10 Best Romantic Things to See and Do on the Big Island

The Big Island is the perfect locale for honeymoons and romance. From traditional romantic things to do like dinners and sunsets, to adventurous ways to celebrate love like surfing and snorkeling, Hawaii Island truly has it all. Whether visiting the island with a special someone, or meeting one there, those in search of romantic things to do will find the best of them on this list, put together by a life long Big Islander.

For those that want to mix some adventure and adrenaline with their romance, look no further than the Big Island. Put on your hiking shoes, rent a four wheel drive, and gear up for a day of hiking to a waterfall, seeing wild horses, and wandering a secluded beach in Waipio Valley. For a different kind of romantic adventure, experience the spectacular beauty of the Mauna Kea Summit. Watch the sunset from the world's tallest mountain, and if it's wintertime, play in snow in Hawaii. 

If you're in search a romantic beach getaway, escape together to Green Sand Beach. The island's most secluded beache offers a pretty mellow four wheel drive adventure, beautiful views of the coastline, and of course a bright green sand beach. For underwater fun, look at each other from a fish's eye view by snorkeling Kahalu'u Beach Park, the island's best snorkeling spot. 

Embark on these romantic adventures and discover that the Big Island is for lovers.

Hapuna Beach, nestled between Kawaihae and Puako, is known for being one of the cleanest, most family-friendly beaches on the Big Island. Its smooth, white sands extend far out into the surf, so wading in the shallows is easy on your feet....  Read More

Just a short drive outside of downtown Hilo, the Wailuku River penetrates dense tropical undergrowth and cascades more than 80 feet into a picturesque gorge. The emerald green pool at the base of the falls used to be a popular swimming hole,...  Read More

Make it to the end of scenic Highway 270 and experience the majesty of the Big Island's dramatic Kohala coastline. High above waves that crash onto jagged rocks are several lookout areas that offer sweeping vistas of verdant cliffs and...  Read More

69 Beach
Photo courtesy of Jade Eckardt

A long crescent shaped beach with fine white sand, and semi private coves between trees reaching to the water, 69 Beach is a sort of off-the-beaten-path but still popular beach in Kona. It's come a long way over the years, and now has an...  Read More

Kahalu'u Beach Park

Easily one of the Big Island's most popular beaches, Kahalu'u offers parking, equipment rental stalls, a covered pavilion, and a snack bar. A reef far offshore prevents the waters from getting too rough, making a terrific snorkeling opportunity....  Read More

Hamakua Coast
Waipi'o Valley

The Big Island version of the Valley of the Kings, Waipi'o has long maintained a special place in the hearts of locals. Steeped in legend, the deep, narrow valley stretches some 5-plus miles, flanked on either side by towering rock walls. The...  Read More

Liliuokalani Gardens in Hilo is a beautiful and tranquil 34-acre Japanese garden. The ornamental gardens are named for Queen Liliuokalani, a Hawaiian monarch and it is dedicated to the many Japanese immigrants living in Hilo. The garden was...  Read More

Champagne Pond
Photo courtesy of Jade Eckardt

Nestled along the Puna Coast is perhaps the best swimming area on this side of the island, the Champagne Pond. A quite huge natural pond with a natural rock bottom, a rocky beach area on one side and backed by rock walls in the back, the pond is...  Read More

Green Sand Beach
Photo courtesy of Tiffany Mueller

Also known as Papakolea Beach, Green Sand Beach is a magical cove far off the beaten path in South Point. Located between Kau and Kailua-Kona, the beach is accessible only by four wheel drive, yet it's an easy drive out. The beach's sand is made...  Read More

Mauna Kea Summit
Photo courtesy of Jade Eckardt

Towering over the Big Island at over 13,000 feet elevation is the summit of Mauna Kea, the largest mountain in the world. As the island's most prominent volcano, it is home to spectacular panoramic views, multiple observatories occupied by...  Read More


Meet Jade Eckardt

Raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, Jade has traveled the world and doesn't intend to stop, yet the Hawaiian Islands are still her favorite place. She spent seven years living on Oahu and...  More About Jade

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