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, at its heart are the Kīlauea and Mauna Loa active volcanoes. The Crater Rim Drive passes steam vents and the Jaggar Museum, which features volcanology exhibits and a viewpoint overlooking Halema’uma’u Crater. Thick ferns mark the entrance to the Thurston Lava Tube. The Chain of Craters Road weaves over lava. Trails crisscross the park.
Seeing the lava in person is a once in a lifetime experience. Since 2007, a surface lava flow from Kilauea Volcano has been flowing in the East Rift Zone, where lava flows are streaming out of the Puʻu ʻŌʻō vent. Lava flow activity and location can change daily and requires precaution.