If romance is in the air and travel is on the mind, a trip for two to Hawaii’s Big Island should be at the top of the list. There’s no other place that so perfectly combines opportunities to enjoy elegant dining, unwind on beautiful beaches, and explore spectacular scenery. Consider adding one of these five date ideas to the itinerary, including fabulous helicopter rides for two.
Travel to the Stars
Drive to the summit of Mauna Kea for an up-close look at the sky above from Keck Observatory. Visitors can look through public telescopes or simply enjoy the stunning panoramic views of the island from the mountaintop. The trip alone, a full-day excursion, is a date in itself, ascending the Big Island’s most prominent volcano. Tours with meal packages can be booked for an all-inclusive stargazing experience.
Fun fact: Mauna Kea is the highest point in the Aloha State and the second-highest point above sea level of any island in the world! Talk about milestones with your significant others.
Stroll through the Garden
For a tranquil date steeped in history and culture, visit the Liliuokalani Gardens. These 34 acres of lush gardens pay tribute both to their namesake, Queen Liliuokalani, and the many Japanese immigrants living on the big island. Ornamental displays of flowering trees, bamboo, pagodas, and bridges offer the perfect setting for hand-in-hand wandering with a loved one. This venue is open 24-hours so plan a visit that aligns with the sunset for an unparalleled view of Hilo Bay.
Picnic by the Sea
Hawaii has no shortage of beaches but the one at Spencer Beach Park is perfect for a date near the water. Protected by a reef, this beach is wrapped in gentle waters providing excellent swimming and snorkeling conditions. Check out the coral reef and its denizens. You might just be lucky enough to come face to face with some local aquatic wildlife. As an added bonus, nearby facilities make picnicking and clean-up a breeze. Go for the afternoon or spend the whole day.
Fall in Love
Apart from volcanoes, Hawaii’s most iconic natural wonders have to be the waterfalls cascading down the island. Many, including Rainbow Falls, Akaka Falls, and Pe’ epe’e Falls can be reached after a short walk. These are great spots to capture spectacular photos of a magical date. Afterwards, grab a romantic meal at one of the islands highly rated restaurants. Don’t forget to try out some famous fruity cocktails and of course the fresh seafood!
Turn up the Heat
If thrills are on the agenda, then don’t miss Tropical Helicopter’s amazing helicopter rides for two to come face-to-face with an active volcano. This full-throttle flight in a door-free helicopter takes you over Kilauea Volcano. Feel the heat on your skin as the chopper soars just 500 feet over flowing lava and steaming vents. Don’t worry; a picturesque flight over the aptly named Rainbow Falls will help cool things down before landing.
Whether the goal is a relaxing romantic excursion or a thrilling adventure, there’s something for everyone on this list. Take any romantic trip to the Big Island to the next level by adding in helicopter rides for two. Book an adventure today!