Big Island Activities
Soar through the air, splash through the sea, hike for the peak or just lie back and savor the breeze. The Island of Hawaii has every tropical honeymoon activity you can imagine, from watersports and volcano hikes to helicopter rides and good old-fashioned rest, relaxation and romance.
Any Big Island hotel, resort or bed and breakfast worth their salt should be able to recommend great honeymoon activities that are a fit for you, but here are a few ideas you can use to get inspired!
Drive up to the summit of Mauna Kea and bear witness to one of the most magnificent sunset views in the country. At 9,200 feet, stop at the Visitor Information Center to get acclimated and up to date on weather and safety information. The last few miles up are steep and unpaved, but when you reach the top you can snuggle up and see a sunset guaranteed to take your breath away. Hardcore honeymooners can hike up on foot, an epic 10-hour trek to the summit. Oh, and dress warm – it’s chilly at 14,000 feet!
-Volcanoes National Park:
Hike for a day or camp for a week – the Big Island’s Volcanoes National Park is a geologic treasure you’ve got to check out! Snaking lava tubes, holes in the earth belching steam and deep volcanic craters are only the beginning. It’s open 24 hours, so go at night and cuddle beneath the stars. You may see a comet, and feel free to make a wish – but it’ll feel like your dreams have already come true.
Beaches and Views.
-Mauna Kea Beach: Go to Hawaii, and go NOW – the Big Island’s best-kept secret is out. Mauna Kea is one of the most secluded beaches on the Island of Hawaii, and it’s still got plenty of parking and great facilities like bathrooms and showers. It’s a short walk from the parking area, but when you see those turquoise waves you’ll know it was worth it. It’s a hotel beach, but outsiders can get passes at the gate. Being a private beach means a more private experience, making Mauna Kea Beach perfect for a little light honeymoon PDA. Enter via the Mauna Beach Beach Hotel.
-Manini ‘owali Beach (Kua Bay): It gets busy, but boy is it beautiful. Fine white sand, perfect blue water and incredible snorkeling are a few of Manini ‘owali Beach’s biggest draws. The secret is out, but you can find this hidden gem on Highway 19, through an unmarked gate at mile 88 in front of the veteran’s cemetery.
-Pololu Valley Lookout: Hike along the coastal cliffs for romantic views you’ll never forget. Once you reach the lookout you can see the Big Island’s mountains and Maui in the distance. Bring plenty of water because the hike is pretty strenuous! But the reward, one of the most romantic views in Hawaii, is totally worth it. Hey, when you get back to your hotel you’ll have plenty of time for lying on the beach and getting deep massages at the spa. If the beauty of Hawaii is the setting for your honeymoon, the Pololu Valley Lookout is one of the best ways to see it.
Just as on Kauai and the other islands, the Big Island of Hawaii has its share of helicopter tours, boat excursions and sunset cruises. And there’s a good reason – no matter which island you’re on, these are some of the most romantic activities you can book. BodyGlove ‘s dinner cruises operate on the Big Island and they offer packages with perks like live music, a buffet meal and an open bar. Pick from luau cruises, dolphin adventures, whale watching and even an historical dinner cruise.
Dive, whale watch, snorkel or Snuba with Big Island Watersports or with tons of other tour companies. Snuba diving has you going under the deep blue with no tank, just tethered to a raft on the surface that feeds you air. You’ll feel like a couple of fish, exploring the ocean without the hassle, clunky gear and learning curve of Scuba diving! There’s tons of snorkeling and some other watersports you can do on your own, but always check with your hotel what areas are safe for each sport before diving in.
Plenty of couples come back from their honeymoon waxing poetic about the helicopter tour they took…for many, it was the highlight of their romantic getaway! There’s just no better way to see the Big Island of Hawaii than by soaring from above. There are trips for every schedule and budget, like some that focus on volcanoes, others on jungles and others on showing you entire region. For an alternative, board a Cessna with Big Island Air and see the womb of Hawaii – the Big Island’s volcanoes, still active and making the island bigger with their constant lava flows. See the hot stuff oozing into the ocean, steam spraying from the heart of the earth and the breathtaking beauty of the tropics from above.