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Diamond Head Crater Hike, Hawaii

Diamond Head Crater Hike Hawaii

Diamond Head Crater Hike

Enjoy panoramic views of the Waikiki shoreline on the Diamond Head Crater Hike. Follow the rugged trail up to the top of an extinct volcano.

The Diamond Head Summit Trail or Diamond Head Crater Hike is a short trail in Diamond Head State Monument.

Diamond Head Crater Hike Hawaii

From the parking lot on the crater floor, the trail to the summit is 0.8 mile (1.3 km) one way and climbs 560 feet (171 m) in elevation.

Diamond Head Crater Hike Hawaii

There is a paved concrete walkway for a distance of 0.2 miles at the start of the hike. After this, the the trail becomes uneven and steep, requiring caution and appropriate footwear.

Diamond Head Crater Hike Hawaii

There are steep stairways on the trail and one section of the trail goes through a long, narrow tunnel (which is lighted).

Diamond Head Crater Hike Hawaii
The trail length is 1.6 miles (round trip). Estimated time to complete the trail is 2 hours.

Diamond Head Crater Hike Hawaii

The walk is classed as “moderate” in difficulty. There are some very steep sections.

Diamond Head Crater Hike Hawaii

The Diamond Head Crater Hike was built in 1908 as part of Oʻahu’s coastal defense system. At the summit of Leʻahi (Hawaiian name for Diamond Head Crater), you’ll find bunkers on the crater rim and a navigational lighthouse built in 1917 along the coast outside the crater. You may catch a glimpse of passing humpback whales.

Diamond Head Crater Hike Hawaii

Directions
The trailhead is adjacent to the parking lot within Diamond Head State Monument. The entrance is off Diamond Head Road between Makapu’u Avenue and 18th Avenue, Honolulu. Fees apply for parking.

Diamond Head Crater Hike Hawaii

Due to the popularity of the Diamond Head hike, bookings are required. Book here.

Diamond Head Crater Hike Hawaii

Additional Information
No bikes
No dogs
Stay on the trail
Restrooms available in carpark
Picnic tables
Concession stand

Diamond Head Crater Hike Hawaii

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Read more about Diamond Head Summit Trail

 

More things to do in Hawaii

Visit Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa.
Read what to expect when visiting
Aualni, a Disney Resort and Spa.
Tips for visiting the
Polynesian Cultural Center on Oahu.
Hike to the top of an extinct volcano on the Diamond Head Crater Trail.
Enjoy a fancy afternoon tea at the Moana Surfrider.
See where the Jurassic park movies were filmed on an ATV tour at Kualoa Ranch.

Read about the best things to do on Maui.
Visit the
Surfing Goat Dairy on Maui.
Check out turtles at the
Maui Ocean Center.
Drive to the
summit of Haleakala on Maui.

Find the best things to do in Hilo, Hawaii
Visit Coconut Island, Hilo
Enjoy Liluokalani Gardens in Hilo
See the Captain Cook Monument and Kealakula Bay
Get a glimpse of the past at the Waikoloa Petroglyphs
Get the best things to do on the Big Island of Hawaii
See a volcano up close at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Visit Rainbow Falls, Hilo
See a majestic waterfall at Akaka State Park, Hilo Hawaii
See turtles on
Punaluu Black Sand Beach, Hawaii
Swim with giants on a manta ray night snorkel, Hawaii
See lava and land at the foot of a waterfall on a
helicopter tour
Hold a seahorse at Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm Kona Hawaii

Kualoa Ranch ATV Raptor Tour Review

Kualoa Ranch ATV Raptor Tour Review

Kualoa Ranch 2 Hour UTV Raptor Tour

Explore the scenic 4,000-acre Kualoa Ranch on an ATV Raptor tour. See behind the scenes of movies and TV shows.

Kualoa Ranch ATV Raptor Tour Review

Kualoa is a 4,000-acre private nature reserve and working cattle ranch on the windward side of Oʻahu in Hawaiʻi. Located around 24 miles from Honolulu, and 32 miles from Haleiwa, it is a popular tourist attraction and filming location.

Kualoa Ranch ATV Raptor Tour Review

There are lots of tour options at Kualoa Ranch which take in the scenery, history and behind-the-scenes movie magic. Every tour takes you somewhere different on the ranch so you can’t really go wrong with any of them – I would actually recommend doing several tours if time allows because the ranch is fascinating and also spectacularly beautiful.

Kualoa Ranch ATV Raptor Tour Review

On this trip we did the Kualoa Ranch 2 Hour UTV Raptor Tour. The tour takes place in multi-passenger UTV vehicles. It’s a guided tour with the guide up front leading the chain of UTVs through valleys and along dirt roads into remote areas. Each raptor holds between 2 and 6 people (depending how many kids are in your party). The tour stops frequently to point out places of interest and to take photos.

Kualoa Ranch ATV Raptor Tour Review

We particularly enjoyed the many stops to see Jurassic Park / World filming locations.

