Big Island Activities
One of the best snorkeling spots on the entire island is just a few minutes from the Dragonfly Ranch. Called “two step” by the locals and right beside the famous Pu’uhonua O Honaunau, this is a must-see underwater wonderland. Dolphins, sea turtles and a myriad of colorful fish can be seen here, as well as the most incredible crystal clear blue water. The Dragonfly Ranch has a full supply of snorkel gear and its use is included in your stay.
Just 10 minutes from the Dragonfly Ranch is the legendary Kealakekua Bay. Kealakekua means “pathway of the gods” in Hawaiian. It is also the first landing spot of explorer Captain James Cook, who brought the Hawaiian islands to the attention of western civilization. What it means for you is the premier kayaking spot on the Big Island known for wild spinner dolphins and occasionally whales (November – March) as well as incredible snorkeling and beautiful grandeur.
Commune with Wild Dolphins
The bay at Pu’uhonua O Honaunau, Kealakekua bay and Ho’okena Beach are known for wild dolphins. It is forbidden to chase or otherwise try and swim with dolphins. However, they are quite curious and quite often will approach snorkelers. It is important not to try and touch the dolphins. The bays are their resting places. It is advisable to go early, from 7 – 10am, when the dolphins are more active. After 10am they become more restful and we leave the area so they can rest.
Winter is whale-watching season in Hawaii, when the majestic humpback whales make their 2000+ mile journey from Alaska to the warm waters of Hawaii to birth their calfs and mate.
We highly recommend a visit to Old Hawaiian Coffee to see a real working coffee farm. Also the Living History Coffee Farm of the Kona Historical Society. “Living History Farm brings the coffee pioneer’s story to life by depicting the daily lives of early Japanese immigrants during the period of 1920-1945.” (from the Historical Society’s Website).
Hawaiian Double Hull Canoe
For an authentic Hawaiian experience, a ride on Captain Kiko’s Hawaiian double hulled canoe is in order.
By far the most professional, comfortable and informative helicopter tours are provided by Blue Hawaiian. We will be happy to arrange a tour for you or tell them the Dragonfly Ranch sent you for a 5% discount.
At over 13,000 ft, Mauna Kea is one of the worlds top observatories (no pun intended). The summit of Mauna Kea is not to be missed. If you have a 4-wheel drive vehicle, you can go yourself. For guided tours, try this list.
Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Massage
Licensed massage therapists are available on-call to give a variety of massages – including lomilomi, shiatsu and swedish. Barbara had the good fortune to study lomilomi (ancient Hawaiian massage) with Aunty Margaret Machado 25 years ago. She enjoys teaching people how to work on one another in the way this ancient Hawaiian art was traditionally practiced within the family to stay healthy and emotionally connected.