What are the best off the beaten path things to see on the Big Island?
Plan to go see the volcano so that is the only thing on the current to go see list. While I hope to get some great photos, I plan on just enjoying as well, so my wife and I are not big lay on the beach sun-tanners, so we want to go see some things, however, not interested in the crowded standard tourist fare. Really only have 3 days to get out, one will likely be consumed by the National Park and Volcano.
Best beach that is not going to be full of people?
Best Waterfalls to go see?
What other secrets do you know of?
I wanted to thank all here for your advice and contributions to making my trip most excellent!
First, let me say that my wife and I drove all the major highways around the island, so in that respect we got a good sampling of all the geographic features of the Big Island. Holistically both my wife and I were immensely satisfied with our choice to visit that island for the short time we had.
I did end up making a day trip to Honolulu, we did what we call the Hawaii Five O tour of sites just for fun. Lol, in fact, we almost got to see the premier of this season’s first episode, but unfortunately had to catch our return flight. We did see the setup though at the local park where the vent was to occur.
We did not want to do the touristy tour in general, hence the original off the beaten path requests.
We did not get to visit Mauna Kea, and we will have to get that next trip which we will plan to stay much longer. Of course we could see the Telescopes though from several vantage points on our travels around the island.
My favorite place was the black beach at Kalapana, which in itself will give me good cause to return in a few years! This is off the beaten path and something I found online googling and worth a visit if you are going to the Big Island. I cannot compare it to the other two black beaches I found as I did not visit those due to time constraints.
The falls were nice, you can’t really see the taller ones from the park trail, so maybe next time and some additional planning.
There were other beaches we visited off the beaten path, very awesome places. The volcano was ok, definitely not on our to do again list.
I liked the North East the most as everything was so lush. The Northwest as you all noted was very nice as well. The south is much more barren.
I’ll be back one more time with some photos when I get that far, literally hundreds and I am not one to take scores of pictures so I am sure of them all their will be a dozen keepers that I can eventually share.
I believe though that Hawaii is a wonderful place to go photography wise so maybe next time I will have more time to take a more selective set of pictures.
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