The Big Island, HI, USA

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The Big Island, HI, USA

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Tropical Island Condos in Big Island Hawaii

Hilo is the largest landmass in Hawaii's archipelago. Lavish condos are home base for tourists once they reach the Big Island. Magnificent windows face the Pacific Ocean with expansive lanais and hot tubs. Gourmet kitchens or outdoor chef grills are surrounded by fire pits and outdoor showers. Authentic Bali huts are included with oceanfront accommodations that add Polynesian flair.

Spend Time in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

There is nothing like this national park. It is home to the largest region of active and dormant volcanoes in the United States. Tours can be self-guided or with park rangers. They include hikes to waterfalls and the crest of dormant volcanoes with turquoise pools of water. The Hamakua Coast is in the northeast section with high cliffs jaw-dropping views. The volcano Mauna Kea flows to the larger Mauna Loa in the south. The scenic Hawaii Belt Highway winds its way through the park and around the island.

Natural Wonders Attractions

As the only archipelago in the United States, the big island of Hawaii is a biodiversity sphere. This includes the topography, sea life, fauna, and flora species.

  • Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo: This is the only rain-forest zoo in the United States and home to Monarch Butterflies. The 12 acres is filled with exotic species including giant anteaters and two-toed sloths. Three varieties of lemurs and monkeys are more examples of the diversity on the compound. Amphibians include the poison dart frog and ornate horned frog. Gardens bursting with the colors of various palms and orchids dart the habitat. The most impressive species are the birds with toucans, macaws, peacocks, and others. A petting zoo is available every Saturday afternoon.
  • Wailuku River State Park: The Wailuku River zigzags through the countryside of the big island with spectacular natural wonders. Rainbow Falls is the most majestic of the chain of falls in this park. Visitors staying in the Hilo District are minutes away from a delightful day of hiking and picnics. The Boiling Pots are must-see pools with water bubbling under crashing waterfalls.
  • Nani Mau Botanical Gardens: With the lush soils created from volcano lava, this 22-acre masterpiece is awe-inspiring. The name translates to "forever beautiful". It has hiking trails with native birds singing in the background and palpable fragrances from fruit orchards and ginger gardens. Tour the Anthurium Grove on the way to Makalapua Lookout to take in the splendor of the grounds. Pictures of the Bell Tower will serve as proof for witnessing one of only three of its kind in the world.

Swimming and Snorkeling with Dolphins

Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park is the perfect spot to snorkel and swim with Spinner Dolphins. Scuba diving excursions reveal teems of tropical fish swimming among coral and underwater lava beds. Seaside cliffs reveal lava flows from the past blended with colorful native foliage. Beautiful condos in Captain Cook have access to private beaches and views of the vast Pacific Ocean. Kayaks are the preferred water vessel in this area.

Year-Round Tropical Climate

Any time of the year is an ideal time to visit the Big Island of Hawaii. Ocean breezes keep thermostats around 80, although highs can hit the 90s. Winter temperatures bottom out in the upper 50s from January to March. Pack plenty of beachwear with sandals, sunglasses, and SPF tanning lotion.

Traveling to Hawaii's Big Island

This bucket list getaway starts with flights from airports around the world. Cruise ships are also very popular when it comes to reaching this vacation destination. Once here, tourist can rent a car to facilitate sightseeing. A reservation for a RV is a great way to experience campsites throughout the island.

Attractions In and Around Hawaii (The Big Island)

Looking for things to do while you’re in Hawaii (The Big Island)? Local attractions include Panaewa Rainforest Zoo, Bay View Farm and Kona Pacific Farmers Cooperative. Don’t miss landmarks such as Captain Cook Monument and Hulihee Palace and unique cultural highlights like Imiloa Astronomy Center and Lyman Museum. If some outdoor time is on the agenda, soak up some sun at Hapuna Beach State Park and Kapahukapu Manini Beach or experience the natural beauty of Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

You could easily spend a day shopping at Keauhou Shopping Center, Kings Shops and Parker Ranch Center. Fun activities in the city include Kipuka Puaulu Trail, Halemaumau Trail and Mauna Iki Trail. Other popular places to visit in town include Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site, Akaka Falls and Pacific Tsunami Museum.