HAWAII: BIG ISLAND TOURS & ACTIVITIES
The Big Island is larger than all the other islands combined.
There are basically three sides of the island that have the most attractions for visitors to enjoy with the eastern (leeward and dry) side being mostly barren lava fields. The windward side, known as the “Hilo side”, is covered in lush tropical rain forested valleys and waterfalls. The Kohala Coast faces the island of Maui to the northwest.
The Kona side along the southern coast is littered with beautiful beaches and bays, including Kealakekua Bay, which is where visitors will find most of the ocean activities such as snorkeling, diving, surfing and fishing.
We are here to help you navigate through all there is to see and do on the Big Island. From land, sea and air tours to luau’s to volcano tours to neighbor island excursions, we know the best companies to go with that will bring you and your family stories to cherish for years to come at a price to fit every budget!
You will want to explore the stunning underwater realm of the Big Islands reefs. With hundreds of miles of coastline the possibilities are endless! The reefs are beautiful and the turtles are magical. Snorkeling with turtles is the most requested thing to do in Hawaiiʻs waters. Other ocean activities include great surfing, kayaking, canoeing, stand up paddle boarding and scuba diving. It could be said that half of Hawaii’s beauty lies in its underwater reefs and we have plenty of ocean tours to choose from!
The landscape of the Big Island is formed by volcanoes, wind, and water which makes every view dramatic. Take tours across the island to see cliffs and mountains dominate the skyline while you get immersed into the rich history, culture, and beauty around every corner. Go sightseeing on the Big Island to Volcanoes National Park, the rainforests of the Hamakua and Hilo coastlines and the beautiful beaches and historical sights of the Kona coast. From hiking to horseback riding to ziplining to ATV tours, there is plenty of adventures for the whole family. No matter what side of the island your staying on there are always wonderful land activities nearby for you to enjoy!
Seeing any of the Hawaiian Islands from the air, usually during a helicopter tour, is an amazing experience but even more so on the Big Island. The island is so large that it takes several days just to get idea of where to go. With an air tour you can get a great overview of the entire island and visitors can learn a lot about where to go and what to do. That’s why we recommend doing an air tour early in your stay to get a good idea about how big the Big Island really is!
Adventure is everywhere on the Big Island. Hikes to remote valleys and waterfalls, crazy ziplines, horseback riding and exploring the rugged landscapes on an ATV are just a few of the many adventure activities you can experience on the Big Island!
Luaus are a celebration of the Polynesian cultures that migrated to Hawaii centuries ago but they also signify the idea of “Aloha” known throughout the world because of Hawaiian culture. Check out these great luaus or read more about this history of these celebrations that are now a big part of everyoneʻs Hawaiian vacation. Thatʻs for a good reason. They are a lot of fun!
The Big Island is home to some amazing entertainment venues and festivals throughout the year that are unique to the island and well respected by visitors and residents alike. The two most well known are the Merrie Monarch Festival, held every year in Hilo during the week after Easter, and the Ironman Championships held every October in Kona. Add to this such events as rodeos, concerts and community festivals and holidays and it’s easy to find some very unique shows to experience throughout the year!