Staying in Pahoa? Big Island Day Trips Await

Pahoa Big Island has so many things to do for day trips. Big Island day trips include something for everyone. Explore the natural beauty of the Big Island by touring volcanoes, visiting the rainforest, or snorkeling. Big Island day trips are adventurous and offer a unique learning and viewing experience while visiting Pahoa.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Hawaii National Park, HI 96718
(808) 985-6000
www.nps.gov/havo

So much waits at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, including wildlife and volcanoes. Explore the Kilauea volcano summit by way of the Crater Rim Drive. See the scenic beauty of Pahoa on this 11-mile journey through desert, rain forest, and the caldera floor. The drive takes anywhere from 1 to 3 hours. BBOnline recommends the Chain of Craters road if visiting the park for 4 to 5 hours. If the lava is active, there are viewing spots at the end of the road.

The Kilauea Visitor Center houses displays and information about the park. Entrance fees to the park are $10 per vehicle for 7 day admission. The Volcano House restaurant is across the street from the Visitor Center and offers a range of upscale meals and a lunch buffet. The park is open 24 hours a day each day of the year. Located near Pahoa Bed and Breakfast, the park is an adventure for the whole family.

Kehena Black Sand Beach
Mile Market 19 on Hwy 137
Pahoa, HI 96718

BBonline recommends visiting this black sand beach to see dolphins, turtles, and whales (seasonal). The sunrise over the ocean meets serenity at this beach just a few minutes from Pahoa Inn accommodations. Breathtaking views await gazing across the ocean. The people who come to the beach do not have to wear clothes so keep that in mind when heading to this beach. Swimming is not recommended since the currents are strong. Locate the trail near the mile marker to gain access to the beach.

Waiopae Tide Pools
End of Kapoho-Kai Road, off Hwy 13
Hilo, HI
(808)587-0100
www.hawaii.gov/dlnr/dar/coral/mlcd_waiopae.html

Discover the best snorkeling spot on the Big Island, a part of the Waiopae protected tidepools on Kapoho-Kai Road. Bring the snorkel gear to this spot to see coral and the fish that inhabit it. The pools are close to the ocean and are accessible and calm. Volcanic heat keeps some of the pools warm throughout the year. Weekends see more people at this location so BBonline recommends going throughout the week instead. It's also a good idea to wear scuba booties - hard-soled are best - since the tidepools are surrounded by rock instead of sand. There are no facilities in the area.

Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
27-717 Old Mamalahoa Hwy
Papaikou, HI 96781
(808) 964-5233
http://www.hawaiigarden.com

Known as being one of the most beautiful places on the island, the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden has trails meandering through the tropical rainforest, across streams, waterfalls, and ocean views along the Pacific coast. In the Onomea Valley, the Garden's award-winning setting exists along the 4-mile Scenic Route. Walk along the jungle trail, looking overhead at the lean palms. Beautiful flowers bloom throughout the journey and see the 3-tiered waterfall of Onomea Falls. A day's visit waits for $15, adults and $5 for children aged 6-16. Children under 6 are free. Golf cart assistance is available for an additional $5 fee to physically-limited visitors. The Garden is open from 9 AM to 5 PM daily.

Pana'Ewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens
800 Stainback Hwy
Kea'au, HI 96749
(808) 959-9233

Visit the only known natural tropical rainforest zoo located in the United States. See the White Bengal tigers be fed daily at 3:30 PM. More than 80 species of unique animals wait to be discovered at the zoo, including a Hyacinth Macaw and Axis Deer. Take a lunch and enjoy the shade of several varieties of palm trees. View the water garden nearby the entrance to the zoo. The Petting Zoo is open every Saturday from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM while the zoo is open daily from 9 AM - 4 PM. Admission to the zoo is free and donations are welcomed. Memberships begin at $15 for individuals and $25 for family.