The island of Hawaii is home to ten of the world’s 13 climates. This makes for a never-ending amount of adventure, sightseeing, and exploring to do.
Iconic Island Hikes
Hawaii has no shortage of hikes with the extensive amounts of mountains, lava fields, ridges and valleys. Whether you want to see the dramatic Pololu Valley overlook or walk along the lava rocks at Volcano National Park, you are bound to observe scenery you have never witnessed before.
Rain and wind have eroded away the northeastern part of the island, creating the dramatic Pololu Valley and distant islets (50 miles north of the Resort). Experienced hikers might venture down the trail to the black sand beach, but take note: it can get knee-high muddy and due to varying currents it is not recommended to swim out in the bay.
This is the home of Kilauea, the most active volcano in the world which has been erupting since 1983. Along with scenic roadways the park has over 150 miles of marked hiking trails, a museum, petroglyphs and a walk through lava tube. While considering visiting please keep in mind dangers of volcanic gases/fumes for those who have respiratory or heart problems, youth, and pregnant women. At 110 miles from the Resort, this destination is usually an all-day event.
These Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens feature over 2,000 tropical plants from around the world in its 40 acre valley that acts as a natural greenhouse. See waterfalls, ocean views and pass meandering streams as you explore on the nature trails (82 miles fron the Resort). Open 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, admission fees apply.
The waterfalls of the rainbow state are famed worldwide. Akaka Falls, measuring at 442 feet, is the main feature of the 65-acre Akaka Falls State Park. It is located at the end of an enchanting but occasionally strenuous 0.4-mile loop through the rainforest. Also in the park is Kahuna Falls. Picnic tables and restrooms are available (79 miles from the Resort).
Rainbow Falls (88 miles from the Resort) is a visual treat any time of day but particularly impressive early in the morning. The falls are part of the Wailuku River State Park which includes several falls and pools called the Boiling Pots which were formed from the river's flow over ancient lava beds. Take in the view just a few steps from the parking lot or a rough trail follows the river.
The ultimate breathtaking scenes on the island will leave an imprint in your memory for long into the future. The gratification of the view takes very minimal walking from parking areas.
Waipi'o Valley Lookout is one of the most dramatic scenes the island of Hawaii has to offer. This lush green valley inspires visitors to explore its steep slopes, swim along its black sand beach, horseback ride or tour through taro patches.
The southernmost point in the United States is here on the island of Hawaii (73 miles from the Resort). Drive carefully on the narrow 12-mile road just off Highway 11 leading to this somewhat rocky landscape and nearby cliffs. Park thoughtfully and enjoy the views often littered with local fisherman and families. A small heiau is positioned here so visitors should treat the area with respect.
Explore parts of the island on an ATV. Various tour options are available such as enjoying the spectacular scenery along 200-foot sea cliffs, or through one of Hawaii's oldest rainforests and waterfalls. Locations also allow you to absorb history while observing beautiful landscapes and stunning vistas. Age stipulations apply.
In the rural ranching area of the island lie opportunities to take a horseback riding tour. Beautiful scenery and safe riding conditions are offered to guests of the Four Seasons Resort. Guests can explore lush pasture lands and ancient Hawaiian sites or picturesque Waipio Valley, with stream fed taro patches and an ocean side sandy beach.