In a changing world, Hawaii's Big Island beckons travelers with its black sand beaches and simmering lagoons. Hawaii is ready to welcome travelers back to reconnect with it's breathtaking beauty, fascinating culture, and warm hospitality. The Big Island is a vast island paradise, full of unique, open space to explore. If you've been anxiously awaiting to scratch that travel bug again, you're in luck! Here are five once-in-a-lifetime experiences that are perfect right now.
1. Rent a Kayak
There aren't any crowds in the Pacific Ocean! That's why renting a canoe is a perfect way to see the island's coast from a new perspective. You'll find the waters of Hilo Bay or the Kohala Coast to be wonderfully calm and inviting. Views of the Mauna Loa crater also help to make this little excursion dreamy.
2. Get a Shave Ice (and a Kona Coffee)
Shave ice—never called shaved ice or a snow cone here!—is one of Hawaii's sweet staples for both locals and visitors alike. There's nothing quite like it, especially after a day in the sun. Just ask former President Obama. This treat is the perfect way to enjoy outside as you surrender to beautiful views around you. For another aloha specialty, make sure to try a Kona coffee. Hawaii produces some of the best coffee beans in the world, perfect for sipping along the way on your adventures—or as you take a virtual tour of a Kona living history farm.
3. Take an ATV Tour
An ATV tour is a great way to explore some of the harder to access areas on the Big Island. Explore remote parts of the island on a set of wheels that can take you through the stunning cliffs and untangled forests of the gorgeous Kohala coast. ATV tours are great because they allow you to see some of the more secluded areas. We recommend a tour operator who offers private tours so that you won't have to worry about sharing a bus or van with others.
4. See an Active Volcano
A visit to the Kilauea Volcano inside Volcanoes National Park is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see an active volcano. Yes, so much of life will come into perspective as you park yourself in front of this caldera's steam vents. While in the park, you can see Mauna Loa, one of the most active volcanoes on Earth, in person.
5. Put in Some Beach Time
You've never deserved a lazy, carefree beach afternoon more. The place to claim your day of rest, relaxation and letting it all go is one of the Big Island's amazing beaches, Hapuna Beach. This beach is located on Kohala Coast, which is referred to as the Gold Coast of Hawaii because of its stunning scenery and beautiful seaside resorts. There are many beaches along the Kohala Coast from family-friendly to secluded romantic spots perfect for a picnic for two.
No, Paradise Hasn't Changed
While the ground that holds up the Big Island has been shaped and reshaped over the eras, the spirit of this Pacific getaway never changes. Get yourself in front of some volcanoes and perfect shores if you want a vacation that allows you to reflect and unwind. Hawaii's Big Island is simply the perfect place for your comeback vacation. For your own private Hawaiian sanctuary, check out a vacation condo—perfectly designed for those who want both privacy and relaxation. You'll feel like you have your own slice of paradise.