3 Reasons to Visit Na'alehu

Naalehu is located on the southern part of the Big Island, and it has the Manuka State Park to the west and the Kau Forest Reserve to the north. Given the unique setting of that any Naalehu Bed and Breakfast has to offer, it is a good idea to book your accommodations at least a month before your arrival date to the Hawaiian Islands. Here is a list of BBOnline's top three reasons to visit Naalehu in the Big Island:

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Crater rim Dr
Hawaii National Park, HI 96718
(808) 985-6000

A bike ride around the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is an excellent way not only to enjoy the great outdoors that the Big Island offers, but also to sweat off a couple of the extra calories that you might take in on your vacation. Located about a 90-minute drive from Naalehu, this national park has several active volcanoes and amazing interactive natural wonders such as hot air fissures. There are many local agencies that offer bike tours for every level. You can choose between tours on paved roads or on a combination of paved roads and off-road trails. Depending on your fitness level, the bike tours can last anywhere from two to five hours. At all times, a van will be following you nearby just in case you need to rest or you need some snacks and refreshments.

Panaewa Rainforest Zoo
25 Aupuni Street
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 959-7224
www.hilozoo.com

Also known as the Hilo Zoo, this zoo is about an hour and 20 minutes away from your Naalehu Inn. Visit the Hilo Zoo on any Saturday and you can take part in the petting zoo, where you can interact with, pet and feed several local animals. The petting zoo lasts all morning. After the petting zoo hours, you can walk around and watch interesting reptiles, amphibians, mammals and birds. The main highlight of the Panaewa Rainforest Zoo is its white tiger, Namaste. Namaste roams freely in his enormous enclosure that mimics his native environment and has a lily pond, where he often bathes during hot afternoons. It is a good idea to time your visit to Namaste around his daily feeding time at 3:30 p.m. Bring your camera to snap great images of him.
South Kona Forest Reserve
Mamalahoa Highway
Captain Cook, HI 96704

Located near Captain Cook (not to be confused with the famous Captain Cook's Bay on Kauai Island) along the Mamalahoa Highway (Highway 11), the South Kona Forest Reserve is just a 40-minute drive to the west of Naalehu. This forest reserve has several hiking paths that range from the inviting for the newbie hiker to the challenging for the experienced adventurer. It is a good idea to pack all necessary items such as water, snacks, hat, sunblock and anything else you might need. Remember that there are no nearby convenience stores. Make sure to inform somebody where you plan to hike and carry a cell phone just in case.