Kualoa Ranch ATV Raptor Tour Review

Note from Kualoa Ranch:

Get ready for a DUSTY & DIRTY adventure ! Tours go out rain or shine, so we recommend checking the weather and bringing a change of clothes if necessary.
Minimum driver age is 21 years old. Minimum rider age is 5 years old.
Drivers must have a valid driver’s license and may be liable for any damages to the Raptors if damage is caused by negligence or recklessness.
A liability waiver must be signed by all guests prior to departing on the tour.
When reserving online, one vehicle is reserved for every 6 guests included in the reservation.
We suggest wearing appropriate clothing, footwear and bringing sunglasses.
Advanced reservations are recommended as tours may sell out.
2-hour tour time includes training and safety briefing

Kualoa Ranch ATV Raptor Tour Review

My tips:
Tours do sell out in advance so be sure to book as soon as you know your dates. If your plans change you will be able to change to another tour without a fee as long as the tour you want to switch to is available.

Kualoa Ranch ATV Raptor Tour Review

Arrive early as the check in spot for all the tours is the one queue and can take a while.
Go to the bathroom before your tour as there are no restrooms along the way.

Kualoa Ranch ATV Raptor Tour Review

Bring your own face mask or gator to protect your mouth and nose from dust (some guests on tours are provided with a complimentary gator however we were not).

Kualoa Ranch ATV Raptor Tour Review

Wear your own sunglasses or the goggle provided to protect your eyes from the dust.

Kualoa Ranch ATV Raptor Tour Review

As soon as you’ve checked in for your tour, head to the desk for your tour to mark your name off and secure your place in the queue for your tour. First come first in the UTV line – and the further you are down the back of the line, the most dust will get kicked up onto your UTV.

Kualoa Ranch ATV Raptor Tour Review

You will get absolutely filthy dirty. Be prepared and enjoy the experience.

Kualoa Ranch ATV Raptor Tour Review

Bring water and wet wipes to clean yourself up with afterwards.

Kualoa Ranch ATV Raptor Tour Review

Leave plenty of time to drive across to the ranch and park. Traffic can be brutal.

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Kualoa Ranch
49-560 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe, HI 96744
https://www.kualoa.com/toursactivities/atv-raptor-tours-2-hour/

More things to do in Hawaii

Visit Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa.
Read what to expect when visiting
Aualni, a Disney Resort and Spa.
Tips for visiting the
Polynesian Cultural Center on Oahu.
Hike to the top of an extinct volcano on the Diamond Head Crater Trail.
Enjoy a fancy afternoon tea at the Moana Surfrider.
See where the Jurassic park movies were filmed on an ATV tour at Kualoa Ranch.

Read about the best things to do on Maui.
Visit the
Surfing Goat Dairy on Maui.
Check out turtles at the
Maui Ocean Center.
Drive to the
summit of Haleakala on Maui.

Find the best things to do in Hilo, Hawaii
Visit Coconut Island, Hilo
Enjoy Liluokalani Gardens in Hilo
See the Captain Cook Monument and Kealakula Bay
Get a glimpse of the past at the Waikoloa Petroglyphs
Get the best things to do on the Big Island of Hawaii
See a volcano up close at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Visit Rainbow Falls, Hilo
See a majestic waterfall at Akaka State Park, Hilo Hawaii
See turtles on
Punaluu Black Sand Beach, Hawaii
Swim with giants on a manta ray night snorkel, Hawaii
See lava and land at the foot of a waterfall on a
helicopter tour
Hold a seahorse at Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm Kona Hawaii

High Tea at the Moana Surfrider, Waikiki Hotel, Hawaii

High Tea at the Moana Surfrider, Waikiki Hotel, Hawaii

High Tea at the Moana Surfrider, Waikiki Hotel, Hawaii

Enjoy a luxurious afternoon high tea on the Verandah of the iconic hotel, the Moana Surfrider, in Waikiki, Hawaii.

High Tea at the Moana Surfrider, Waikiki Hotel, Hawaii

The Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, is located on Waikiki Beach. It is often called the “First Lady of Waikiki”. The Victorian-style hotel hosts an afternoon tea Friday through Sunday on the Verandah.

High Tea at the Moana Surfrider, Waikiki Hotel, Hawaii

Choose from a range of elegant tea sets including a vegan and gluten-free offering, plus a keiki option for kids.

