The Big Island of Hawaii is the most diverse and contrasting island containing the most expansive landscape of any of the Hawaiian Islands. From barren lava rock to lush rainforest, one of the best ways to get exercise and explore the undeveloped and wild parts of the island is through the joy of hiking. Each area of the island has trails, both maintained and unmaintained that can get you started on finding your way deeper into nature. Even the most timid of explorers can try hiking with a sense of calm in Hawaii as we have very few hazardous plants or animals in our environment. Many Big Island hikes can be built into a day trip format, combining shopping, eating and sight seeing in the journey to and from your hiking destination.
Highlights: A great activity for exercise plus you can get deeper into the natural beauty of the islands while exercising.
Activity Level: Mild to strenuous
Options: A private, or professional tour provider can take you to a variety of locations. Research via web or through trail guides can give you great self-guided hike. The State Parks have marked trails and orientation for safest self-guided touring
Warnings!: Hazards vary by terrain, but the islands are inherently lava rock that is brittle, jagged, and often unstable. Be aware of unstable rocks or boulders in the hiking environment, watch for slippery algae covered rocks by streams or ocean edges. Flash flooding can occur in streams so be aware of the weather in the area and mountains above. Before venturing into the islands hikes it is best to be prepared for the conditions at hand, sunscreen, hydration, rain protection, and bug repellent are all recommended preparations before going hiking in Hawai'i.
Price Range: $0 to $150 per person
The State of Hawai'i maintains a trail system throughout the islands, visit the website for details http://hawaiitrails.ehawaii.gov/island.php?island=Hawaii