Hawaii adventures - suggestions?


Well-known member
May 21, 2007
I'm heading to the big island for about a week. Splitting my time roughly 50/50 between Kona and Puna. After doing some homework I've made a list of things I want to do:

  • sea kayaking/snorkeling with the dolphins near Capt Cook monument
  • night swim with the manta rays
  • mountain biking
  • exploring southern end by green sand beach
  • snorkeling at Honaunau
  • volcanoes national park
  • checking out some waterfalls
This is a pretty full schedule but I'm open to other suggestions in case there is anything really spectacular that I should try to work into the mix. Specifically: any particular waterfalls worth visiting - preferably involving some hiking to get to? Places to eat in Kona? Best way to see either of Mauna Loa/Mauna Kea?

I'm renting an X-Terra so I'll be able to access more remote areas.


Well-known member
Jan 14, 2012
Wish I could be more helpful, but a lot our meager big island time was spent trekking to and playing all the golf courses on the westside 😁 (FWIW Makalei may be the coolest course I've ever played)

Waimea is a neat little relaxed old school paniolo town that could be worth a drive through.

Honestly, the big island is so big and has so many different climate zones, it's hard to go wrong just driving around and exploring.