From tropical forests and black sand beaches to fields of lava rock and active volcanoes, the Island of Hawai‘i runs the gamut in outdoor wonder. Known as the Big Island, this destination offers more than 4,000 square miles of endless opportunities to experience Hawai‘i in its most authentic form. No matter what your interests are, from exploring trails to walking the beaches or just taking a sightseeing drive, there’s a safe activity for all who are traveling responsibly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Experience a Hotel with Nature, Adventure and Relaxation
If a hotel with incredible views and superior outdoor experiences is on your wish list, consider the Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa at Keauhou Bay. On the island’s Kona Coast, the resort, surrounded by lush green forests and volcanic rock, sits directly on the edge of the historic Keauhou Bay, where you can snorkel with manta rays at night. The hotel’s expansive property evokes a relaxing feeling that speaks to the beauty of the island, with panoramic views and plenty of opportunities to learn about its rich history with cultural tours and activities such as hula lessons. .
Guests will find helpful reminders to wear face coverings while wandering the Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa at Keauhou Bay property.
"On behalf of the Sheraton Kona ‘ohana, we would like to express our appreciation to our community, our partners, our customers and clients for their support,” said Paul Evasick, general manager of Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa at Keauhou Bay.
Check-in is still a breeze at Sheraton Kona, but masks are required and a plexiglass shield protects both guests and employees.
“The wellbeing of our guests and associates is our priority as we adhere to Marriott International’s Commitment to Clean, with enhanced health and cleaning protocols. These include signage throughout the resort to remind guests to maintain social distancing plus sanitizing stations with masks, hand sanitizer and gloves. We have limited elevator capacity, occupancy limits and installed partitions at front desks and require face coverings by employees and guests in accordance with state and local guidelines. We look forward to the return of our visitors when they are ready to travel, so they may experience the spirit of Aloha," Evasick added. More information on what guests can expect when visiting the resort can be found here.
Explore One of Hawai‘i’s Pristine National Parks
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is one of the state’s two major national parks and home to Kīlauea and Mauna Loa, two of the world’s most active volcanoes. Visitors can explore the park’s over 123,000 acres of designated wilderness, which includes plenty of day hikes, far-off cabins for more experienced trekkers, and a scenic drive around the summit of Kīlauea.
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park at night
Travelers should plan their trip before exploring the park and brief themselves on its cultural significance. While most of the park is open to visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic, some services may be restricted. All visitors are required to follow strict health and safety protocols, including wearing a mask when distancing is difficult, practicing social distancing, not visiting while sick, and more.
The view from one of the Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park's scenic points.
“Services are limited, and visitors should bring everything they might need for a safe visit including water, meals, and hand sanitizer. Above all, visitors should pack their patience, avoid crowds, and have alternate destinations planned should parking lots be full,” said Rhonda Loh, acting superintendent of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.
Adventure Responsibly, No Matter Where You Go
The Island of Hawai‘i is a treasure trove of spectacular outdoor destinations, including Rainbow Falls , Pōlolu Valley , ‘Akaka Falls and more. We recommend visiting GoHawaii.com to learn about each place and their cultural history. Please also reference the Hawai‘i County website for the latest COVID-19 requirements and protocols before visiting the island.
Rainbow Falls is a remarkable, must-see destination for visitors to Hilo.
As always, mahalo for traveling pono (responsibly)!