Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel
The Big Island's Kohala Coast offers visitors a nearly limitless roster of invigorating aquatic adventures. Certified instructors at scuba-diving centers within 15 minutes of the resort lead divers on underwater tours through crystalline waters inhabited by whitetip reef sharks, eagle rays, and bottlenose mermaids. Amphibious travelers can also board catamarans for treks to areas frequented by humpback whales that glide through the water as explorers take in panoramic views of the island's volcanoes.On the northeastern Hamakua Coast—located less than 60 miles from the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel—Akaka Falls State Park enchants visitors with a pair of waterfalls nestled in a lush Hawaiian rainforest teeming with wild orchids, bamboo groves, and draping ferns. The park's namesake Akaka Falls, reachable by a winding footpath, presents a majestic sight as it plummets nearly 500 feet into a bubbling ravine below.