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  • Mauna Kea's Telescopes

    There's a meeting of the minds on the mountaintop, with 13 telescopes operated by astronomers from around the world. Although the telescopes are owned and operated by various countries and organizations, any research team can book time on the equipment.

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  • Whale Watching

    Each winter, some two-thirds of the North Pacific humpback whale population (about 4,000-5,000 animals) migrate over 3,500 mi from the icy Alaska waters to the warm Hawaiian ocean to give birth to and nurse their calves. Recent reports indicate that the whale population is on the upswing—a few years ago one even ventured into the mouth of Hilo Harbor, which marine biologists say is quite rare. Humpbacks are spotted here from early December through the end of April, but other species, like sperm, pilot, and beaked whales, can be seen year-round. Most ocean tour companies offer whale outings during the season, but two owner-operators do it full time. They are much more familiar with whale behavior and you're more likely to have a quality whale-watching experience. If you take the morning cruise, you're likely to see dolphins as well. In addition to the outfitters listed below,Body Glove Cruises offers whale-watching cruises.

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  • Surfing

    The Big Island does not have the variety of great surfing spots found on Oahu or Maui, but it does have decent waves and a thriving surf culture. Local kids and avid surfers frequent a number of places up and down the Kona and Kohala Coasts of west Hawaii. Expect high surf in winter and much calmer activity during summer. The surf scene is much more active on the Kona side.

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  • Stand-Up Paddling

    Stand-up paddling (or SUP for short), a sport with roots in the Hawaiian Islands, has grown popular worldwide over the past few years. It's available for all skill levels and ages, and even novice stand-up paddleboarders can get up, stay up, and have a great time paddling around a protected bay or exploring the gorgeous coastline. All you need is a large body of water, a board, and a paddle. The workout will test your core strength as well as your balance but truly offers a unique vantage point from which to enjoy the beauty of the island and the ocean.

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  • Submarine Tours

    Atlantis Submarines. Want to stay dry while exploring the undersea world? Climb aboard the 48-passenger Atlantis VII submarine anchored off Kailua Pier, across from King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel in Kailua-Kona. A large glass dome in the bow and 13 viewing ports on the sides allow clear views of the aquatic world more than 100 feet down. This is a great trip for kids and nonswimmers. Each one-hour voyage costs $109 for adults. The company also operates on Oahu and Maui. Kailua Pier, Alii Dr., Kailua-Kona, HI, 96740. PHONE: 808/326-7939 or 800/381-0237. www.atlantisadventures.com.

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