High Tea at the Moana Surfrider, Waikiki Hotel, Hawaii

Moana Classic Tea
per person – $ 69

Savoury Selection
Curry Chicken Salad Croissant
Roasted chicken breast, mixed with curry aioli, mango chutney
Ham and Pimento Cheese Sandwich
Sliced ham, pimento cheese, on white bread
Hamakua Mushroom Tart
Gruyere cheese, cherry tomato confit
Salmon Mousse
Smoked salmon roe, dill served on blini, toasted sesame seeds
Egg Salad Sandwich
Egg salad with truffles, truffle oil
Sweet Selection
Orange Blueberry Scones
with Lilikoi Curd & Mascarpone Cream
Haupia Roll Cake
Apple Tartine
Tropical Sorbet
Green Tea Opera Cake – new
Passion Orange Guava Tea Macaron – new

High Tea at the Moana Surfrider, Waikiki Hotel, Hawaii

The Duke
per person – $ 71
Surfrider Burger (8 ounce patty, pipikaula), sweet offerings above
Add Kona Longboard, Omiyage Gift +10

The First Lady
per person – $ 85
Glass of sparkling rose, savoury & sweet options above, berries and yogurt and souvenir fan

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Royal Tea
per person – $ 135
Soup du jour or salad, savoury & sweet options above, berries and yogurt, omiyage gift bag, and Tea Infused Mimosa Flight Trio (Passion Orange Guava Tea Mimosa, White Peach Tea Mimosa, and Mango Pineapple Black Tea Mimosa)

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Keiki Tea
per person – $ 35
Nutella and banana on white, turkey on wheat, egg salad sandwich, sweets listed above, choice of juice, soft drink or tea

Gluten Free Tea
per person – $ 69
Moana Tea Salad – Local mixed greens, crispy shallots, fried garlic, sunflower seeds, cherry tomato, pickled chili, sesame seeds, tea infused dressing; Soup and Sandwich – Hamakua tomato gazpacho with taro croquette, avocado, pickled onion, Ho farms tomato tapenade; Gluten Free Sweets – Gluten free chocolate cake, gluten free scones, Banana mochi and Raspberry mousse.

Vegan Tea
per person – $ 69
Moana Tea Salad – Local mixed greens, crispy shallots, fried garlic, sunflower seeds, cherry tomato, pickled chili, sesame seeds, tea infused dressing; Soup and Sandwich – Hamakua tomato gazpacho with taro croquette, avocado, pickled onion, Ho farms tomato tapenade; Vegan Tea Desserts – Vegan chocolate cake, scones, fruit.

High Tea at the Moana Surfrider, Waikiki Hotel, Hawaii

Tea Selection
Select one of our Moana Classic or Traditional Teas
Moana Classic Tea
crafted exclusively for the Moana Surfrider by The Tea Farm
Hawaiian Coconut
Ceylon black, coconut nibs, bold and creamy
Sweet Peach
China white, light, dry and sweet peach
Passion Orange Guava
Local black, Hawaiian nostalgic POG
Mango Pineapple
Local black, sweet and tangy
Traditional Tea
Emerald Jasmine Pearls
China, hand rolled perfumy jasmine
Classic Earl Grey
English style black, citrus, bergamot orange
Indian Darjeeling
India, thin bodied muscatel
Herbal Rooibos
South African, earthy black (decaffeinated)

High Tea at the Moana Surfrider, Waikiki Hotel, Hawaii High Tea at the Moana Surfrider, Waikiki Hotel, Hawaii

Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa
2365 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Inquiries: (808) 921-4600
Afternoon tea is served Fri-Sun 11:30am-2:30pm
https://www.verandawaikiki.com/specials

More things to do in Hawaii

Visit Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa.
Read what to expect when visiting Aualni, a Disney Resort and Spa.
Tips for visiting the Polynesian Cultural Center on Oahu.
Explore movie sets on a Kualoa Ranch Raptor Tour.
Hike to the top of an extinct volcano on the Diamond Head Crater Trail.
Enjoy a fancy afternoon tea at the Moana Surfrider.

Read about the best things to do on Maui.
Visit the Surfing Goat Dairy on Maui.
Check out turtles at the Maui Ocean Center.
Drive to the summit of Haleakala on Maui.

Find the best things to do in Hilo, Hawaii
Visit Coconut Island, Hilo

Enjoy Liluokalani Gardens in Hilo
See the Captain Cook Monument and Kealakula Bay

Get a glimpse of the past at the Waikoloa Petroglyphs
Get the best things to do on the Big Island of Hawaii
See a volcano up close at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Visit Rainbow Falls, Hilo
See a majestic waterfall at Akaka State Park, Hilo Hawaii
See turtles on Punaluu Black Sand Beach, Hawaii
Swim with giants on a manta ray night snorkel, Hawaii
See lava and land at the foot of a waterfall on a helicopter tour
Hold a seahorse at Ocean Rider
Seahorse Farm Kona Hawaii

Things to do on the Big Island Hawaii

Big Island of Hawaii

The Best Things To Do on the Big Island of Hawaii

The island of Hawaiʻi, usually known to tourists by its nickname the Big Island of Hawaii, is the youngest and largest island in the Hawaiian chain. Nearly twice as big as all of the other Hawaiian Islands combined, a visit to the island can include a trip through wet tropics, to massive volcanoes and lava fields, up to the snow-capped heights of Maunakea and down to jet-black sand beaches.

Being such a big island, the attractions are extremely spread out. I would recommend hiring car and also spending time on both sides of the island if time allows to see more what makes the Big island so special.

HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK DAY TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, on the Big Island, to walk through lava tubes, see ancient petroglyphs and walk around the rim of Kilauea volcano.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is home to two of the five volcanoes on the Big Island – Kilauea and Mauna Loa – which are also among the most active volcanoes in the world.

Due to the nature of the unpredictable nature of volcanoes, you may or may not see lava flow or glow during your visit. Check the website before you plan your visit if this is the primary reason for going. No matter if you do or don’t see lava, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is absolutely worth visiting.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is so big that you could easily spend a few days exploring. If you are pressed for time however, it is possible to see highlights on a day trip to the park.

Read more about things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park here.

RAINBOW FALLS HILO

Rainbow Falls Hilo

Rainbow Falls is located in Hilo, on the Big Island of Hawaii. Named for the rainbows that are often spotted in its mist each morning, Rainbow Falls are 80 feet tall and almost 100 feet in diameter. Waianuenue Falls is its Hawaiian name and means “rainbow seen in water”.

Legends say that the cave beneath the waterfall was the home of Hina, mother of the demigod Maui.

Read more about visiting Rainbow Falls here.

ʻAKAKA FALLS STATE PARK

ʻAkaka Falls State Park

See majestic ʻAkaka Falls, 442 ft high & one of the most iconic waterfalls on the Big Island of Hawaii, & Kahuna Falls in the one short hike.

ʻAkaka Falls State Park is located at the end of End of ʻAkaka Falls Road (Hwy. 220), 3.6 miles SW of Honomū on the northeastern Hilo Coast.

Read more about visiting ‘Akaka Falls State Park here.

PUNALUU BLACK SAND BEACH

PUNALUU Black Sand Beach Hawaii

Punaluu black sand beach, on the Big Island of Hawaii, was once a white sand beach that was turned black by lava flowing over it and into the ocean. The black sand is formed by smooth fragments of lava that cools at it hits the ocean and splits into tiny pieces that, over time, build up to form the black sand beaches.

Punaluu is also a reliable place to see honu (Hawaiian green sea turtles) in the water or on the beach.

Read more about visiting Punaluu black sand beach here.

MANTA RAY NIGHT SNORKEL

manta ray snorkel

Watch giant mantas up close on a manta ray night snorkel in Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii.

The Mobula alfredi species of manta rays that live in the Hawaiian waters are the second largest species of manta rays. They can grow up to a wingspan of 5.5m (18 ft), with the rays around Kona around 12ft.

The Manta rays live in the waters off the Hawaiian islands their entire lives, filtering plankton out of the water with their giant mouths. With life spans of up to 50 years, each manta ray is well known and all of the Kona manta rays have been named.

There are several tour operators and locations where you can enjoy manta ray snorkelling. If you get seasick like I do, I suggest choosing a company that has a short distance to travel from where their boats launch and the manta ray site they visit.

Read more about manta ray night snorkelling here.

HAWAII BIG ISLAND HELICOPTER TOURS – BIG ISLAND SPECTACULAR WITH BLUE HAWAIIAN

Hawaii Big Island Helicopter Tours - Big Island Spectacular with Blue Hawaiian

The best way to see the Big Island’s majestic volcanoes, black sand beaches, lush rainforests and sparkling waterfalls is by air.

See the lava inside the Kilauea volcano, rainforests, beaches and an optional landing at a 1200-ft. waterfall on Hawaii Big Island helicopter tours by Blue Hawaiian.

Read more about the helicopter tour we chose, the Big Island Spectacular with Blue Hawaiian here.

OCEAN RIDER SEAHORSE FARM KONA HAWAII

Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm Kona Hawaii

Get up close to seahorses at Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm in Kona on The Big Island of Hawaii.

Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm is a family-run aqua-farm. They breed and provide farm-reared seahorses to aquariums and hobbiests to protect wild seahorses facing the threat of extinction due to being taken from their homes in the wild.

Read more about visiting the Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm here.

Captain Cook Monument at Kealakekua Bay Viewpoint, Kaelakekua State Historical Park 

Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park

See ancient Hawaiian relics at the Kaelakekua State Historical Park and the 27-foot-high Captain James Cook monument marking his demise at Kealakekua Bay Viewpoint on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Read more about visiting Kaelakekua Bay and the Captain Cook monument here.

Liliʻuokalani Park and Gardens Hilo

liliuokalani gardens

Visit Liliʻuokalani Park and Gardens, the largest authentic ornamental Japanese garden outside of Japan, located southeast of downtown Hilo.

The 24.14-acre park is situated on Banyan Drive, Hilo, on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi. The park’s site was donated by Queen Liliʻuokalani, and lies on the Waiakea Peninsula in Hilo Bay. The park is open 24 hours daily, admission is free.

Read more about visiting Liliʻuokalani Park and Gardens here.

COCONUT ISLAND (MOKU OLA) IN HILO

COCONUT ISLAND (MOKU OLA) IN HILO

Moku ola (Coconut Island) is an island in Hilo bay connected to the mainland by a 250 ft (75 meters) bridge. A beautiful spot to relax for a few hours with a picnic, Moku ola (Coconut Island) has two sandy beaches and tide pools for kids to explore.

