Top 6 Places to Watch the Sunset on Hawaii's Big Island

Sam Tracy | November 16, 2020 | Lifestyle Travel culture

Best Places to Watch the Sunset in Hawaii

Hawaii is basically paradise, world-renown for its warm sunshine and clear blue skies. While eight islands make up the whole state, the Big Island is particularly spectacular at dusk.

Clouds come to life with vibrant oranges, fiery reds and deep purples as tourists and locals flock outdoors to get a glimpse of the tie-dyed sky. So many spots around the island claim to offer the best view, and it's hard to know where to begin. Lucky for you, we've narrowed it down with this curated a list of "can't miss" places to watch the Hawaiian sunset.

From sandy beaches to soaring heights, these are the best places to see the sunset on Hawaii's Big Island.

See also: The Best Places in Miami to Catch the Sunset

Mauna Kea

177 Makaala St, Hilo / Website

Mauna Kea is one of the Big Island’s most famous sites. Standing upwards of 13,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean, it’s the tallest (dormant) volcano on earth. The summit stays cool all year round, so be sure to pack a sweatshirt. The hike to the top can be an all-day excursion (8, hours so be sure to leave early), or sunset chasers can rent a four-wheel drive car to can handle the steep gravel road. The trek is worth it, though. Sunsets here are pretty epic.

Kailua Kona Bay

75-5660 Palani Road, Kailua-Kona / Website

In Hawaiian, “Kona” roughly translates to “leeward,” a sailing term denoting the side of an island that’s less likely to have a storm. This spot is a sure bet for clear skies and dry weather - in other words, it’s perfect sunset-watching weather. The dry air makes the colors of the sky that much more vibrant as the sun approaches the horizon. You’ll be enveloped by a sky of fiery oranges, bright yellows and deep purples. It’s a sunset you'll never forget.

Fairmont Orchid

1 N Kaniku Dr, Waimea; website

This five-star oceanfront resort is one of the Big Island’s most romantic spots for honeymooners. The high-end hotel stands on a 32-acre property on the stunning Kohala Coast at Mauna Lani. After a massage at its luxury spa or a swim in the 10,000 square-foot beachfront pool, end your night under Hawaii’s colorful skies. You’ll be gobsmacked by the fiery sunsets you can see from here.

Anaeho’omalu Bay

69-1081 Kuualii Place, Waikoloa / Website

In the Waikoloa, you'll find Anaeho’omalu Bay, nicknamed A-bay. This half-mile, crescent-shaped beach is a top site for vacationers and locals alike. Just off its shores are some of the best conditions for water sports, including canoeing, which is a popular activity to do under the multicolored sunset skies. Not a canoeing-type? No worries! Rest easy in the sun-drenched sand as the sky is painted in pastels.

Kaloko Honokohau National Historic Park

Kaloko Road / Website

On the western side of the island is a lesser-known park that offers views like no other. Kaloko Honokohau is a prime spot for IG-wrothy sunset pics. From this outlook, the sun descends behind the rocky land and palm trees in the distance. You may also run into a napping sea turtle or two as you stroll along the sand. There are numerous walking trails throughout the park for pre- or post-sunset exploration.

Hapuna Beach State Park

Old Puako Rd, Waimea / Website

Often voted as one of Hawaii's best beaches, it's easy to see why Hapuna Beach is one of the island's best spots for spectacular multicolored skies. The state park is a half-mile stretch of white sand with excellent water conditions and lifeguards on-duty. During the day, you can enjoy bodysurfing in the waves or snorkeling along the edges of the beach. As dusk begins to fall, Hapuna offers a fantastic setting for a picnic with a view as the sunset hues reflect beautifully off the calm water.

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