The Big Island is an outdoor paradise for hikers with its low population density, miles and miles of hiking trails and so many climate zones to choose from.
Trails in Hawai`i can take you to coastal dunes, shrub lands, rainforests, and high alpine deserts. The Big Island offers hiking for all of us – from the beginner level scenic hikes such as the Onomea trail north of Hilo, to the more rigorous Halini Pali 7-mile trail down the side of the Kilauea volcano, to the multi day, 35 miles, Mauna Loa trail.
Hiking is a great way to get off the beaten path and explore the island undisturbed. 11 out of a total of 13 climate zones worldwide are represented on the Big Island. This means that there can be a totally different view hidden around every corner. Hiking allows you to explore all these beautiful places on your own pace,in peace and tranquility!
Recommended hikes on the Big IslandBig Island Hikes web page. The official site of the state of Hawaii, ehawaii, also offers extensive information about 16 hikes.
Hiking Safety Tips:
Be prepared is the best advice we can give. This means that you should always wear sunscreen and take plenty of water. It is also a good idea to bring a partner and leave information about where you will be hiking at your hotel. If possible, carry a cell phone in case of an emergency. Furthermore give a thought to the following points before leaving for a hike:
- Hiking trails are no paved roads. Be careful where you put your feet.
- The forest floor can be muddy and uneven. Do not wear flip flops but pack proper hiking boots.
- Most trails are not clearly marked. Never go hiking alone, take a detailed map of the area you visit and carry a cell phone for emergencies.
- Always pack enough water and some food. Take sunscreen and plan you hikes always during daylight.
- Don’t take unnecessary risks, be safe and be respectful!