Read more about visiting Moku ola (Coconut Island) here.

Spend a few days in Hilo

Hilo

Hilo, Hawaii is the state’s third largest city. It has a laidback, charming “old Hawaii” vibe to it. Today, Hilo is the seat of government of the County of Hawai‘i. It’s also home to stunning waterfalls and a base to explore Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The rainy, humid city of Hilo is a stunning place to visit and well worth spending a few days there for a true Hawaiian experience.

Read more about things to do in Hilo.

Where to stay on the Big Island of Hawaii

I like to stay around the Kailua-Kona area because it’s a vibrant town with lots of local shops and amenities, as well as being centrally located. It feels a lot less touristy than other areas with large resorts, which is the vibe we prefer when we travel.

We really enjoyed the restaurants, shops and farmers market on the waterfront in Kailua-Kona.

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Accommodation

Royal Sea Cliff Kona by Outrigger

On this trip, we stayed in two locations in the Kailua-Kona area. We spent a week at the Royal Sea Cliff Kona by Outrigger, which is vacation rental apartments rather than a traditional hotel. The pros were we were able to get a two bedroom apartment with a full kitchen, two bathrooms and dining and living room for cheaper than a traditional hotel.

The cons however were the location (being slightly further out of town meant we had to drive to any shops and restaurants) and lack of facilities such as onsite restaurants and room service. We drove into town and did grocery shopping at the supermarkets and made out own meals some days in the apartment.

Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel

Marriot King Kamehamehas Hawaii

We also spent one night at the Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel. The reason was we wanted to spend our last night on the island somewhere central to the town and that had full resort facilities such as restaurants and a great pool, plus the sandy beach front.

Marriot King Kamehamehas Hawaii

The Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel was extremely pricey but the location is good and the hotel has a great holiday vibe. We stayed in a room with two queen beds that included breakfast in the waterfront restaurant.

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Read more about things to do on the Big Island of Hawaii.

More things to do on the Big Island of Hawaii

Find the best things to do in Hilo, Hawaii
Visit Coconut Island, Hilo

Enjoy Liluokalani Gardens in Hilo
See the Captain Cook Monument and Kealakula Bay

Get a glimpse of the past at the Waikoloa Petroglyphs
Get the best things to do on the Big Island of Hawaii
See a volcano up close at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Visit Rainbow Falls, Hilo
See a majestic waterfall at Akaka State Park, Hilo Hawaii
See turtles on Punaluu Black Sand Beach, Hawaii
Swim with giants on a manta ray night snorkel, Hawaii
See lava and land at the foot of a waterfall on a helicopter tour
Hold a seahorse at Ocean Rider
Seahorse Farm Kona Hawaii

The best things to do in Hilo, Hawaii

liliuokalani gardens

The Best Things To Do In Hilo

Hilo, Hawaii is the state’s third largest city. It has a laidback, charming “old Hawaii” vibe to it. Today, Hilo is the seat of government of the County of Hawai‘i. It’s also home to stunning waterfalls and a base to explore Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Explore Downtown Hilo

The small downtown district of Hilo is basically two parallel streets with the main waterfront buildings facing Hilo Bay. Stroll down the rows of unique shops, art galleries, boutique stores and delicious local restaurants.

King Kamehameha Statue 

King Kamehameha Statue 

During the reign of King Kamehameha, Hilo served as his first official capitol after unifying the Hawaiian Islands. The 14-foot statue of King Kamehameha was sculpted at the Fracaro Foundry in Vicenza, Italy, in 1963, but was not erected on this site and dedicated until June 1997.

Read more about the King Kamehameha Statue here.

HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK DAY TRIP

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, on the Big Island, to walk through lava tubes, see ancient petroglyphs and walk around the rim of Kilauea volcano.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is home to two of the five volcanoes on the Big Island – Kilauea and Mauna Loa – which are also among the most active volcanoes in the world.

Due to the nature of the unpredictable nature of volcanoes, you may or may not see lava flow or glow during your visit. Check the website before you plan your visit if this is the primary reason for going. No matter if you do or don’t see lava, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is absolutely worth visiting.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is so big that you could easily spend a few days exploring. If you are pressed for time however, it is possible to see highlights on a day trip to the park.

Read more about things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park here.

RAINBOW FALLS HILO

Rainbow Falls Hilo

Rainbow Falls is located in Hilo, on the Big Island of Hawaii. Named for the rainbows that are often spotted in its mist each morning, Rainbow Falls are 80 feet tall and almost 100 feet in diameter. Waianuenue Falls is its Hawaiian name and means “rainbow seen in water”.

Legends say that the cave beneath the waterfall was the home of Hina, mother of the demigod Maui.

Read more about visiting Rainbow Falls here.

ʻAKAKA FALLS STATE PARK

ʻAkaka Falls State Park

See majestic ʻAkaka Falls, 442 ft high & one of the most iconic waterfalls on the Big Island of Hawaii, & Kahuna Falls in the one short hike.

