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The Best Big Island Photo Opportunities

Since Hawaii Island is so large, there are plenty of Big Island photo opportunities to keep you – and your camera – busy on your next Hawaii vacation.

This island’s natural surroundings include active volcanoes, arid desert, gorgeous beaches, and dense rainforests, making it one of the most impressive places to photograph in the world.

The island may be the biggest, but it’s also one of the least populated and is easy to navigate. And that’s exactly why it’s a good place for a photography trip. You can see a diverse range of settings and landscapes on the Big Island in just a few days.

Expect to snap some unbelievable landscape and nature photos when you check out these photo opportunities on the Big Island:

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

The Big Island has something very unique – a live, active volcano.

Kilauea volcano has been erupting for over 30 years, almost without ever stopping. By climbing to Pu’u O’o you may see active lava flow from the volcano. This is, of course, a matter of timing, but even if you don’t get to see real life lava it’s still worth visiting the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park for its wild landscape, particularly at dusk or dawn.

For some of the best Big Island photo opportunities, book a Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Adventure tour to the top of the mountain.

Thurston Lava Tube

Still technically in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the Thurston Lava Tube is also a one-of-a-kind experience, with plenty of Big Island photo opportunities.

Follow the trail to the tubes through lush Hawaiian rainforest, where you can see incredible tall tree ferns and the ohi’a lehua tree. While the lava tube is unforgettable there is also a chance that you might be able to snap a photo of one or two rare Hawaiian birds, such as the red apapane and the i’iwi.

See the tube, lava fields and more of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Polynesian Adventure Tours’ Hawaii Big Island Volcano Adventure.

Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden

Capture the Big Island’s most exotic flowers on camera at the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden.

Located just a few miles north of Hilo, the garden has over 2,000 species of plants on display in its 40 acres of land. You can spend on hours on end capturing the flowers at just the right angle. There is also a spectacular waterfall and stream at the edge of the gardens that is just waiting to be photographed.

Take this organised Essential Hawaii Tour’s Waterfall Sites, Bites and Delights tour of the Big Island to get to the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden.

Akaka Falls State Park

Located on the Hamakua Coast, Akaka Falls State Park is home to one of the island’s most famous waterfalls, Akaka Falls. This majestic sight is the second highest waterfall on the island and well worth the visit.

When visiting, you’ll take a trail through the beautiful park to reach the falls, which is 442 feet tall and flows straight over a lava cliff. The trail passes through an uniquely Hawaiian bamboo forest and offers a glimpse at the 100-foot-tall Kahuna Falls. The waterfall is also surrounded by rich, green vegetation so when you finally reach the waterfall you will be astounded by its beauty.

Check out Akaka Falls as well as the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Farm and the Pana’ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens on the Roberts Hawaii Shore Excursions tour.


To book some incredible tours across the Big Island and take advantage of some of these Big Island photo opportunities, visit HawaiiDiscount.com today.

Please remember that popular activities sell out frequently. We recommend making reservations well in advance of your trip.

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