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Category Archives: Activities on the Big Island

Yachting on the Islands

yachting on the islands

Yachting on the Islands

The Hawaiian Islands offer some of the best sailing in the world and is one of the many reasons that draws people to come to Hawaii and make it their permanent home. Waikiki offers steady wind and a relatively calm bay for sailing and power boating all year. Diving, snorkeling, and swimming off your boat in the crystal-clear water is something everyone loves to do. It really is living the dream lifestyle! However, with the limited slips and moorings available on Oahu, let’s talk about where you can keep your boat when you live on Oahu.

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Living on the Big Island

living on the big island

Hawaii Island has always been a want-to-go destination for adventure travelers worldwide and in recent years more and more people are deciding to move to the Big Island to live out their dreams.

It’s no surprise that this is so as Hawaii has a lot to offer with an active volcano that can be biked, hiked and explored; the world’s tallest mountain, Mauna Kea that has an altitude of 4,205 meters (13,796 feet).

And, that is only the beginning of what there is to see and do on the Big Island from tropical rain-forests, towering waterfalls and lava tubes… Read More

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What to Do at Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Volcanic Eruption

No trip to the Big Island is complete without a visit to the world famous Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. The only park of it’s kind, visitors from all over the world come to watch lava erupt from the deepest crevices of the earth. There are currently several active lava flows available for public viewing. While you could easily spend several days enjoying everything the park has to offer, we’ve picked out a few must-do activities that we recommend to everyone who visits. Whether it’s your first trip to the Big Island or your tenth, you’re sure to enjoy these adventures… Read More

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The Ultimate Big Island Vacation Checklist

couple kayaking on sea big island vacation checklist

So little vacation time, so much to see and do. The Big Island draws hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world every year to our black sand beaches, picturesque coves, and tropical sunshine. Many people come for the umbrella drinks and end up staying for the laid-back, active lifestyle our island can provide. But if you’re on vacation and only have a few days to pack in lots of fun, here are the activities you really can’t miss.

1) Kayak and snorkel in  Kealakekua Bay

Kealakekua Bay boasts some of the most… Read More

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Kona royal and red-letter


Kona royal and red-letter – The Big Island’s historic west coast offers more than just scenery

Over the past 600+ years West Hawaii has been a focal point for many touchstone events in the history of the archipelago State.

Famous for much more than just coffee, the Kona-Kohala Coast is the birthplace of many history-making icons and celebrities alike.  Among them, Hawaii’s first astronaut, Ellison Onizuka, actress Layla Roberts (Beowulf, Armageddon), actor Micah Sherman (Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, My Best Friend’s Girl), and the late pro-wrestler Brian “Crush” Adams.

Over the years it has also become the adopted home of… Read More

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Undersea Adventures


Wonders await just under the waves off the Kona coast

Whether it’s ecotourism or just adventure-seeking, the oceans off the west coast of the Big Island offer an experience like no other on earth.

Conscientious Undersea Adventures thrill-seekers and environmentalists alike flock to the Big Island’s Kona coast to experience exotic, threatened, natural environments and observe the undersea wildlife.

“If there is one place on the planet that seems ideally suited for eco-tourism and sustainable travel, it’s Hawaii,” says Frommer’s, one of the world’s leading travel guide publications, “a place people visit because of the ecology – the ocean … and… Read More

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Vacation SOS: What to Do in Hawaii When it Rains

rain over palms trees what to do in Hawaii when it rains

So you planned, packed, flew eight or more hours, and were expecting a sunny, fun-filled beach vacation on the Big Island. And then it started raining. Don’t worry! The less-than-ideal weather conditions will pass through soon enough. In the meantime, here are a few rainy-day activities that you are sure to enjoy.

Kula Kai Caverns

If it’s raining outside, why not explore underground? Head to the south side of the Big Island and go spelunking in the Kula Kai Caverns. This thousand-year-old lava tube is the perfect place for a subterranean adventure. You’ll learn the science behind the formation of… Read More

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Live on the Big Island? Consider Amazing Staycations

Consider a staycation when you live on the Big Island.

When you hear of the state of Hawaii, one thing probably comes to mind above all else: the vacation potential. Every year, millions of people travel to the Big Island to experience the land, the culture and everything in between for themselves. The majority of these people are satisfied with a few great photographs and souvenirs to return home with, but have you considered the possibility of moving to live on the Big Island and seeing every sight it has to offer! This concept is called a “staycation” and choosing to create one on the Hawaiian islands could be one of the greatest choices you could ever… Read More

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Enjoy the Outdoors with Big Island Hiking

When you live on the Big Island, there are a lot of fun places to hike.

If you love the outdoors, there is no better state to visit than Hawaii. Filled with sprawling landscapes, clear stretches of ocean, bountiful wildlife and beautiful scenery for miles, there are many ways to enjoy Hawaii from a “woodsy” perspective. A trip to Hawaii is sure to be pleasurable for anyone who enjoys hiking. There are all kinds of routes to take and things to see. If you’re hoping to live on the Big Island and enjoy a good hiking experience, this article will be of great interest to you!

Where Are the Best Hiking Spots?

Kona is home to far more than just valuable Big… Read More

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Big Island Spotlight: National Parks

There are many national parks to visit when you live on the Big Island.

When you think of the state of Hawaii, its sprawling island landscape may be one of the first elements that comes to mind. Like many people, you probably picture lush fauna and exotic wildlife, all of which thrive together against a background of crystalline blue oceans and sunny, clear skies. Hawaii boasts state-wide pride in its landscapes, which it showcases to visitors and citizens alike through its beautiful national parks. If you are interested in getting to know what it’s like to live on the Big Island, visiting and getting to know more about these fantastic portraits of nature is a great way to start researching!

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