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3 Days on the Big Island: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, December 2014

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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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Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small Group Adventure Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 78 Reviews

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

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

From USD $207.29

Big Island Grand Circle Island Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 127 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 $104.39

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 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 $165.63

Volcano National Park Small Group Twilight Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 61 Reviews

Journey deep into Hawaii's Volcanoes National Park and discover the Big Island's fascinating volcano-fueled ecosystem. Experience the magic of Pele's creation ...  Read more

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

From USD $196.87

Lava Legends and Legacies Luau on the Big Island

4 star rating: Recommended 60 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 $85.00

Kilauea Volcano Bike Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 27 Reviews

Join an amazing 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 ...  Read more

Location: Hilo, Hawaii
Duration: 4 - 5 hours

From USD $130.19

Oahu Jetpack Experience

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 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

Private Tour: Hawaii Island Adventure

Experience the best of the Big Island's natural beauty on a full-day private tour with an experienced guide. Take in the sights in Hilo, including the ...  Read more

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

From USD $260.42

Big Island Air Tour by Cessna Plane

Take in the stunning scenery of the Big Island on a deluxe sightseeing flight that lasts almost two hours. Fly over Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and its star ...  Read more

Location: Hawaii, Hawaii
Duration: 105 minutes (approx.)

From USD $345.00

Snorkeling and Kayak Adventure: Underwater Arches, Lava Tubes and Sea Caves

Explore the Kona coast on an adventurous guided tour that includes kayaking, snorkeling and swimming in an amazing location. Mauna Loa volcano serves as a ...  Read more

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

From USD $195.00

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