Hawaii Island, sometimes referred to as the Big Island, is a place of diverse possibilities. I’ve played in the snow atop the mountain Mauna Kea and snorkeled off its sunny beaches—on the same day.
I sometimes spend mornings listening to the birds sing themselves awake while a pink and orange tropical sunrise lights the sky over calm, crescent-shaped Hilo Bay. In winter months, we see humpback whales offshore, breaching as they migrate past. At Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, a 45-minute drive from Hilo, friends and I hike across a former (hardened) lava lake in an actual volcanic crater. And on the island’s west side, we bodysurf at white- or black-sand beaches where the sun warms and the trade winds cool.
Hawaii Island has so many different types of adventures that you’re sure to find what you enjoy. Here some favorite adventure getaways for a satisfying tropical vacation.