BEST SPOTS TO WITNESS A SUNSET ON THE BIG ISLAND

Hapuna Beach State Park

Often voted as one of the best beaches in the world, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area is a half-mile stretch of white sand that runs nearly 200 feet wide during the summer months. With excellent water conditions and lifeguards on duty, it is the perfect beach to spend the day before settling in for a sunset picnic. The way the sun reflects off the water in this photograph by Sean Munson is truly magical, is it not?

Mauna Kea

Towering over the Big Island at 13,000 feet above sea level is Mauna Kea, home to sweeping panoramic views as well as multiple observatories. The sunsets here are second to none, as evidenced by this photograph taken by Joe Parks over some of the summits’ telescopes. If you have the time, stay past sunset – the mountain’s elevation and relative isolation from air pollution make the stargazing absolutely stellar.

Kailua-Kona Bay

Rated as the third best place in Hawaii for sunset viewing by Hawaii Magazine, Kailua-Kona provides a glimpse into old Hawaiian history, as well as stellar sunsets, made dramatic with the dark, volcanic rocks along the coast. This particular shot was taken by Steve Dunleavy at Honl’s Beach Park in Kailua-Kona.

Fairmont Orchid

Located near Waikoloa Village and Pauoa Bay is the Fairmont Orchid, a 32-acre oceanfront five-star resort popular amongst honeymooners. The sunsets from the grounds are simply breathtaking. I mean, can you imagine anything more beautiful than this fiery sunset shot by Andy Beal, of Go Visit Hawaii?

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