Guide to The Hawaiian Islands : Island of Hawaii Travel Planner 2019-2020
For a complete directory of the island of Hawai‘i’s products and services, see pages 56-60. 26 gohawaii.com/island-of-hawaii @islandofhawaii @theislandofhawaii KirkLeeAeder Catamarans at ‘Anaeho‘omalu Bay Water Adventures There are over 266 miles of coastline surrounding the island of Hawai‘i— everything from white sand beaches to black sand beaches, waves that etch into the cliffside to marine preserves. Here are some of our favorite activities: Boating and Sailing Some of the world’s best sailing conditions can be found right off the western coastline of the island of Hawai‘i. Waft in cool breezes and take in the sights from a sailboat, sailing canoe or catamaran. Go deep sea fishing, snorkeling or on a dinner cruise, a day on the ocean is always special for the whole family. A glass-bottom boat or submarine gives you front row seats to underwater scenery—no towels required. WATER ACTIVITIES PLAY Kayaking and Paddling Kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding are great ways to get acquainted with the waters around the island. Trust us, it’s easier than you think! Paddle at your own pace along the shores of Hilo Bay or the numerous coves that line the Kona and Kohala Coasts. Check out a lesson or two for beginners. Whale Watching From November through May, the great humpback whales travel from their summer feeding grounds in Alaska to the birthing waters of Hawai‘i. Almost anywhere along the shoreline are great viewing opportunities. Don’t forget your camera! Snorkeling and Diving There are hundreds of snorkeling sites around the island where you can find fascinating underwater life. All you need is a snorkel, mask and fins. Be sure to look out for the humuhumunukunukuāpua‘a (Hawai‘i’s state fish). Please do not approach protected marine animals. Are you a certified diver? If so, gear up for a dive at one of the great island spots! If you’ve always wanted to give it a try, there are numerous dive shops and certified instructors who can train you for an introductory scuba dive or prepare you for full certification. As with snorkeling, the best places for divers are on the west side of the island between South Kona and the Kohala Coast. Remember: it’s always best to dive with a local guide who can read changing weather and knows the best spots. Here are our favorite snorkeling and diving hot spots: HILO Wai‘ōlena/Waiuli (Leleiwi) and Richardson Ocean Park Shallow, protected beach parks good for beginners (stay near the shore!). Ask a lifeguard how to get through the reef to deeper waters. KOHALA ‘Anaeho‘omalu Bay Usually good visibility in this protected bay. KONA Kealakekua Bay Great visibility on calm days, especially on the north end of the bay. Hōnaunau Bay Beautiful coral formations and lots of fish can be seen in these usually clear, but deeper, waters. Stay close to shore for best viewing and safety.