ʻAkaka Falls State Park is located at the end of End of ʻAkaka Falls Road (Hwy. 220), 3.6 miles SW of Honomū on the northeastern Hilo Coast.

Read more about visiting ‘Akaka Falls State Park here.

Liliʻuokalani Park and Gardens Hilo

Liliʻuokalani Gardens Hilo

Visit Liliʻuokalani Park and Gardens, the largest authentic ornamental Japanese garden outside of Japan, located southeast of downtown Hilo.

The 24.14-acre park is situated on Banyan Drive, Hilo, on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi. The park’s site was donated by Queen Liliʻuokalani, and lies on the Waiakea Peninsula in Hilo Bay. The park is open 24 hours daily, admission is free.

Read more about visiting Liliʻuokalani Park and Gardens here.

COCONUT ISLAND (MOKU OLA) IN HILO

COCONUT ISLAND (MOKU OLA) IN HILO

Moku ola (Coconut Island) is an island in Hilo bay connected to the mainland by a 250 ft (75 meters) bridge. A beautiful spot to relax for a few hours with a picnic, Moku ola (Coconut Island) has two sandy beaches and tide pools for kids to explore.

Read more about visiting Moku ola (Coconut Island) here.

Hawai‘i Tropical Bioreserve & Garden

The Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden is a nonprofit botanical garden and nature preserve located on the 4 mile scenic route off of Route 19 at 27-717 Old Māmalahoa Highway, Pāpa’ikou, Hawaii, Hawaii.

Hawai‘i Tropical Bioreserve & Garden

Read more about visiting the Hawai’i Tropical Bioreserve & Gardens here.

Big Island Candies

Visit this Hilo institution for locally-made macadamia candies and cookies. The cookies are delicious and the gelato a must in the Hilo humidity.

Read more about Big island Candies here.

Where to stay in Hilo

We stayed at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel in a corner one bedroom featuring a kitchenette and two queen beds.

The hotel was extremely comfortable and well-located for our few days we spent in Hilo.

Read more about the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel here.

More things to do on the Big Island of Hawaii

Find the best things to do in Hilo, Hawaii
Visit Coconut Island, Hilo

Enjoy Liluokalani Gardens in Hilo
See the Captain Cook Monument and Kealakula Bay

Get a glimpse of the past at the Waikoloa Petroglyphs
Get the best things to do on the Big Island of Hawaii
See a volcano up close at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Visit Rainbow Falls, Hilo
See a majestic waterfall at Akaka State Park, Hilo Hawaii
See turtles on Punaluu Black Sand Beach, Hawaii
Swim with giants on a manta ray night snorkel, Hawaii
See lava and land at the foot of a waterfall on a helicopter tour
Hold a seahorse at Ocean Rider
Seahorse Farm Kona Hawaii

COCONUT ISLAND (MOKU OLA) IN HILO

COCONUT ISLAND (MOKU OLA) IN HILO

COCONUT ISLAND (MOKU OLA) IN HILO

Moku ola (Coconut Island) is an island in Hilo bay connected to the mainland by a 250 ft (75 meters) bridge.

COCONUT ISLAND (MOKU OLA) IN HILO

The island has a few small beaches and a large grassy area with several picnic tables. It’s a popular spot for locals to hang out and teenagers to jump off a 20 foot tower into the water below.

COCONUT ISLAND (MOKU OLA) IN HILO

Moku ola (Coconut Island) is right next to the Queen Liliuokalani Gardens so you can easily visit both at the same time. Read more about visiting the Queen Liliuokalani Gardens here.

COCONUT ISLAND (MOKU OLA) IN HILO

There are clean restrooms on the island and picnic tables available for use.

COCONUT ISLAND (MOKU OLA) IN HILO

While there are two sandy, sheltered beaches on the island suitable for swimming and tide pools for exploring, the water the bay is unfortunately often murky so Coconut Island is not a good place to go snorkeling.

COCONUT ISLAND (MOKU OLA) IN HILO

Moku ola (Coconut Island) is a great place to look back at downtown Hilo for a few photos.

COCONUT ISLAND (MOKU OLA) IN HILO

Set your navigation to 77 Keliipio Pl, Hilo HI 96720 for an address. There is a small parking lot just before the bridge to leave your car.

Read more about visiting Moku ola Coconut Island here.

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Find the best things to do in Hilo, Hawaii
Visit Coconut Island, Hilo

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See the Captain Cook Monument and Kealakula Bay

Get a glimpse of the past at the Waikoloa Petroglyphs
Get the best things to do on the Big Island of Hawaii
See a volcano up close at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Visit Rainbow Falls, Hilo
See a majestic waterfall at Akaka State Park, Hilo Hawaii
See turtles on Punaluu Black Sand Beach, Hawaii
Swim with giants on a manta ray night snorkel, Hawaii
See lava and land at the foot of a waterfall on a helicopter tour
Hold a seahorse at Ocean Rider
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Liliʻuokalani Park and Gardens Hilo

Liliʻuokalani Gardens Hilo

Liliʻuokalani Park and Gardens Hilo

Visit Liliʻuokalani Park and Gardens, the largest authentic ornamental Japanese garden outside of Japan, located southeast of downtown Hilo.

