Lush, green, magical and remote are accurate words to describe the northern side of the Big Island. Ranging from the start of the Hamakua Coast to the end of Hawi by Pololu Valley, the north side of the island traverses valleys, sea cliffs, open pastures and secluded property. It would take at least one full day, or ideally two, to fully explore this area, so here's our list of the ten best things to see and do on the north side.
At the end of the road in Hawi is gorgeous Waipio Valley. Once home to Hawaiian royalty, and today a respected valley with a beautiful black sand beach and river, the valley is one of those places that shouldn't be missed on a visit. Gaze down from the top or hike down the extremely steep road, but only if truly prepared.
Along the Hamakua Coast is the Hawaiian Vanilla Company. Here you'll tour a vanilla orchid farm, enjoy a vanilla inspired lunch, and take a tea time. Learn all about local vanilla making in a presentation. Also along the coast is Hakalau Bay. A lovely place to swim, beachcomb and for historical fun (there's an old mill on the beach), this is a favorite with locals and a well kept secret.
So take some time to explore the greenest and calmest side of the island, with our list of the ten places things to see and do on northern Big Island.