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Hawaii Itinerary – Big Island Shopping and Sightseeing

Big Island Shopping and Sightseeing Itinerary

The Big Island of Hawaii (Hawaii Island) is bigger than all of the other Hawaiian Islands combined. There is so much to see when it comes to sightseeing that it could be a little difficult figuring out where to start. The island is so big that seeing everything in a day would be impossible. You will also want to have time for some great shopping opportunities, which the Big Island does offer.

If you have a day to spend on the Big Island, then make it a point to get to some of the listings below, as these are the most sought after sightseeing and shopping places on the Big Island.

Big Island Shopping

Hilo Shopping Center

There are two main cities on the Big Island of Hawaii, Hilo and Kona. Both of them offer great shopping. If you are on the Hilo side of the island make sure you drop in on the Hilo Shopping Center. The shopping center includes over 40 shops, including very popular local favorites like Lanky’s Pastries and Island Naturals Market and Deli. You will find all types of great local boutiques and stores. You will also have access to a spa. Parking is free so make sure you stop by.

Coconut Grove Marketplace

Kailua-Kona is the most popular tourist area on the Big Island. This side of the island houses the Coconut Grove Marketplace. This unique oceanfront marketplace offers a little something for everyone. Local boutiques, cafes, art galleries and plenty of food and live entertainment are all available right at your fingertips at the Coconut Grove Marketplace. A must visit while in the Kailua-Kona area of the Big Island.

Kings’ Shops at Waikoloa Beach

Kings’ Shops at Waikoloa Beach offers more high-end shopping than many other places on the Big Island. Not because the prices are high, but because the center houses some of the more high-end retail shops you will find. With great stores including Martin & MacArthur, featuring koa furniture and accessories, or Cariloha, which offers bamboo clothing items, you are sure to find what you are looking for. Other high-end chains are also here, such as Coach, Tiffany, L’Occitane, and Louis Vuitton. Make sure you get there and at least walk around, as it is a very unique shopping experience.

Big Island Sightseeing

Volcanoes National Park

Most everyone knows that there is an active volcano in Hawaii. However, not many will get a chance to see it in real life. If you are on the Big Island of Hawaii for a day, then visiting Volcanoes National Park should be the first thing on your list of places to see. Not only will you have the chance to see the volcano erupting live, but you will also have the chance to walk around the huge park, hiking and exploring all types of lava, caves and terrain. This is a truly unique adventure that shouldn’t be missed.

Mauna Kea Summit and Observatory

Ever wondered what people were talking about when they said it snows in Hawaii? Well, this is it. The Mauna Kea Summit gets cold enough that snow falls and sticks. Technically, during the right time of year, you can travel up the mountain to see the Observatory (the summit holds the largest astronomical observatory in the world) and see some snow, before heading back down to the beach to enjoy some fun and sun. An experience unlike any other.

Southernmost Tip of the U.S.

Ever wondered where the southernmost tip of the United States is located? It is actually located on the Big Island of Hawaii. Located in the little town of Na’alehu, the southernmost part of the U.S. is 19 degrees north of the equator on Route 11 and is a great experience that many people will never be able to have.

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