Aerial View of Mauna Kea's Hawaii Island Beach, Just Steps from the Ala Kahakai Trail.

The Island of Hawaii is lush with beaches, waterfalls, tropical rainforests, stark lava landscapes, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, plus rich history and culture, which makes it the best Hawaiian island to visit. Stay at the beautiful Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and experience the wonders of Hawaii while you’re here. These are the 10 reasons to visit the Island of Hawaii this summer. 


Hawaii Island is known for its multitude of colorful beaches, so it can be difficult to decide which ones to visit. Choices include the coal-black sands of Punalu’u Beach or the island’s longest white sand beach, Hapuna Beach State Park. Check out this beach guide for more options.


Among the island’s wonders are the waterfalls, including ‘Akaka Falls, which cascades a whopping 422-feet! If you’re looking for a less-visited waterfall, try Nanue Falls on the Hamakua Coast. There are also guided tours if you don’t want to find the waterfalls on your own that can be reserved here.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is full of amazement at every turn.  More than 150 miles of hiking trails is a great way to see many of them. Different trails can take you past steam vents, craters, petroglyphs, and volcanic “glass.” Another highlight is the Nahuku Lava Tube, a cave where molten lava long ago flowed. 

Helicopter Tours

Exploring the island from the air is the best way to get a sense of the island’s enormous size and diverse landscape. Helicopter tours are available to see volcanoes, waterfalls, or the island as a whole. Explore the best tours available here. 

The Mauna Kea Luau

Photo of the Mauna Kea Luau. Welcome to the Best Island to Visit in Hawaii.

The Mauna Kea luau, outdoors, under the stars, is a way to experience Hawaii’s culture and traditions. The family-style dinner includes delicious traditional foods and the lively show is a performance of music, dancing, and storytelling. 


Snorkeling is a popular activity but be sure and check in with lifeguards and be aware of ocean conditions before exploring Hawaii’s underwater world. Sea Quest Hawaii offers an opportunity to explore sea caves and lava tubes. There are dozens of adventures to choose from, depending on your skills and interests. 

Explore Quaint Towns and Villages

Many of Hawaii Island’s small communities were once thriving sugar cane plantation towns. Nowadays, you’ll find vibrant art scenes, craft boutiques, and farmer’s markets in communities such as Honoka’a, Holualoa, and Volcano Village.


While on the Big Island, it’s essential to spend a night stargazing. Mauna Kea Summit has a telescope open to the public for the best stargazing experience. You can drive to the summit yourself or choose to take a guided tour there. 

Historic Hawaii

The Island of Hawaii is rich with history to be explored. These sites include ancient fishponds, petroglyphs, and temples. The island’s historical parks include Kaloko-Honokohau, Pu’uhonua o Honaunau, and Lapakahi. 

Coffee Plantations

If you’re visiting the south Kona region, make sure to tour one of the many coffee plantations. The coffee grown here is rare, delicious, and a must-try for coffee lovers! 

There are endless varieties of ways to experience the wonders the Island of Hawaii has to offer. Whether you want to enjoy the beaches or explore a farmer’s market, the island’s adventures are endless. Book your stay at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel or make a reservation by calling 877-880-6524.

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