The Big Island"The Big Island"

Being that it is the largest island, Hawai'i is lovingly referred to as "The Big Island." It is located at the easternmost end of the Hawaiian chain of islands and is really known for its volcanoes - specifically Mauna Loa and Kilauea; both found in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. The island itself was actually created from the eruptions of five separate volcanoes, including Kohala, which is extinct and Hualalai, which is active but currently not erupting. Thats why its no doubt that the Big Island is probably the best place in the world to learn and see volcanic activity. Besides volcanoes, the island has an interesting and diverse landscape from the boardwalk town of Kona to lush botanical gardens scattered throughout the island. The Big Island is a great place to explore nature in all its forms.

Sights and Attractions

Must-see attractions
on The Big Island

Explore over 18 places,
by your interests:

The Big Island
Honokohau Settlement and Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park

Top things to do in The Big Island

From snorkeling, to zip-lines, to cruises and more.
Over 148 tours and things to do in The Big Island

Inside Hawaii

Kona Coffee

Did you know coffee starts off as a berry? Inside each red fruit of the coffee plant is a bean that is then roasted and dried to make the delicious rich coffee we love. And some of the best coffee in the world comes right from the Hawaiian Islands. Coffee has grown on the Big Island since 1828 and has become a worldwide recognized brand. In 1997, it is estimated that over two million pounds of coffee was grown on the island. We suggest that if you're near Kona, head to the living history museum to learn a little more about the drink and its history on the island.

Read More
Photo of Guided Outrigger Canoe Tour in Kealakekua Bay
The Big Island • Kayaking & Canoeing

Guided Outrigger Canoe Tour in Kealakekua Bay

Try your kayak tour, Hawaiian style, with our traditional one-of-a-kind outrigger canoes. We offer Outrigger Canoe Tours to the famous Captain Cook Monument in Kealakekua Bay. On this guided Big Island outrigger canoe tour, hear the history of Captain Cook as well as surrounding temples, and, after paddling past the sea cliffs and caves, you'll snorkel and swim in the clear waters of this Marine Life Conservation Area.

Photo of Dolphin Encounter and Kealakekua Bay Reef Snorkel
The Big Island • Snorkeling

Dolphin Encounter and Kealakekua Bay Reef Snorkel

COMBO TRIP: Swim with wild Dolphins and snorkel at Kealakekua Bay!  

On this four hour excursion, you will travel to a beautiful marine sanctuary, Kealakekua Bay where the Captain Cook monument stands. This is a beautiful reef with over 600 underwater species!  As we travel down the coastline to the Bay we will stop to swim with wild spinner dolphins. Expect the following while enjoying boat ride to our favorite snorkeling spot!  

  • 46' Delta with plenty of room to move around including cabin for shade, upper deck for unobstructed viewing, and plenty of room on bow and stern of the boat to move around 
  • Marine head 
  • Great views of Kailua Kona including lava flows and sea caves
  • Amazing views of the Captain Cook monument and the bay with historical and cultural significance to the islands 

Photo of Guaranteed Manta Ray Night Snorkel
The Big Island • Snorkeling

Guaranteed Manta Ray Night Snorkel

Ensure a manta ray sighting on this 2.5-hour night tour. Head out in Kona, one of the best places in the world to see mantas, to see the sunset over the water before jumping in to enjoy swimming with manta rays in their underwater nighttime realm. "Manta safari" guides escort you around the site with a mobile light show that attracts these gentle and fascinating creatures. Relax on the observation deck with unobstructed viewing and plenty of room to move around. All snorkel equipment, including flotation devices and wetsuits, is included. Manta sightings are guaranteed, or you will be given a voucher for another tour.

Photo of Kohala Waterfalls Small Group Adventure Tour
The Big Island • Nature & Wildlife

Kohala Waterfalls Small Group Adventure Tour

Experience the Hawaiian beauty of the Kohala Waterfalls on this small group Kohala Waterfalls adventure tour. Drive along the Kona coastline and explore the areas where lava flows from Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea and the Kohala Mountain. You'll also learn about Hawaii's countryside - a place of old sugar plantations, ancient legends and extraordinary natural beauty. Explore a private nature preserve as your interpretive guide brings you to explore streams, waterfalls and bridges. Soak in the amazing view from a private picnic area overlooking a remote valley. Easy walks, gorgeous countryside views and a chance to cool off in a mountain stream make the Kohala Waterfalls Adventure the ideal family adventure in Hawaii!

Photo of Hilo Volcano National Park Small Group Twilight Tour
The Big Island • Attraction Tickets

Hilo Volcano National Park Small Group Twilight Tour

On our Hilo Twilight Volcano Adventure, we’ll journey through the Island’s incredible range of natural highlights including Rainbow Falls and private access to lava tube known for its unique golden shimmer before experiencing first-hand the phenomena that makes it possible – an erupting volcano. This small-group tour is limited to 14 people to provide a more personalized experience.

Photo of Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small-Group Adventure Tour
The Big Island • Nature & Wildlife

Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small-Group Adventure Tour

Head to the Mauna Kea Observatory, nestled high in the mountains of the Big Island, and experience an intriguing and provocative journey through space and time. Discover Hawaii from the top of the island's tallest peak, Mauna Kea, also known as 'White Mountain,' located 13,796 feet (4,200 meters) above sea level. This small-group star-watching tour ensures a personalized and unique experience at the enchanting Mauna Kea summit.

Photo of Endangered Birds Of Hawaii
The Big Island • Nature & Wildlife

Endangered Birds Of Hawaii

Hawaii is known as the endangered species capital of the world, drawing visitors from around the world hoping for a glimpse of some of the rarest birds in the world. Enjoy a day of exploration as we visit the heart of Hawaii Island, and pay a visit to unique locations that still teem with Hawaii’s native birds while enjoying the natural beauty on the largest volcanoes on earth. We will search two separate locations to see Palila and Akiapola’au, two of the world’s most amazing critically endangered birds in all of the islands. If you’re a birdwatcher or just enjoy nature, you’ll be astounded at the beauty of these birds. This tour will take you far away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist areas, giving you a rare chance to see the hidden nature of Hawaii Island and understand its delicate balance in the middle of the pacific.

More things to do

Plan Your Trip

Ready for the perfect vacation?

  • Hotels
  • Rental Cars

Find a hotel

Find a rental car

Travel Stories

Explore our recent articles and stories