Liliʻuokalani Gardens Hilo

The 24.14-acre park is situated on Banyan Drive, Hilo, on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi. The park’s site was donated by Queen Liliʻuokalani, and lies on the Waiakea Peninsula in Hilo Bay. The park is open 24 hours daily, admission is free.

Liliʻuokalani Gardens Hilo

Liliʻuokalani Park and Gardens was dedicated in 1917 as a tribute to Hawaiʻi’s first Japanese immigrants who worked in the island of Hawaiʻi’s sugar cane fields.

Liliʻuokalani Gardens Hilo

The serene park features arching bridges, rock gardens, fish ponds, pagodas, Japanese stone lanterns and a teahouse. There are plenty of ducks and birds to observe in the gardens.

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Read more about visiting Liliʻuokalani Gardens here.

More things to do on the Big Island of Hawaii

Find the best things to do in Hilo, Hawaii
Visit Coconut Island, Hilo

Enjoy Liluokalani Gardens in Hilo
See the Captain Cook Monument and Kealakula Bay

Get a glimpse of the past at the Waikoloa Petroglyphs
Get the best things to do on the Big Island of Hawaii
See a volcano up close at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Visit Rainbow Falls, Hilo
See a majestic waterfall at Akaka State Park, Hilo Hawaii
See turtles on Punaluu Black Sand Beach, Hawaii
Swim with giants on a manta ray night snorkel, Hawaii
See lava and land at the foot of a waterfall on a helicopter tour
Hold a seahorse at Ocean Rider
Seahorse Farm Kona Hawaii

Captain Cook Monument at Kealakekua Bay Viewpoint, Kaelakekua State Historical Park 

Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park

Captain Cook Monument at Kealakekua Bay Viewpoint, Kaelakekua State Historical Park 

See ancient Hawaiian relics at the Kaelakekua State Historical Park and the 27-foot-high Captain James Cook monument marking his demise at Kealakekua Bay Viewpoint on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park

British explorer Capitan James Cook landed at Kealakekua Bay in January of 1779 to repair a broken mast. Initially relations with the local Indigenous people was reportedly positive, however as the weeks won on, Cook and his men outstayed their welcome. On February 14, 1779, Cook attempted to take the Hawaiian King by force, but the Hawaiians resisted. A Hawaiian nobleman was shot, and Cook and his men were driven back to the shore. It was there in the shallows of the water that Cook was bludgeoned and stabbed to death.

Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park Captain Cook Memorial

An obelisk was set up as a memorial by his fellow countrymen in 1878, on land that, while still technically part of the United States, is owned by the British. A small plaque in the surf marks the exact spot where Cook is believed to have died. Just behind the obelisk in the forest are the ruins of the ancient village of Kaawaloa.

Today the site is a popular location for snorkeling due to its clear and calm conditions. Dolphins, manta rays and tropical fish are commonly seen in these waters.

You can reach the monument via a boat tour, kayak or a 4 mile hike.

Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park

The viewpoint at Kealakekua Bay is a beautiful spot to picnic, spot the obelisk from quite the distance across the bay, and enjoy the ancient Hawaiian landmarks in the Kealakekua State Historical Park. Please respect the historic relics and do not tread on them.

Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park

Read more about visiting the Captain Cook Monument here and here.

More things to do on the Big Island of Hawaii

Find the best things to do in Hilo, Hawaii
Visit Coconut Island, Hilo

Enjoy Liluokalani Gardens in Hilo
See the Captain Cook Monument and Kealakula Bay

Get a glimpse of the past at the Waikoloa Petroglyphs
Get the best things to do on the Big Island of Hawaii
See a volcano up close at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Visit Rainbow Falls, Hilo
See a majestic waterfall at Akaka State Park, Hilo Hawaii
See turtles on Punaluu Black Sand Beach, Hawaii
Swim with giants on a manta ray night snorkel, Hawaii
See lava and land at the foot of a waterfall on a helicopter tour
Hold a seahorse at Ocean Rider
Seahorse Farm Kona Hawaii

Hawaiian Big Island Waikoloa Petroglyphs

Waikaloa Petroglyph Field

Hawaiian Big Island Waikoloa Petroglyphs

Petroglyphs, or kiʻi pōhaku, are lava rock carvings etched into stone centuries ago by Native Hawaiians. Carvings can be found at various sites around the Big Island of Hawaii, such as the Waikaloa Petroyglyph Field.
Waikaloa Petroglyph Field
While the true meanings of the petroglyphs are unknown, it is thought that the carvings of human forms, canoes, turtles and symbols were used record the births and other significant events in the lives of the ancient Hawaiians.
Waikaloa Petroglyph Field

Some petroglyphs date as far back as to the 16th century, The word “Petroglyph” comes from the Greek words, “petros” for rock, and “glyphein” to carve, Hawaiians call this form of rock art “k’i’i pohaku“, or images in stone.

