Top Things to Do on the Big Island of Hawaii
The Big Island, or officially known as Hawaii, is the largest and one of the must-see islands in the Hawaiian archipelago. It is home to numerous natural attractions which offer heart-pounding adventure as well as an array of display of cultural and gastronomic escapades that will surely leave every visitor wanting for more.
What makes it even more pleasing for tourists is that the Big Island has scenic spots and destinations which fit every traveler—the solo ones, the couple, a group, or the family. It has a lot of offerings from sea and underwater adventures such as surfing and snorkeling, thrilling volcano trekking, heart-stopping sky, and land rides, and many more, which is equally spectacular as other Hawaiian islands can offer.
We listed down the top 20 things to do in the Big Island of Hawaii for your next big adventure:
1. Walk through the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Jumpstart your Hawaiian getaway with a thrilling walk through two active volcanoes of Hawaii namely Kīlauea and Mauna Loa, located at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Start off the tour with a tour at Jaggar Museum showcasing volcanology exhibit. It also offers a viewpoint of mist watching from the Halemaʻumaʻu Crater then go through the Thurston Lava Tube to witness an underworld tour, filled with thick ferns in the entrance.
2. Discover scenic points via ATV Tours
One of the fun and thrilling way to roam around the Big Island is through availing ATV tours which offer packages for wild forests and Kohala coast tours. These tours often last from one to three hours, which shall take you to scenic sights of old rainforests and macadamia nuts farm in Hawi and Pololu Valley or even at private lands such as the Kahua Ranch located in Kohala or at Pa’ani Ranch in Mountain View. Be sure to book the best Hawaii tour packages you and your family would enjoy.
3. Dip in Kapoho Tide Pools
If going on a relaxed activity is what you long for, taking in a dip at Kapoho Tide Pools which has natural hot tub might be the next in your itinerary.
Visitors had to park in a nearby residential area and wade through the waters before taking in the exciting dip. Though it may be a tad difficult to go to Kapoho Tide Pools, visitors’ weariness will be swiped away with the healing and calming freshwater warmed by volcanic rock.
One will also take pleasure in reveling on colorful corals and magnificent marine life in the pool which makes the resting activity even more enjoying. Keep in mind to wear water shorts when dipping as you might step into sharp lava rock.
4. Manta Ray Night Snorkel in Kona
A great night adventure in Hawaii will include snorkeling during the night in Kona Bay. Manta Ray night snorkel in Kona is a big hit among sea adventurers as manta rays tend to join swimmers during the night for their nightly feeding. Before snorkeling, you can first enjoy a sunset cruise at Kona Bay. If you are not fond of swimming during the night, you can still book a tour as an observer as manta rays are still visible even for tourists sightseeing from the boat.
5. Welcome the sun up in the air
Riding a helicopter to welcome the sunshine might just be one of the most daring ways of starting off your day. See the amazing sky-high view of Kīlauea while soaring through spectacular views of lava vents, valleys, and the ocean.
6. Know more about chocolates at Kahi Ola Mau Farm
The sweet tooth traveler will find solace at Kahi Ola Mau Farm located in the Honokaa on the Hamakua Coast. A chocolate tasting activity is surely a great idea for those who are interested in the bean to bar process of cacao farming. The farm also has pineapple and vanilla orchards one can also tour.
7. Stargaze on the Kohala Coast
An activity which surely captures everyone’s heart is stargazing at Mauna Kea. Couples who would like to spend a romantic night under the night sky while watching stars would definitely love trekking into Mauna Kea to get a good view.
8. Shop at farmers markets
One way to get to know a new place is visiting Farmers Markets to buy local goods. In the Big Island of Hawaii, farmers markets are often flocked by locals and foreigners to shop for souvenirs or just grab delicious snacks.
9. Taste Volcanic wine
Sip wine while reveling on the great view of Mauna Loa at Volcano Winery where wine tastings are available all year round. Choose from the wide variety of local flavors—with pure grape, fruit blends, and macadamia nut honey wine as some of the most favorites.
10. Sunset viewing and buffet at Waikoloa Beach
At Waikoloa Beach, there is always something to celebrate. While viewing the sunset, visitors can enjoy a huge buffet by the beach, along with an open bar and a luau party complete with Polynesian song and dance performances.
11. Zipline adventures
This adventure is not for the people who fears heights. Going on an eco-adventure is definitely a heart pounding zipline ride over the 250 foot tall KoleKole Waterfall, passing through the lush forest and ravines. Before the big ride, one must trek a half mile to reach the starting point of the Akaka Falls State Park which offers several zipline courses.
12. Know more of Hawaii’s history through a train ride
Hawaii’s rich history is evident when visiting the Laupahoehoe Train Museum. The museum reveals the early years of the Big Island where the railroad system played a vital role in carrying a passenger across different points within the island. Hawaii’s Consolidated Railway was damaged by a tsunami which hit the island in 1946 which inspired the building of the museum.