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Hawaii Itinerary – Big Island Active

Big Island 1-Day Hiking Itinerary

Perhaps the Big Island of Hawaii (Hawaii Island) offers the most in the way of pure wilderness and great hiking. While it can be challenging to find the right hikes in such a big place, especially if you only have a day to spend on the island, there are indeed some amazing hiking opportunities on the Big Island that you will want to make sure you experience.

If you only have a day or so to spend on the Big Island and you are looking for some great hikes then make sure to check these out.

Kiholo Bay on the Kohala Coast

To get to Kiholo Bay you will need to hike about 4 miles. It is well worth it, as the bay presents an opportunity for you to enjoy a very secluded and private beach. That is because Kiholo Bay is only accessible by hike. Make sure you bring or wear your beach gear. You will also want to bring your won water and what not, as there are no facilities at the bay.

Kiholo Bay is actually a series of protected tide pools that open up into a very beautiful bay. It is a great place to spend a beach day, and especially fun to enjoy after the fun hike. There used to be many more visitors to the bay, but now it is a bit more secluded, as efforts at conservation have been made. This is definitely a hike to experience if you are looking for hiking spots on the Big Island.

Mauna Kea

Majestic Mauna Kea. Known for having snow and housing the biggest astrological observatory in the world. That being said, it is also home to one of the best kikes you will find on the Big Island. Be warned though, this is an advanced hike, and you will need to both dress properly and make sure you are prepared for an elevation gain of 4,500 feet. You will want to be an experienced hiker and be able to spend the night on the mountain if you have to. While the round trip of the hike is only 11.5 miles, the terrain and elevation gain is what will really challenge you.

Mauna kea is the tallest Sea Mountain in the world, topping off at a mighty 33,000 feet off of the bottom of the ocean floor. Again, hiking this trail and making it to the summit will require patience, stamina and some skill. However, this is a “must hike” trail for all hiking enthusiasts.

Waimanu Valley on the Kohala Coast

A long hike that will take you through all kinds of scenery and plant life is the Waimanu Valley hike. The Waipio Valley is located very close, but the Waipio Valley seems overused and rundown to many. That is why the Waimanu valley hike has become so popular. Located on the windward side of the Kohala Mountain, this area is considered one of the most difficult places to reach by foot on the Big Island.

Most people who have seen this area of the Big Island have done so by helicopter. That being said, if you have the will power and are adventurous enough, then you can be one of the few to conquer this 16-mile (in and out) hike.

The Waimanu Valley hike is rugged and long, but it will allow you access to a part of the Big Island that not many people have. You can do it in a day, but you will have to be diligent in your plan. Make sure not to miss to opportunity to hike this trail.

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