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Things to do in Big Island

There are many things to do in Big Island, and most activities can be enjoyed by the whole family. For most activities advanced reservations are recommended. You can use the activity map (link on the left hand side of the page) to see where each are located. If you're logged-in you can save Activities to your "Saved Favorites".

Miscellaneous Fun Activities on Big Island


Bike Tours

Seeing the Big Island on a bike is truly one of the best ways to do it. The Big Island is full of sporty, outdoor types. Have you ever heard of the Kona Ironman Triathlon? Now we're talking a bike ride! There is just so much to see on the Big Island and viewing it on a bike gives you so much more of a sensual feast then enclosed in an automobile, a bus or a van. This is no-more evident than on the bike tours we have that tour through the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The rainforests, lava flows, lava tubes and often molten lava just a few feet from view make these bike tours some of the most exotic to be experienced anywhere in the world.


Zipline Adventures

So what is a Zipline tour anyway? Zipline tours are a fairly recent activity to appear on Hawaii, but Hawaii Zipline tours are certainly one of the most popular activities on the island and are often booked weeks in advance. imply, Zipline is an aerial runway consisting of a pulley suspended on a cable that is mounted on an incline. Ziplines are designed to allow a seated and harnessed passenger to traverse valleys, gorges or drop-offs along an inclined cable by being attached to a freely moving pulley while using gravity as a motor. Professional Zipline courses such as those found on Hawaii are often operated at high speeds and can cover long distances at considerable heights with multiple Zipline crossings included in the course. Hawaii has a number of Zipline courses and they are breathtaking with regard to both the scenery and the Hawaii Zipline adventure itself.

Big Island Air Tours


Air Tours

The Big Island of Hawaii is big indeed, larger in fact than all the other islands put together. Taking an air tour on a fixed wing aircraft is a great way to see the Big Island of Hawaii in a short amount of time, and at a lesser expense than in a helicopter. The air tours over the live volcanoes on Big Island of Hawaii are among the most spectacular and this Hawaii activity is among the most popular.

Big Island Boat Tours and Adventures


Whale Watching

Unlike other locations in Hawaii, the Big Island of Hawaii is not only the seasonal home for the famous Humpback whales but is also home year round to a selection of Sperm whales, Pilot whales, Pygmy Killer whales, the Melon Headed whales and the rare Beaked whales.


Sunset Sailing

Sunset Sails off the coast of the Big Island of Hawaii provide the ultimate in relaxation. The beauty of the ocean and the colors of the sunset provide a remarkable experience to conclude your Hawaiian day.


Sailing Charters

Sailing charters on the Big Island of Hawaii generally depart from the Kona side of the island. Because Kona is usually protected from the stiff tradewinds by the enormous volcanoes behind, these sails are often gentle in nature and are a great way to experience the beauty of Hawaii's ocean and sealife.


Lava Sightseeing Boat Tour

Perhaps your're interested in just taking a sightseeing boat tour off the coastline of the island without going snorkeling. This is the page where you want to find your Hawaiian tour boat. A sightseeing tour on the waters of Hawaii is much different from one you would find on land. The views of Hawaii's breathtaking seascapes are often dramatic. Best of all, there is no traffic to get in the way. These tours are perfect for those that just want to sit back and enjoy! Tour Hawaii by boat and experience the majesty of Hawaii. A feast for your eyes unfold as your tour of Hawaii is viewed like you've never seen before. A Hawaii vacation can't be complete without a tour by sea.


Dinner Cruises

These boats off the Big Island of Hawaii have been known for years as the spot to "party your sandals off." The coastline off the Kona shore with its views of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea is an ideal setting for a Big Island of Hawaii Dinner Cruises.


Dolphin Excursions

Known for their inshore habits, playfulness around vessels and star performances at aquariums, Bottlenose dolphins are probably the most popular of all cetacean species located off the Big Island of Hawaii. Four other species of dolphins are regularly found in the waters around Hawaii. They are the Pacific Bottlenose dolphin, the Rough-Toothed dolphin, the Spotted dolphin and the Spinner dolphin. As far as Hawaiian activities go, dolphin watching is among the most popular.

