3 Days on the Big Island: Suggested Itineraries
By Viator, April 2015
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
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
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)
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
Duration: 11 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Experience an intriguing and provocative journey through space and time as you head to the Mauna Kea Observatory, nestled high in the mountains of the Big ... Read more
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
Combine the magic of swimming with wild dolphins off the Kona coast with an amazing snorkel adventure in stunning Kealakekua Bay. Set out from the Big Island ... Read more
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)
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
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
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