Unexpected Hawaii Island
Yes, it does snow in Hawaii. During winter months you may see the snow-capped peaks atop the 13,796-foot Maunakea, the tallest sea mountain in the world. Stargazing or taking a tour atop Maunakea is just one example of the many unexpected attractions and activities you’ll find on Hawaii Island.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park offers the most unexpected sights of all. From hundreds of miles of trails through steaming lava fields, arid deserts and tropical rainfalls to walking through lava tubes and even seeing lava enter the sea, the natural wonders of Hawaii Island will leave you speechless. Other amazing land adventures include discovering waterfalls along the Hamakua Heritage Corridor, seeing the stunning views from the Pololu Valley Lookout and the Waipio Valley Lookout, and exploring the beautiful oasis of Hawi Town and the charming art and coffee village of Holualoa.
And Hawaii Island’s coastlines offer even more surprises. Black, white and even green sand beaches encircle the island’s 266 miles of coastline, from Punaluu Black Sand Beach to Hapuna Beach. Scuba and snorkel in the clear waters of Kona and see honu (Hawaiian green sea turtles), humpback whales in the winter, and massive manta rays who harmlessly swim within inches of you, taking your breath away. With so much ground to cover on Hawaii Island, you’ll never know what you’ll find just around the corner.