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go sightseeing—underwater. Explore the sea and discover the vibrant coral reefs, deep-sea caves and lava tubes off the Big Island’s coast. Book a snorkel or SCUBA excursion to the best spots where you’ll encounter tropical marine life, green sea turtles, manta rays and, on occasion, spinner dolphins. Body Glove Cruises (808) 326-7122, Fair Wind (808) 345-6213, Kohala Divers (808) 882-7774, or Mauna Lani Sea Adventures (808) 885-7883.
make a wish on a shooting star. Experience what is quite possibly the most dramatic and breathtaking view on the planet. Venture to the summit of Mauna Kea and stargaze deep into the heavens where twinkling stars are bigger and brighter than you’ve ever seen before. Check for meteor shower dates (myhawaiitraveler.com) and watch the streaking fireballs illuminate the night sky. Traveling with a tour guide will ensure a safe and comfortable journey with knowledgeable insight and powerful telescopes! Hawaii Forest & Trail (808) 331-3638 or Mauna Kea Summit Adventures (808) 322-2366.
indulge in a Hawaiian feast. Ancient Hawaiians loved to socialize, sing, dance and, of course, eat! A great way to try delicious traditional Hawaiian foods while enjoying the melodies of sweet Hawaiian music and dance is to go to a lū‘au. Relax under the stars and enjoy the show as gracious dancers take the stage for a truly enchanting Polynesian revue. Try any of the three Island Breeze lū‘au: The Gathering of the Kings at the Fairmont Orchid, Island Breeze Lū‘au at the King Kamehameha Beach Hotel, or Hāleo Lū‘au at the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa (808) 326-4969.
explore a true hot spot. The Big Island is home to the world’s most active volcano, Kīlauea. See the dramatic landscapes and witness creation firsthand at the Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park where an endless amount of discovery awaits. With new land created daily, the environment is incredibly rich and diverse. Hike through natural lava tubes concealed in lush rainforests, go bird watching or observe molten lava spewing into the sea. Hawaii Forest and Trail (808) 331-3638.
relax. Rejuvenate your body and mind with a luxurious pohaku (stone) treatment. Heated smooth basalt stones glide over your therapeutically oiled body and are used to massage your muscles and relieve you of stress and tensions—heavenly. Try the Pohaku Pa'a treatment at the Mauna Lani Spa or the Pohaku Hot Stone Massage at the Kohala Spa. Mauna Lani Spa (808) 881-7911 or Kohala Spa at the Hilton Waikoloa (808) 886-1234.