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Published Dec 11, 21
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a perfect crescent shape and extends for almost a quarter mile. A natural rock reef provides some protection from the surf. There is usually good bodyboarding and swimming here unless the surf is too big. You can also see Mauna Kea Volcano from the beach if the sky is clear.

on the south end of the island. This black sand doesn’t stick to your skin, making post beach cleanup a breeze. There is a small concession stand on the beach where you can grab snacks and rent snorkel equipment, but check water conditions before swimming. If it is green sand you are after, head to the southernmost point in the United States at Papakolea Beach.

The 2. 5-mile trail that leads to the beach is beautiful but hot so arrive early if you want cooler temps and the beach (mostly) to yourselves. Due to the vast amount of lava rock, low tide brings a wealth of tide pool exploration across the Big Island’s Shores. Here are our favorite tide pools on the Big Island for families.

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Numerous ocean-front restaurants and hotels along the western shore offer tables with stunning views. The Kona Inn (Restaurant) and Lava Lava Beach Club are among the favorites. 3. Go Snorkeling and See Sea Turtles One of our favorite things to do when staying on the Big Island with kids is go snorkeling and spot sea turtles.

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The sea turtles seem to be attracted to the algae growing on the lava rock that hugs much of the Big Island coastline. Kahaluu is a shallow cove in Kailua-Kona that is full of fish and is a popular sea turtle hangout. Since most of the cove is only neck high and the waters are usually calm it is a great place for first timers snorkelers.

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(flotation devices for safety with kids are suggested) and is filled with big fish! Kiholo Bay is a great place to snorkel with sea turtles at a black sand beach. The walk is about 25 minutes to the beach from the park along the highway, but this special place is worth the effort.

You can go back pretty far but you will need a flashlight because it is pitch black once get back in there. Wand more suggestions? We have an entire article dedicated to the best snorkeling spots in Hawaii. 2. Explore Hawaii on Foot (or ATV, or Mule) Pololu Valley .

To explore the amazingly beautiful and secluded , we suggest you take a mule, horse, or ATV guided tour as the climb back up the canyon is incredibly difficult and it is the steepest paved road in the US. You definitely don’t want to miss exploring this special places which is so stunning that it was once the former retreat of Hawaiian royalty.

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3. Take a Boat Tour off the Hawaii Coast One of the great things to do on the Big Island with kids involves getting on top of the water. The Atlantis Submarine Cruise is a family-friendly hit, especially for more cautious kids. It gets kids under the water without the requirement of masks, snorkels, and wildlife encounters.

There are private charters that allow for up to six people and focus on catching mahi mahi, marlin, and tuna. My family loved our Body Glove Dolphin & Snorkel Cruise. During this half-day excursion from Kailua-Kona, we saw dozens of dolphins swimming in our wake. We also snorkeled in a secluded bay we never could have reached on our own.

It is one of the best places to snorkel on the island and gear and picnic lunch is provided. There are also great opportunities to spot dolphins on the way. If you prefer to sail on a catamaran to your Kealakekua Bay snorkeling adventure, there are options for that as well.

4. Learn Something While Having Fun on a Farm Tour or Exploring Historic Hawaiian Sites The Big Island is known for its agriculture. Farm tours are unique and fun things to do on the Big Island with kids. See 125-year-old coffee trees, watch the roasting process, and sample varieties from local coffee plantations on a coffee plantation tour.

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From macadamia nut plantations that feature walk-through tours to orchid farms boasting vanilla bean harvesting, the island is alive with produce and vegetation. The is a good place to see macadamia processing in action, enjoy some refreshing macadamia nut ice cream, and buy some nuts at a discounted price. If you are interested in beekeeping, you won’t want to miss this Honey Farm and Beekeeping Tour with Big Islands Bees.