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3 Days on the Big Island: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, April 2015

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Hawaii is world famous for its stunning natural landscapes, its active volcanoes, its lush greenery, its warm blue waters, and in some cases, it’s throbbing cultural nightlife. Now that you’ve made it to the Big Island, where to begin? The Big Island’s list of attractions could keep you occupied for a lifetime, but if you’ve only got three days and want to make the most of them, take a look at our suggestions for a unique good time below.

Day 1: Get Settled

Hawaii is a lush tropical paradise, and spending your time outdoors is the way to experience the pleasures of this pacific Eden.  Begin your Hawaiian adventure in the traditional way by opting for a Hawaiian Lei greeting and a seamless airport transfer to your hotel before settling into your new surroundings. After traveling, it might be best to ease into your vacation by doing something light. A relaxing yet visually stunning snorkel cruise of Kealakekua Bay or an evening of Hawaiian arts and crafts, drinks, dinner, and magical sunset, before being entertained by a traditional Polynesian Luau show.

Day 2: A Day of Adventure and Views

Now that you’ve eased into things, it’s time to make the most of your days and get on to adventure! If you really want to see all of what the Big Island has to offer, consider taking a bird’s-eye view of things in an exhilarating helicopter tour where you’ll see spouting lava, dripping rainforests, cascading waterfalls, and ocean as far as the eye can see. If all that ocean entices you, you can then plunge into the depths of the great blue sea with a once in a lifetime opportunity to board a submarine and see the oceanic depths like never before. Or, if you’d feel better getting your thrills on land, a romp in a 6x6 PinzTrek up the misty slopes of Hualalai volcano.

Adventure jones still not satisfied? How about plunging back into the waters for a Manta Ray Night Snorkel? Voted by the Travel Channel as one of the top 10 things to do in your life, it’s sure not to disappoint.

Day 3: Hit the Trails

Wake up rested, sip your morning coffee, and step out onto the veranda to gaze at your natural surroundings. Then strap your shoes on and get out there and in it. A Kilauea Volcano adventure tour will put into perspective the size and grandeur of the very-much active volcano you’ve been tramping around on. Appreciate its natural wonders on foot or by bike while sampling some of the local fare in the region before heading back down to the beach for zodiac raft and snorkel adventure. Alternatively, if you want a taste of another Hawaiian Island splendor, consider embarking on one of the exciting day trips to Oahu, available from Kona.

Tours & Tickets

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Big Island in One Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, and History Small Group Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 123 Reviews

This 10-hour nature tour offers an in-depth look at Hawaii’s youngest and largest island. Explore the diverse landscape and natural wonders, including active ...  Read more

Location: Hawaii, Hawaii
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $171.88

Big Island Grand Circle Island Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 169 Reviews

See the Big Island of Hawaii’s stunning beauty on a full-day Grand Circle tour. On the Grand Circle Island Adventure, you’ll visit Volcanoes National Park and ...  Read more

Location: Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 11 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $113.69

Lava Legends and Legacies Luau on the Big Island

4 star rating: Recommended 77 Reviews

Take a journey through the South Pacific's legends and legacies, and enjoy an evening of Big Island luau feasting, music and dance. The Kona Coast's ...  Read more

Location: Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $88.00

Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small Group Adventure Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 120 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

Location: Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $217.71

Best Volcano National Park Small Group Twilight Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 119 Reviews

Journey deep into Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and discover the Big Island's lava-fueled ecosystem. During this Big Island volcano tour, you’ll hike on ...  Read more

Location: Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $200.00

Kilauea Volcano Bike Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 46 Reviews

Join a guided Kilauea Volcano bike tour in the Hawaii Volcano National Park. You'll explore Kilauea Volcano, from its summit to the sea, as you bike down this ...  Read more

Location: Hilo, Hawaii
Duration: 4 - 5 hours

From USD $136.36

Oahu Jetpack Experience

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

This exhilarating Oahu jetpack experience is like no other! Harness the power of water as your jetpack launches you 30 feet (9 meters) above the waters of ...  Read more

Location: Honolulu, Oahu
Duration: Varies

From USD $210.43

Kealakekua Bay Deluxe Snorkel Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 10 Reviews

Cruise the Kona Coast and enjoy a morning frolicking in the warm Hawaiian waters. Snorkel equipment is available for use and expert instruction makes the ...  Read more

Location: Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $148.72

Kealakekua Bay Snorkeling Tour With Optional Honaunau Bay

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

Discover colorful fish and coral reefs in Hawaii’s crystal-clear waters on a snorkel tour that visits spectacular Kealakekua Bay, with trips to Honaunau Bay ...  Read more

Location: Hawaii-Kona, Hawaii
Duration: Varies

From USD $94.31

Big Island Waterfall Tour from Kona: Waipio Valley, Hamakua Coast and Akaka Falls

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

See three of the Big Island’s famous waterfalls — Hiilawe Falls, Akaka Falls and Rainbow Falls — on this tour to the Waipio Valley and Hamakua Coast. Discover ...  Read more

Location: Hawaii, Hawaii
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $176.05

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