Romance Hawaii Guide : Romance Hawaii Guide 2019
• Frolic in Kealakekua Bay (Kona Coast). Home to spinner dolphins, this marine conservation district is ideal for snorkelling and scuba diving. • Go hiking in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park to see how the landscape has changed fol lowing the eruption of of Kīlauea volcano – the most active of the state’s volcanoes - in 2018. The summit crater floor sunk 460 metres after being rocked by thousands of earthquakes and the Kīlauea caldera quadrupled in size as lava drained out of the active vent. Most of the park has reopened, including the iconic Volcano House, which overlooks Halemaumau Crater, and its restaurant, The Rim, but some hiking trails remain closed. Start at the visitor centre for advice and maps and for the latest updates visit: nps.gov/havo/index.htm. • Step back to an ancient time in sacred Pu‘uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park. It’s magical at sunset. • Swim with spectacular manta rays on an unforgettable night dive in Kona. These gentle giants have an extraordinary wingspan of up to six metres. BEST COUPLE ACTIVITIES Above: Lava flow across the road in Volcanoes National Park. Image: Hawaii Tourism Authority-Tor Johnson Right: A couple kissing during a Kohala Water falls Adventure. Image: Hawaii Forest and Trails The Island of Hawai‘i is the youngest and largest island in the Hawaiian chain. Nearly twice as big as all of the other Hawaiian Islands combined (hence, its nickname, “The Big Island”), its sheer size is awe-inspiring. Travel through all but four of the world’s climatic zones here. From Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, to the snow-capped heights of Maunakea, the lush valleys of the Hāmākua Coast and the jet-black sands of Punalu‘u Beach, the Island of Hawai‘i is sure to leave you humbled. • Check out the town of Pahoa in the Puna district for an eclectic taste of Old Hawai‘i, before driving along the dramatic coastal highway 137 past dirt lava fields. • Discover stargazing atop Maunakea — a remarkable and romantic experience. Enroute, visit one of Kona’s high-quality coffee farms, with free tours and delicious samples on offer. • Embark on a round-trip you’ll never forget. The prestigious ‘National Geographic’ magazine has named the drive around the Island of Hawai‘i among its ‘50 Ultimate Road Trips in the World’. 26 ROMANCE HAWAI‘I The Hawaiian Islands: Island of Hawai‘i • Take in historic Hilo, with quaint shops and cultural sites. Then head for mystic Rainbow Falls. • Walk hand-in-hand through lively Kailua before taking in the town’s great nightlife.
Romance Hawaii Guide 2018