Exploring the Big Island

More fun on the Big Island on Hawaii!

While the volcanoes are great, this is not the only attraction to see here. Like the rest of the islands, this island has some incredible beaches and state parks to go visit.

The first one we saw (we actually went straight here before we saw volcanoes, it was closer to the airport) was to Wailuku River State Park, home of the rainbow falls.

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As you can probably guess from the name, there’s a beautiful waterfall, which on sunny days, it casts rainbows across the water.

Of course on the day we came to visit, the sky was grew and it rained on and off all day. So while we didn’t see any rainbows, we still saw a beautiful waterfall. Even with the grey skies =)

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My travel buddy K.B and I were wondering about the cave below the falls. We both wishes we could of gone down there to check it out.

Much later, our next stop were to check out some of the beaches this island had to offer. Because of the volcanic sand, there was black sand beaches! Just like on Maui!

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It doesn’t look like there was a lot of people, but it was actually quite crowded. I just managed to get lucky with my pictures.

The sand was incredible, very soft and lovely to look it. Apparently, they have a problem with people trying to take samples home with them. There’s a big sign saying please don’t take any. If everyone who came to visit took some, then there wouldn’t be any beach left to enjoy. So only what sticks to your feet when you leave the water 🙂

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This picture gives you a better idea of how many people there were. After we enjoyed the area for a while, we decided to go for a walk down the shore line.

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This area is just so incredible. I can’t imagine what it would be like to just wake up every morning and get to see this everyday.

 

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Then on the way back to the car, we got to see something really cool. There was a young turtle which came up on the beach to rest.

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This guy was pretty small, I’ve seen turtles much much bigger. The turtles are protected species, so they will rope off a good area around the turtle so no one will bother them. Touching, harassing or bothering a turtle can get you a hefty fine. So enjoy the wildlife from afar.

Last, we went on a nice drive around the island before we went back to the airport to go home. Here, you can drive for mile without seeing another person or place.

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Just miles and miles of unexplored beauty.

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Here is leftovers from some of eruptions from the 70’s and the 80’s. This was probably one of the most incredible views of the islands.

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Quick confession, it looks wet, but it died this way. I actually had to touch it to see. Hehe.

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So that’s it for the Big Island of Hawaii. Keep an eye out, we’ll be visiting another beautiful island soon.

Thanks for checking out my blog!

 

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