Hawaii on a Budget - Affordable Activities on the Big Island of Hawaii

December 13, 2008 · Print This Article

This is the 3rd article on a series of how to travel to Hawaii on a budget.

The Big Island of Hawaii - The largest Hawaiian island and the only one with a currently active volcano, the Big Island has spectacular drives and beaches with colorful villages and two distinctly different sides of the island. The Big Island will be bigger when you leave than when you arrive as the volcano there deposits several square acres of land each year. Be sure to rent a car upon arrival to the island as you will want to do some great exploring on this island. Do like the locals, pack a picnic lunch, your towel, beach mat, sunscreen, mask/snorkle, fins and visor, don your rubber slippers and lets hit the road. BTW the beaches are still free!

• Lapakahi State Historical Park - a historically accurate Hawiian Village offering tours on the North Kohala coast.

• Akaka Falls about 13 miles north of Hilo is actually two waterfalls seen across the valley and one of the most photographed locations in the Islands.

• Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is only $10 per car load. Rangers will lead visitors to locations where nature’s most awesome spectacle can be safely viewed.

• Honaunau Bay is a great place to snorkel.

• The black sand beaches of Punaluu and Kehena are must-see locations for every visitor. The black volcanic sand is simply amazing.

• Waikoloa’s Queen’s Marketplace offers Hawaiian craft classes and entertainment for free.

• The Puako Petroglyph Hike reveals more than 3000 petroglyphs of uncertain, mysterious origin that to this day have not been fully understood.

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