With so much gorgeous land worth preserving, the Big Island is loaded with parks. These aren't the kind with swing sets and basketball courts, but unique state parks with waterfalls, lava trees, beaches, and views. If you're on the east side in Puna you can visit the remnants of a generations old lava flow that hardened vertically around trees. In Kona there's plenty of snorkeling and swimming and tanning at beach parks along the sunny coast.
What's great about parks on the Big island is that most of the time you can count on amenities such as bathrooms, BBQ areas, picnic tables, pavilions, showers and camp grounds. If you're looking to spend a few days camping by the ocean, Spencer Beach Park is always a reliable option. Offering some of the best camping on the island, it's located along the sunny Kona Coast with a generally calm beach. For great snorkeling, check out Kahalu`u Beach Park in Kona with its fine white sand and abundance of fish, or Mahukona at the other end of the coast, except there's no sand here.
Over on the east side of the Big Island outside of Pahoa, Lava Tree State Park is home to hundreds of vertical, hollow lava columns that stand to remind us of a lava flow from several hundred years ago. You can have lunch and take a walk around the rainforest park.
Whatever you're looking for park wise, 10 Best has you covered for the ten best parks on Hawaii.
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