Waikaloa Petroglyph Field
There are many captivating petroglyphs fields throughout the island of Hawaiʻi, with the Waikoloa Petroglyph Field being one of the best preserved sites.
Waikaloa Petroglyph Field

The Waikoloa petroglyph preserve is one of the two petroglyph fields north of Kailua-Kona (south Kohala). Keep on the designated trail through the lava field to see petroglyphs scattered on the rock face in all directions. Some petroglyphs are recognisable as figures or birds, humans or canoes, as well as cryptic dots and lines. Western influences appear in the form of horses and English initials.

Waikaloa Petroglyph Field

Other nearby petroglyph fields are the Pukao Petroglyph field and the Pu’u Loa petroglyphs near Volcano Village.

Waikaloa Petroglyph Field

To reach the Waikaloa Petroglyphs, from Kailua-Kona, take Highway 19 north for 25 minutes to the first stop light after the airport, and turn left towards the Waikoloa beach resorts. Continue for about a quarter mile and then turn right at the first parking lot next to the gas/petrol station, park and then walk to the right of the station and pick up the Kings trail (also known as the Kiholo Puako trail).

The petroglyphs are located is about a quarter of a mile north of the Waikoloa Kings Shops, located on the Kings walking trail.

Waikaloa Petroglyph Field

When visiting, stay on the designated path and do not touch the petroglyphs. Early morning or late afternoon are the best times to photograph the petroglyphs.

The Waikaloa Petroglyph Field is right in the middle of a golf course, which makes for an interesting location to visit in the middle of a resort area. Look out for golf balls when visiting!

Waikaloa Petroglyph Field

There is a flock of Hawwaiian nene that lives in the golf course area, near the petroglyph area to look out for. The official state bird of Hawaii, the nene is the rarest goose breed in the world.

nene

Read more about petroglyph sites.

More things to do on the Big Island of Hawaii

Find the best things to do in Hilo, Hawaii
Visit Coconut Island, Hilo

Enjoy Liluokalani Gardens in Hilo
See the Captain Cook Monument and Kealakula Bay

Get a glimpse of the past at the Waikoloa Petroglyphs
Get the best things to do on the Big Island of Hawaii
See a volcano up close at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Visit Rainbow Falls, Hilo
See a majestic waterfall at Akaka State Park, Hilo Hawaii
See turtles on Punaluu Black Sand Beach, Hawaii
Swim with giants on a manta ray night snorkel, Hawaii
See lava and land at the foot of a waterfall on a helicopter tour
Hold a seahorse at Ocean Rider
Seahorse Farm Kona Hawaii

The Langham, Melbourne: Hotel Review

The Langham, Melbourne: Hotel Review

The Langham, Melbourne is a five star hotel located on the banks of the Yarra River. It’s ideally located within walking distance of many of the city’s top attractions, and has many amenities that make a stay here a stand-out.

The rooms at The Langham, Melbourne, come with either one king or two twin beds. Families can request a rollaway bed for an additional nightly fee. Warning – the bed is pretty hard!

We love the comfortable king bed at The Langham, and the general decor and ambiance of the hotel. Some points for improvement however would be built-in charging stations or additional wall sockets for device chargers closer to the beds.

Room amenities:

Refrigerated private bar
MP3 dock to play music in room and bathroom
Wardrobes, iron, and ironing board
Media hub to connect your laptop with the TV
Tea and coffee making facilities
42-inch LCD TV with Digital IPTV system
Langham Blissful Bed
Soft Langham bathrobes, slippers, and toiletries
Large marble bathroom, with separate shower and bath
Complimentary nightly turn down service including The Langham bottled water
Free WiFi

The Langham, Melbourne features Melba Restaurant, home to an award-winning buffet (open 6:30am – 11pm, daily) and Aria Bar & Lounge (10am – 11pm, daily), which is where their famed high tea service takes place.

You can read about our high tea experience at The Langham Melbourne, here.

The Langham, Melbourne

Daily buffet breakfast takes place in the Melba Restaurant, and is a highlight for our family of our stay. The buffet includes cooking stations and a chocolate fountain.

The Langham, Melbourne

A stay at the Langham, Melbourne, wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Chuan Spa (6am – 9pm, Monday to Friday; treatments available by appointment only at various hours). We enjoyed a delightful massage during our stay.

The Langham, Melbourne The Langham, Melbourne

The Langham, Melbourne, also has a fitness studio with cardio machines (open 24/7) and a 15-metre long indoor swimming pool (6am – 9pm, Monday to Friday, 8am – 9pm, Saturday and Sunday, 8am – 9pm, Public Holidays).

The Langham, Melbourne

THE LANGHAM, MELBOURNE
1 Southgate Avenue, Southbank, Melbourne, Victoria 3006, Australia
T:61 (3) 8696 8888
E:tlmel.info@langhamhotels.com
langhamhotels.com

Find more things to do in Melbourne here.