Top 10 Things to Do on Big Island

Do you love adventure? Do you love sunshine? Do you love relaxing on a warm sandy beach? Then the Big Island, HI is the perfect vacation destination for you! To help you begin planning your dream Big Island vacation, we have compiled our list of the top ten things to do on Big Island. With activities for travelers of all ages and interests, the attractions on this list are not to be missed!

Kona Manta ray night dive on Big Island, Hawaii
Hawaii Volcano National Park
Dolphin Quest Big Island Hawaii
 
The Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park protects the Big Island volcanoes, Mauna Loa and Kilauea, as well as the surrounding landscape. Touring this park is an experience unlike any other you probably have had! The unique geological area is a result of 70 million years of volcanic activity and evolution.

The Crater Rim Drive takes you passed steam vents. The Chain of Craters Road weaves back and forth over oozing lava. Feeling adventurous? Head out on a Big Island lava boat tour to watch the molten lava pouring into the sea!
With so many unique natural landscapes, the Big Island is best viewed from above. These unforgettable rides enable you to see much more of the island in a short amount of time. Big Island volcano helicopter tours take you directly over the top of the active volcanoes!
Imagine waiting in the dark, silent ocean waters as giant Manta rays being to swoop in above you. These gentle giants eat plankton which is attracted by light to the area where these Manta ray night dives are hosted.

Don’t have a scuba certification? No problem! There are also Manta ray snorkel tours as well. This tour may be one of the most unique experiences on the plant and is a must-do!
Soar through the dense forest canopy of the Big Island rain forest and explore the vibrant natural forest terrain. There are many companies offering different zipline tours on the Big Island, so be sure to check a few to get the best deal!
Spend a day learning about Hawaii’s dolphins and conservation efforts while swimming alongside these funny creatures. Dolphin Quest Big Island offers everything from sunrise dolphin kayak tours to underwater adventures to children programs. Their Big Island programs are very close to many of our Kohala Coast vacation rentals, too!
Whether you survive off this sweet, caffeinated bean or not, touring the Kona coffee plantations is a very cool experience. Kona coffee is a rare commodity and famous all around the world. The rich volcanic soil created a truly unique product.

Many of the hundreds of coffee farms in Kona offer public tours. Spend an afternoon meandering through the coffee orchards and learn about the magical beans!
The beaches you’ll find on the Big Island are unlike your usual beaches. In place of the typical white sand beaches, you may be accustomed to, Big Island beaches are most famously known for their black sand and fresh lava rock formations. These are a few of our favorites near our Waikoloa vacation rentals:
  • Anauhoomalu Beach
  • Kaunaoa Beach
  • Hapuna Beach State Park
  • Kealakekua Bay
The Big Island is situated in one of the best climate zones in the world for golf. Along with perfect weather conditions year-round, golfers are sure to find breathtaking Big Island golf courses that suit a variety of skill levels. Here, golfers can play amongst ancient lava flows and historical landmarks, while witnessing spectacular views of the Pacific.
Wind your way through the stunning Waipio Valley past waterfalls and through the dense forest. The Waipio Valley trail is a moderate, dog-friendly 3.75-mile out and back trail. The hike may make you work for it, but the views are worth it! Hike all around the island!
The main attraction of 'Akaka Falls State Park is the jaw-dropping 442’ tall waterfall. A short hike on a paved trail brings you through the lush rain forest to ‘Akaka Falls and Kahuna Falls. This trail can be very popular, so visiting on a weekday is recommended!

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