Big Island Car Touring


Discount Hawaii Car Rentals

Call 1-800-292-1930

Discount Hawaii Car Rental makes renting a car affordable, with rates up to 70% off. Now you can experience all the beauty the Hawaiian islands have to offer at your own leisurely pace. The road to Hana, the gorgeous H1 freeway, Waimea Canyon, or Volcanoes National Park. No deposit, no booking fee, guaranteed reservations, and cancel anytime. Yes, it truly is that easy and convenient!


Land Tours

The Big Island of Hawaii is the largest island in the State of Hawaii and has more areas to visit on a sightseeing tour than other islands. One of the most dynamic of the Big Island of Hawaii tours are the land tours taking you Hawaii Volcanoes National Park where you can often see lava close up. Mauna Kea is one of the most spectacular places in the world to view the cosmos from and the full-day circle island tours give you a perspective on the whole island.


Live Volcano Tours

For over 20 years the fountains of fire have continued with tremendous intensity and today Mt. Kileaua is the volcano with the longest-lived rift activity in known Hawaiian volcano history. Its ever present and relentless march to the sea has proved unstoppable and has forever changed the landscape of the Big Island.

Big Island Helicopter Tours


Helicopter Tours

Within the past 20 years or so the only place on the planet that you could consistently see an active volcano has been on the Big Island of Hawaii. Many believe that this is the ultimate helicopter tour in Hawaii. The molten lava flows, lava tubes, erupting vents and general rift zone areas are for many a "once in a lifetime" Hawaii activity experience.

Big Island Horse Back Riding and Ranch Adventures


Horseback Riding

Many of the ranches offering horseback riding on the Big Island of Hawaii allow a more permissive style of riding than found on other islands. With so much beautiful ranchland available for horseback riding it's no surprise that Hawaii horseback rides and horseback stables are a favorite for visitors and locals alike.

Big Island Kayaking


Kayaking Tours

The calm waters, abundant sea life, great snorkeling, picturesque sea caves and beautiful weather surrounding the Big Island of Hawaii make it an ideal location for Big Island of Hawaii kayak companies to operate a variety of Hawaii kayak tours. Kayak tours are among the most marine intensive of all the ocean tours and activities available to you on the Big Island of Hawaii and your snorkeling adventures off the kayaks will be some of the most rewarding to be found on any of the Hawaiian islands.

Big Island Luaus and Nightime Entertainment



The Big Island of Hawaii provides luaus from Kailua-Kona town to the resorts of Waikaloa. There is nowhere on the planet that you can truly attend an authentic Hawaii luau outside the State of Hawaii and the Big Island of Hawaii offers you a wonderful variety for your enjoyment.

Big Island Scuba Diving


Scuba Diving

The Kona Coast in particular has been blessed with some of the calmest waters in Hawaii in both the morning and the afternoon allowing scuba companies to take charters out all day long. This Hawaii activity is one of the few in the State of Hawaii to feature views of Manta Rays on a regular basis.

Other Fun Activities on Big Island


Snorkeling Tours

The Big Island of Hawaii has a number of different boats that offer snorkeling tours. Many of them cruise the coast off Kona down to Capt. Cook. Most of the boats offer morning and afternoon trips and one trip even offers "night snorkeling" to see the giant Manta Rays. Some of the most beautiful snorkeling to be found anywhere in the State of Hawaii can be found in the colorful waters off the Kona Coast.

Big Island Sport Fishing


Fishing Charters

Perhaps the single most well-known and important activity on the Big Island of Hawaii is sport fishing or deep sea fishing. The quality of the "big game" on Big Island of Hawaii is unparalleled anywhere in the world. The underwater terrain off the coast of Kona features an almost "free-fall" drop-off that entices the Pacific Blue marlin and other fish species to gravitate to these waters.

Big Island Surfing Lessons



A surfing company may boast that anyone can be riding the surf in just one lesson and that, indeed, was the case when my son Jake tried it the first time. This, however, was not my experience. I had a great time, but I was still "surf-wave illiterate" after my first attempt.

Big Island Tennis


Mauna Lani Resort Tennis

Call 808-885-6622

68-1400 Mauna Lani Drive

The Mauna Lani Tennis Club is considered one of the best in Hawaii. Located adjacent to the Mauna Lani Sports & Fitness Club and Mauna Lani Spa, theTennis Club offers six Plexipave courts (three lit for night play)and a stadium court with spectator seating for 500.