The Big Island of Hawaii has things to do and places to see for everyone. Sometimes, the best vacations are laid back with nothing on your to do but reading your favorite book. If that's the case, just find your favorite beach and relax—Need help? Check our Big Island Beach Guide. But, if you're interested in exploring and you want to experience more of Big Island Hawaii and the things to do there, you'll want check out some of these unique places that make the Big Island such an interesting place to visit.
Otherwise, here are some of the unique spots to check out that make the Big Island such an amazing destination for everyone from relaxation enthusiasts to adventure junkies…
From seashore to nearly 14,000 feet in a short drive. The top of Mauna Kea is one of Hawaii's most sacred places and home to world-class observatory telescopes. An amazing view by day and stargazing like you've never done at night.
Once the home of Hawaiian royalty. Drive or hike down into Waipio Valley where you'll find waterfalls, a mile-long black sand beach, lush rain forrest, taro fields and more.
Just a short car ride south of downtown Kailua-Kona is Kealakekua Bay. It's famous for beautiful ocean views, Kona Coffee, great food and Hawaiian history.
It's almost always sunny in Kailua-Kona on the west side of the Big Island. Check out shopping, dining and amazing sunset views.
Take a break from the sunny Kona side and explore verdant Hilo with it's spectacular gardens and waterfalls.
The southernmost point on the Big Island and the entire United States. Fearless cliff jumpers take the plunge and the rest of us enjoy the view.
This impressive waterfall on the Island's green east side is easy to get to and features some nice trails through bamboo rainforest.
Smaller than Akaka Falls but very pretty. The name comes from the fact that you can sometimes see a rainbow over the falls.