There are some great Puna sights, no matter if you come here to visit or are actually living here. Puna offers some incredible and unique places that every Big Island tourist and residents should see.
Puna has some of the most pristine nature and untouched rainforests, geothermally heated ocean pools, black sand beaches, surf at Pohoiki and of course the world’s most active and most visited volcano in the world.
What seems to be dangerous to some, many people are still buying properties in Puna. The fact that there is a possibility for the property to disappear under a layer of lava is in the view of Puna resident definitely possible, but not in the forefront of their minds. "There’s danger wherever you live in this world." said Mayor Kim recently in an interview about living and buying close to an active volcano: "It's such a magnificent visual experience, unique in the world."
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park does not only offer you to visit the crater, but also to visit caves and the largest lava tubes in the world. Plus you can also find the Puu Loa petroglyph field there, ancient stone images that are relevant to Hawaii’s history before western contact. More info about attractions & sights at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
Volcano Village has many interesting things to look at. Take a free self guided tour through the Akatsuka Orchid Garden, stop for a game at the Volcano Golf & Country Club and check out the Volcano vinery for some free wine tasting. More info about the Volcano Village sights & attractions.
In Mountain View, Kurtistown and Keaau you could visit a coffee farm, fruit tree orchards, flower growers and even horse breeders. More information on Mountain View, Kurtistown and Keaau sights & attractions.
Pahoa Town offers you a Wild Western style town with great restaurant and refreshments. So if you take a break from sight-seeing or just want to have a nice dinner, Pahoa is the place to go. More about Pahoa Village sights & Big Island attractions.
Of course you should also see the Puna Coast. Points of interest are places like Red Road, Kumukahi Lighthouse, the Kapoho tide pools, Pohoiki beach park, Kehena Beach, Kaimu Beach and Kalapana, which both were buried under a thick layer of lava not that long ago. More about Puna Coast sights.
If you have time left, there are also some very nice things to do and see in Hilo and surrounding area.
TIP: If you need to get brochures and maps and looking for some insider advice on Puna sights go to the Big Island Visitors Bureau at 250 Keawe St. in Hilo (phone: 1-808-961-5797)