11 Unexpected Big Island Experiences
The Big Island offers surprising revelations large and small—from unexpected snow and equestrian experiences to green sand and sunken vessels. For visitors who think Hawaii only offers sunshine and sandy beaches, the Big Island reveals unexpected opportunities to discover different ways of life, explore distinct island tastes from the sea and land, encounter unusual tropical creatures, and learn from a variety of historical sites.

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A Snowy Sunset (in Hawaii)

You will first need four-wheel drive. Then take an hour's break at the visitor’s center before heading up to the observatories at Mauna Kea’s summit. You might feel a little light-headed when you reach the top—if not for the altitude, then for the epic sunset you will behold suspended above the clouds.

It's best to go during the wetter, winter months for a better chance of snow on the ground.

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You will first need four-wheel drive. Then take an hour's break at the visitor’s center before heading up to the observatories at Mauna Kea’s summit. You might feel a little light-headed when you reach the top—if not for the altitude, then for the epic sunset you will behold suspended above the clouds.

It's best to go during the wetter, winter months for a...

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You will first need four-wheel drive. Then take an hour's break at the visitor’s center before heading up to the observatories at Mauna Kea’s summit. You might feel a little light-headed when you reach the top—if not for the altitude, then for the epic sunset you will behold suspended above the clouds.

It's best to go during the wetter, winter months for a better chance of snow on the ground.

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