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Sightseeing

The wonders of the Big Island of Hawaii are many should you tire of soaking in the sun and beautiful surroundings at the vacation rental home. The Big Island is home to 10 of the world's climate zones, ranging from verdant rain forests to dry lava fields. Snow adorns the tallest mountain peaks in the winter.

 

Parker Ranch on the Big island of Hawaii
Parker Ranch

 

lava flow across road on the big island

Frozen Rivers of Lava

To the north of the vacation home you can visit the rolling pastures of the Parker Ranch surrounding the cowboy town of Waimea. From there you can travel to the hidden beauty of Waipio Valley or to old sugar plantations. Also from Waimea, the Saddle Road leads to the Keck Observatory on Mauna Kea.

 


tropical flora on the big island of Hawaii

Botanical Gardens

 

 

Continuing around the eastern coast of the island you can see lush botanical gardens and waterfalls around Hilo before you reach the fiery volcano region.

 

Driving south from the vacation rental through the town of Kona you arrive at the crystal clear waters of Captain Cook's Bay, where you can kayak though schools of spinner dolphins to visit Cook's monument. Further south the road passes coffee farms and black sand beaches until it finally disappears under frozen rivers of lava.

 

Volcanoes and VOG

Active Volcano Kilauea
Active Volcano Kilauea

From the grounds of Hale Honu you can see the peaks of five volcanoes, including Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa to the east and Haleakala on Maui to the west.

Fiery lava of Kilauea
Fiery Lava of Kilauea

Visit the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to see Kilauea, the active volcano on the Big Island. Kilauea has been erupting continuously since 1983. A new vent formed at the summit in 2008, emitting steam and fumes that create a murky haze known as "vog". Trade winds carry the vog south. Fortunately, because of the trade winds, Pauao Beach tends to experience less vog at than resorts further south, such as Hualalai, Kukio, and Kona.

 

 

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