The Big Island of Hawaii is a tropical paradise! One way to plan a visit to this island is a photo tour. Here is my list of the Instagram worthy spots that I visited on the Big Island.
Captain Cook Cove
Located at the Captain James Cook Monument, below Kona, this cove is an excellent spot for snorkeling. It has crystal clear, water, beautiful fish, and dolphins! We went on a snorkeling trip to the cove and it was incredible! Dolphins came out to play and were swimming right underneath us. The coastline views and crystal blue water make this an Instagram worthy spot.
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach
Green Sand… need I say more? Located close to the southern tip of the island, there are two ways to get to this beach. Once you park in the public parking lot, you can either walk the 3 mile hike to the beach or pay one of the locals to drive you. The hike isn’t particularly strenuous, but can be difficult in the hot shade. The beach is completely worth it though! For more on this beach, go HERE!
South Point Lookout is the southernmost point in Hawaii. It offers incredible views of the ocean and a wonderful place to just sit and appreciate all that this wonderful planet has to offer. Definitely Instagram worthy!
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
If you’re looking for a resort, there’s no place better than the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. It offers private bungalows and premium ocean views. You can also get up close and personal with wild sea turtles. Just refrain from touching or disturbing them as you get that perfect Instagram photo.
Located in Hilo, you can drive right up to these falls. The waterfall itself is only 80 ft high but it cascades over a beautiful lava cave. If you go early enough on a sunny day, you can catch the rainbow that it’s named after. One notable feature of this waterfall is the legend that goes along with it. It is said to be the home of the ancient Hawaiian goddess, Hina. When you plan a visit here, I’d recommend planning an early morning visit on a sunny day so you can see the rainbow.
Akaka Falls State Park
Akaka Falls State Park is a rainforest paradise. It is located near Hilo and is a bit of a drive, but worth it. The Akaka Falls Loop Trail is an easy walk for beginners. Along the train, you can see Kahuna falls and the Akaka Falls. Did you know, the Akaka Falls are 422 ft high, which is almost 2.5 times as tall as Niagara Falls?!
Pololu Valley is north of Hilo and is home to the Black Sand Beach. This spot offers everything from beautiful views, to gorgeous beaches. You park at the top and walk down a fairly steep trail. At the base of the trail, the walkway opens up to endless green valleys on one side and the black sand beach on the other. Bring a picnic lunch and spend an hour here. It’s gorgeous!
Obviously, these are only a select few favorite spots that I was able to hit during my short visit to the Big Island. Let me know where I should go next in the comments below!