Paradise Found on Hawaii’s Big Island Enjoy the lush beauty of the paradise found on Hawaii’s Big Island.
In the Hawaiian Island chain alone, the Big Island of Hawaii is one of the most unique and picturesque islands on Earth. Guided tours of this island are needed since it is too big to explore alone. Further, with guided tours, the tourists themselves can see as much of the fantastic parts of the island as possible.
Most guided tours will have you stay the whole time in Kailua-Kona, which is situated to the western side of the Big Island before allowing you to visit the rest of the island. Many shops are located along Ali’i Drive in downtown Kona. When you come to the quaint little village of Kona itself, you can spend a marvelous time enjoying dining, a picnic on the grass by the ocean and also to enjoy a luau.
As for an adventurous tour, you will be taken on Saddle Road with a four-wheel drive vehicle. This desolate road has many turns and twists, and the volcanoes of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa will definitely flank you on either side. If you are brave enough to explore this adventurous trip, then your first stop should be Mauna Kea itself.
However, most guided tours will not encourage you from taking the trip up Mauna Kea because rental cars almost can’t handle it. So, let them use their own vehicle to bring you up, back and forth along switch back road for approximately one hour, that is, until you reach a small museum at about 9,000 feet which will give you information on the observatories on the volcano. If you take a guided tour of Mauna Kea they won’t stop you here, however, the journey will continue up until you reach about 13,000 feet. Driving can be very tricky during the winter as the ground is covered with snow. At the top, you can capture a breathtaking view of the whole island and you will also observe that the clouds are below you. On the otherwise desolate landscape, the observatories and telescopes appear to be like shining globes.
After descending from the volcano, your trip will continue along Saddle Road if you follow guided tours. There, you can have your lunch at a restaurant in the city of Hilo, which is located on the eastern part of the island. As there is a shopping mall, you can also shop for some souvenirs.
After lunch, of course, your tourist guide will bring you to the Hawaiian Botanical Gardens, which is set near to the shoreline in a jungle-like atmosphere. Your guide will tell you some of the rarest plants of the world are found here. To really enjoy the lush beauty of this place, you could just walk among the creeks and waterfalls.
Then most guided tours will take you along the Hamakua coastline rather than taking you back the way you came. The Hamakua coastline is indeed a magnificent area where drivers drive on switch back roads via lush gorges and small villages. Elsewhere, there are waterfalls and creeks and you are actually not far away from the ocean.
For lucky travelers, they will stop along the way and take one of the guided tours of the Waipio Valley also called the Valley of the Kings. To go down inside the valley and enjoy taro fields you will have to take a rugged vehicle. There, you will capture a wild view of the ocean and will witness for yourself glimpses of the wild horses living in the valley. As the views are beautiful, remember to bring along your camera.
While heading back to Kailua-Kona, you will go through the “cowboy area” of the Big Island called Waimea. Some guided tours will allow you to stop at one of the several places to allow you to ride on horseback and you will see many ranches in the area too. Make sure you enjoy the ride before you head back to your hotel in Kailua-Kona.