Big Island of Hawaii

Things to Do & Attractions in Big Island of Hawaii

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 533 Reviews

The mega attraction on the Big Island is Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii’s sole world heritage site. The volatile park’s centerpiece is Kilauea Volcano, ...  Read more

Mauna Kea Summit & Observatory

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 234 Reviews

Whether you’re a budding astrophysicist or just a fan of Big Bang Theory, take the opportunity while you’re on the Big Island to visit the Mauna Kea Summit ...  Read more

Waipi'o Valley

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 71 Reviews

Forming a deep natural amphitheater, washed by the sea and waterfalls, the Big Island’s Waipi'o Valley is a natural wonderland of flowering rainforest and ...  Read more

Kona (Kailua-Kona)

4.5 star rating: Recommended 230 Reviews

Often called Kailua-Kona, and referring to the western Kona Coast district as a whole, Kona is on the leeward (dry and sunny) side of the Big Island. The ...  Read more

Hilo

Hilo might be the Big Island’s largest settlement but it’s a laid back coastal place, with some classic old buildings and wooden storefronts. The town is on ...  Read more

Kealakekua Bay

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 135 Reviews

For some of the best snorkeling on the Big Island, visit the protected waters of Kealakekua Bay. This remote area is also popular with hikers, who might ...  Read more

Kohala

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 103 Reviews

Formed by a 5,400-foot volcano, Kohala is dominated by lush valleys, laid-back plantation towns, verdant pastures and ancient Hawaiian religious sites. The ...  Read more

Captain Cook Monument

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 87 Reviews

British explorer Captain James Cook met his death at Kealakekua Bay on February 14, 1779 perhaps due to a misunderstanding over the use of a boat. Today, ...  Read more

Honaunau Bay

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 13 Reviews

In ancient times, Honaunau Bay was a safe haven where Hawaiians could escape persecution. The adjoining National Historic Park tells the story of this City of ...  Read more

Hamakua Coast

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Curvy, cozy and impossibly green, the Hamakua Coast is a verdant time portal on the Big Island’s northeastern side. Often referred to as the “Hamakua Heritage ...  Read more

Kaumana Caves

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Created by lava flow from Mauna Loa in 1881, the Kaumana Caves are located near Hilo. Legend says Princess Ruth sat in front of the lava flow praying to the ...  Read more

Akaka Falls

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

When you first set eyes on Akaka Falls you can be forgiven if your heart skips a beat. After all, the beauty of this 422 ft. waterfall has been known to catch ...  Read more

Honokohau Harbor

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Steep drop-offs beckon just off Kona’s coast, the dominion of pelagic beasts—marlin and billfish some topping 1,000 lbs. Most journeys to catch one begin the ...  Read more

Thurston Lava Tube

4.5 star rating: Recommended 971 Reviews

Set inside of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the Thurston Lava tube is the most accessible lava tube on the Big Island of Hawaii. Discovered in 1913 by ...  Read more

Kilauea Iki Crater

4.5 star rating: Recommended 855 Reviews

There was once a time in 1959 when fountains of lava from Kilauea Iki crater erupted nearly 2,000 ft. into the sulfur-filled air. As lava spouted from the ...  Read more

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