Big Island

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Big Island - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • ATV Tours

    A fun way to experience the Big Island's rugged coastline and wild ranch lands is through an off-road adventure—a real backcountry experience...

  • Adventure Cruises

    Lava Ocean Tours. The best lava boat operator on the island, Captain Shane Turpin takes visitors out on the brand-new, 39-passenger LavaOne...

  • Aerial Tours

    There's nothing quite like the aerial view of a waterfall crashing down a couple of thousand feet into cascading pools, or watching lava flow...

  • Biking

    The Big Island's biking trails and road routes range from easy to moderate coastal rides to rugged backcountry wilderness treks that challenge...

  • Body Boarding and Bodysurfing

    According to the movies, in the Old West there was always friction between cattle ranchers and sheep ranchers. A somewhat similar situation...

  • Caving

    The Kanohina Lava Tube system is about 1,000 years old and was used by the ancient Hawaiians for water collection and for shelter. More than...

  • Deep-Sea Fishing

    The Kona Coast has some of the world's most exciting "blue-water" fishing. Although July, August, and September are peak months, with the best...

  • Golf

    For golfers, the Big Island is a big deal—starting with the Mauna Kea Golf Course, which opened in 1964 and remains one of the state's top courses...

  • Hiking

    Ecologically diverse, Hawaii Island has four of the five major climate zones and 8 of 13 sub-climate zones—a lot of variation for one island...

  • Horseback Riding

    With its paniolo (cowboy) heritage and the ranches it spawned, the Big Island is a great place for equestrians. Riders can gallop through...

  • Kayaking

    The leeward (west coast) areas of the Big Island are protected for the most part from the northeast trade winds, making for ideal near-shore...

  • Running

    Ironman 70.3 Hawaii. The only Hawaii qualifier for the World Championship, the spring Ironman 70.3 Hawaii triathlon begins with a swim at...

  • Sailing

    For old salts and novice sailors alike, there's nothing like a cruise on the Kona or Kohala Coast. Calm waters, serene shores, and the superb...

  • Scuba Diving

    The Big Island's underwater world is the setting for a dramatic diving experience. With generally warm and calm waters, vibrant coral reefs...

  • Skiing

    Where else but Hawaii can you surf, snorkel, and snow ski on the same day? In winter, the 13,796-foot Maunakea (Hawaiian for "white mountain...

  • Snorkeling

    A favorite pastime on the Big Island, snorkeling is perhaps one of the easiest and most enjoyable water activities for visitors. By floating...

  • Snuba

    Snuba—a cross between scuba and snorkeling—is a great choice for non-scuba divers who want to go a step beyond snorkeling. You and an instructor...

  • Stand-Up Paddleboarding

    Stand-up paddleboarding (or SUP for short), a sport with roots in the Hawaiian Islands, has grown popular worldwide in recent years. It's available...

  • Submarine Tours

    Atlantis Submarines. Want to stay dry while exploring the tropical undersea world? Climb aboard the 48-passenger Atlantis X submarine,...

  • Surfing

    The Big Island does not have the variety of great surfing spots found on Oahu or Maui, but it does have decent waves and a thriving surf culture...

  • Tennis

    Many of the island's resorts rent rackets, balls, and shoes and allow nonguests to play for a fee. On the Kohala Coast, try the Fairmont Orchid...

  • Whale- and Dolphin-Watching

    Each winter, some two-thirds of the North Pacific humpback whale population (about 4,000–5,000 animals) migrate over 3,500 miles from the icy...

  • Zip Line Tours

    One of the few ways to really see the untouched beauty of the Big Island is to fly over its lush forests, dense tree canopies, and glorious...