Gentedimontagna Favorites : Hawaii (Big Island) Sites

1. Mauna Kea

Mauna Kea

The highest peak on the island and internationally known as one of the world's best places to observe stars. The drive requires a 4WD and an indifference to hairpin turns with plunging edges and no guardrails. The top is freezing cold, but the sunset is spectacular. In the winter, locals use their surfboards to sled down its snowy flanks.

Mauna Kea Access Rd. (off Hwy 200)
Hilo, HI 96720

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2. Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden

Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden

A private paradise on the east side of the island, with a hefty entry fee of $15. But it's Hawaiian beauty distilled — spectacular plants condensed into a walkable hideaway.

27-717 Old Mamalahoa Hwy
Papaikou, HI 96781

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3. Kapoho Tide Pools

Kapoho Tide Pools

Interconnected tidal pools deep enough to swim and snorkel in. Some are volcanically heated, reaching up to 90 degrees. Water shoes recommended for walking on the rough and slippery rocks.

Wai'opae Rd.
Kapoho, HI 96778

4. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Home to active volcanoes, miles of hiking trails, hissing steam vents, and the occasional cinematic opportunity to see flowing lava.

Hwy 11
Hawaii National Park, HI 96718

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