The Big Island of Hawai'i is a magical place. A land of abundance filled with cascading waterfalls, crystal clear seas and deep valleys that are intricately sculpted with peeks and shadows, showcasing natures history and beauty. The Big Island is a land filled with lush rainforests, endless miles of white, black and even green sand beaches. The spirit of Aloha flows within all of these special places. It is important to show respect for these magnificent places and to the people who have walked here before us, as well as for people who will walk here after us.
Here are five stunningly breath taking places on the Big Island of Hawaii. When visiting these places unplug, unwind and bask in the beauty around you.
1. Waimanu Valley
Waimanu Valley is a seriously beautiful hike, and seriously challenging, but seriously worth it. This hike is 9 miles of constant up-and-down hiking throughout steep, luscious, rainforest filled valleys. This hike takes most people 7-10 hours. Once you trench through to Waimanu Valley, set up camp and feast your eyes on one seriously ravishing view.
Although there is so much beauty along the way to see, hikers need to be extremely careful on this trek. Take weather into consideration. If it's been raining several days in a row, hold off on hiking to Waimanu Valley, as the steep valleys can become very muddy and dangerous. If possible, go with someone who has hiked this trail before.
What makes Waimanu Valley even more spectacular, is once you get there, you can adventure back even further into the valley. You will discover crystal blue waters under humungous cascading waterfalls.
2. Papakolea Beach (Green Sand Beach)
Papakolea Beach, or more commonly known as Green Sands Beach is located near the southern tip of the Big Island. This beach is known for it's unique, sparkling olive colored sand called olivine. It's like your walking on glistening jewels.
The olive green color is actually caused by eruptions from what once was a volcano. The hike alone is about 2-3 hours, unless you can catch a ride with one of the locals in the back of their truck.
3. Hi'ilawe Falls
Hi'ilawe Falls is one of the most traveled and famous waterfalls tucked away in Waipio Valley. Depending on who you ask, the waterfall is 1,200 to 1,600 feet tall. This gorgeous site however, is located on private property. Because of this, you are not legally allowed to hike to the falls without permission from the land owners. Lush, green and serene; Hi'ilawe Falls is definitely a site to see, given proper permission.
4. Pololu Valley
This magnificent valley is one of the most magnificent hikes you can take on the Big Island of Hawaii. It's one of the oldest parts of the island with lush valleys that overlook a stunning, long black sand beach. This hike is medium difficulty, and takes about 30-45 minutes to hike each way.
The entire hike is picturesque with breathtaking views of the ocean and valleys. With plenty of room to roam and discover, you will surly connect with mother nature in a new way at Pololu Valley.
A beautiful view on the hike down to Pololu Valley.
Pololu Valley Sunrise
5. Akaka Falls Trail
One of the Big Island's most popular waterfalls is accessible with just a short, easy hike on a looped trail outside of Hilo. Discover Akaka Falls which plummets 442 feet with beauty and force. Breathe in the fresh rainforest air and capture one of the Big Island's most beautiful experiences.
Which of these hikes have you ventured on? How was your experience? Let us know in the comments section below!