Highlights of Big Island Hawaii

CosmopoliClan presents:

What makes this island so unique

- Mighty volcanoes - Spectacular waterfalls - Verdant valleys - Abundant underwater life - Fragrant flowers - Sun-drenched beaches

...  and a touch of

Palm Leaf

Aloha

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

- Hike the Kilauea Iki Trail - Drive the Chain of Craters road - Visit the Thurston Lava Tube

Waipi'o Valley

The "Valley of the Kings" is the southernmost of seven verdant valleys hidden in the Kohala mountains

Rainbow Falls

- In Wailuku River State Park - On a clear morning, as the sun faces the waterfall, a rainbow forms on the spray

Punalu'u beach

- Black sand beach - Consists of crushed lava - Absorbs more heat - Attracts honu = Hawaiian turtles

Puʻuhonua o Honaunau

This National Historical Park is the former place of refuge, housing a temple, fishpond & thatched huts

Kealakekua Bay

Marine Life Conservation Site and one of the top spots for snorkeling and for spotting spinner dolphins 

Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden

Over 2,000 species of tropical plants from all over the world brought together at Onomea Bay

Papakolea Beach

- Green sand beach - Consists of fragmented olivine mineral formed during lava solidification

Lava flows

- See how the hot lava clashes with the cold ocean water - By boat (licenced) or helicopter - Depends on the volcanic activity

'Akaka Falls

- Tropical setting of lush rainforest with giant ferns and fragrant flowers - Well-paved meandering trail

Swim with turtles

- Honu hang out at a scenic lagoon in Hilo town - Never touch the turtles

Banyan trees

In Wailuku River State Park, right next to Rainbow Falls, is a hidden patch of jungle with the most magnificent banyans

Maunakea stargazing

- At the astronomical Onizuka observatory (9,200 feet) - At the summit (13,796 feet)

snorkel with manta rays

- After dark they feed on plankton - Snorkelers hold on to a lit up flotation device

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