The Big Island
Hawai’i, or the Big Island, is an island located in the U.S. State of Hawaii in the Hawaiian Islands. It is the single largest and the Southeastern-most of the Hawaiian Islands. It is also larger than all of the other islands in the state combined and is the largest island in the United States. Most call it the Big Island to eliminate confusion between the island and the entire state. The Big Island is one of the most desired and famous vacation locations on the entire planet with breathtaking scenic views, incredible weather and climate, and a culture that is relaxed and laid back with island flare. Tourism is a major industry in Hawaii and the Big Island is the main hub of it. There is so much to do and see while here that you won’t ever what to leave this tropical paradise of an island!
Since there is so much to do on the Big Island of Hawai’i, we have decided to make a small list of things to check out to help you get you going while here. We hope you enjoy your RV rental Big Island HI!
The W. M. Keck Observatory
The W. M. Keck Observatory is a two-telescope astronomical observatory at an elevation of 4,145 meters near the summit of Mauna Kea on the Big Island in Hawaii. The observatory is famous for being above the clouds, providing a view of the sky and stars that is often called “mind-blowing” and “life changing”. With almost zero light pollution at that altitude, the number of visible stars increases by almost ten-fold than any other view from normal altitude. The sky is also crystal clear at that height, making the experience something entirely unique and not readily available really anywhere else on Earth. The Keck Observatory is managed by the California Association for Research in Astronomy and houses arguably the two largest steerable telescopes on the entire planet. While the existence of the observatory at that height on the mountain is impressive in itself, nothing compares in comparison to the view you will have of the sky. It is truly breathtaking and is a must visit in your RV rental Big Island!
Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park
Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park was established in 1916 and is a United States National Park located on the Big Island of Hawaii. The park encompasses two active volcanoes: Kīlauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, and Mauna Loa, the most massive subaerial volcano on Earth. The park has given scientists a unique insight into how the Hawaiian Islands were formed and the overall processes of volcanism. The park consists of 323,431 acres of land and provides unusual hiking and camping opportunities for its visitors. The park has several diverse environments that range from sea level to the summit of the Earth’s most massive active volcano, making it one of the most popular and heavily sought after locations for outdoorsmen. There is also a visitor center, the Volcano Art Center, the Thomas A. Jaggar Museum, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, and the Kīlauea Military camp, all within or nearby the park for your RV rental Big Island Hawaii. Like most places on the big island, this place is truly unique and special.
Waipi’o Valley is a valley located in the Hamakua District of the Big Island of Hawai’i. “Waipi’o” means “curved water” in the Hawaiian language and is the sacred land of King Kamehameha. Though the Big Island is absolutely packed with stellar views and areas, Waipi’o Valley possesses something special, often described as mythical and ancient. A steep road leads down into the valley from a lookout point located on the top of the Southern wall of the valley and is only open to 4 wheel drive vehicles. It is the single steepest road in the entire United States and some think the world. The shorelines in the valley are black sand beaches that are very popular with surfers. There are also several large waterfalls that fall into the valley to feed the river which flows from the foot of the largest falls at the back of the valley out to the ocean. When visitors call Waipi’o Valley, “paradise”, they aren’t exaggerating.
Campgrounds on the Big Island
Namakanipaio Campground is located in the Kahaualea Natural Area Reserve and is only three miles beyond the famous Hawaii Volcano House Hotel on the Big Island in Volcano, Hawaii. It is one of the most unique campgrounds in the entire world, being 4,000 feet above sea level. The Namakanipaio Campground offers ten Camper Cabins that have been recently refurbished with new flooring and beds, along with community campground facilities. All the guests must pay the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park entrance fee, which is valid for seven consecutive days for your campervan rental Big Island. The amenities here include: a newly refurbished restroom, a pavilion, a picnic area, fire pits & barbecue grills, a payphone, bunk beds, electric light, and more for your campervan rental Big Island Hawaii. While there aren’t as many amenities here as some campgrounds, the environment and atmosphere more than makes up for that when you visit in your motorhome rental Big Island Hawaii.
The Kulanaokuaiki Campground is located in the heart of the Kahaualea Natural Area Reserve down the Hilina Pali Road at 2,700 elevation. This secluded and spectacular campground is the perfect place to rest your head at night. It is nestled in a dynamic landscape that can give you a good idea of Kilauea’s eruptive and faulting history. The campground is just North of the 50 foot high pali that bears its name. This pali is an earthquake fault, formed by vertical ground movement during periods of intense shaking that once actually broke the Hilina Pali Road. The campground does not have water but there are 8 campsites, 2 of which are wheelchair accessible for your camper rental Big Island Hawaii. There is a vault-type toilet and picnic tables. Make sure to bring a tent with a good rainfly and warm clothes for cool days and evenings to stay comfortable. This may not be the fanciest or most extravagant campground in the world, but it is inarguably one of the most beautiful! Consider looking into a VW camper rental Big Island Hawaii, they are very popular!
The Big Island of Hawaii is one of the single most naturally beautiful places on the planet and is a place you have to visit at least once in your lifetime!
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