Eating (and More!) on The Big Island

Eating (and More!) on The Big Island

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Laura Piazza

The Big Island is a fascinating destination from the moment you land in the Kona airport through every moment of your time on the Big Island.

There you'll find landscapes unseen anywhere else in the world. Hawaii is home to 11 of the 13 different climate zones. Lava fields abound, littered by white sand beaches, black sand beaches, and even a green sand beach – one of only four green sand beaches in the world. You can drive from the tropics, through the forest, through the desert, into the rainforest in a short amount of time with the landscape changing every few minutes of your scenic drive.

With restaurants, and accommodations available for any taste and budget, the Big Island is a wonderful place to visit for solo travelers, couples, and families alike. There are tourist type places to shop, as well as many farmers markets with local fruits, foods, and crafts. Traffic is very light in most areas, so it is easy, and safe to get around.

Everyone loves to eat while on vacation, so here are my top 4 restaurant recommendations:

Volcano
There are two restaurants located in the Volcano House Hotel, which is just past the entrance into Volcano National Park. Both have amazing views of the crater.

The Rim
Enjoy Pacific Region dishes with ingredients from local fisherman, farms and ranches. They are open for breakfast lunch, and dinner and there is live music every evening! Plus amazing views from every table at this fine dining establishment.

Uncle Georges Lounge
For casual dining, with a full bar! Sip a Mai Tai while overlooking the crater!

Huggos
In Kailua Kona go here for fine dining right on the water. They are open for breakfast and dinner. Relax and enjoy your breakfast while overlooking the bay, watching the spinner dolphins play, or watch an amazing sunset while having dinner. From burgers and salads, to surf and turf, Huggos has something for everyone Pacific Rim style and all foods are local and fresh!

PS: Plus two activities you definitely don't want to miss:
Volcano National Park. This is a must see on the Big Island. The $25 entry fee is good for up to one week of visits into the park. With scenic hiking, and drives, one could easily spend several days in the park. Hike the steam vents, visit the Thurston Lava Tube, and drive Devastation Trail, and chain of craters road, all the way down to the sea arch for the full Volcano National Park experience.

Mauna Kea: Experienced the sun rise from above the cloud line during this amazing experience. Start off your tour in the dark, driving to the Mauna Kea visitors center to view the stars, and get acclimated to the elevation. With little to no light pollution, the view of the stars is like no other. Then head up to the top of Mauna Kea, which is just over 13,000 feet in elevation to experience the sunrise. Watch the sun peak up from underneath the cloud line. There is no better way to start your day!

 

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