Posted March 16th, 2012, 02:15 PM
We'll be in Hilo from 7am-4pm on April 29th - a Sunday.
We're not interested in Volcanoes Nat'l Park - been there done that. Have ridden on Blue Hawaii and had an awesome experience viewing lava flow. Have driven around and seen the major waterfalls, Mauna Loa macadamia nut farm.
I'd like to rent a car but don't want to drive aimlessly.
I'd love to know of great snorkel spots, historical sites to see, off the wall and non-typical touristy things.
Thanks - Happy sails
Like you we had been to all of the places you mention and were looking for some other options. A few suggestions that we enjoyed in Hilo.
Panaewa Rainforest Zoo
- Free! A great little zoo with gorgeous grounds. We really enjoyed our time there.
Hawaiian Botanical Gardens
- Just North of Hilo. This is a beautiful place to spend a couple of hours wandering the trails.
Hawaiian Vanilla Company
- Very cool place even further north of Hilo. We did the lunch and tour and learned about how they grow the vanilla. So worth the stop!
Waipio Valley Overloook
- if you want to venure even further north which is worthwhile for the scenery alone along the Hamakua coast you can go the Waipio Valley scenic viewing point. It is pretty spectacular.
And if you want something delicious while you are up that way, stop in Honokaa at Tex's Drive In
for their mouth water malasadas. The best!!
Hope this helps. We love the north coast of Hawaii!
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