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 578 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 254 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 82 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 262 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 154 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

Captain Cook Monument

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 97 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

Kohala

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 90 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

Honaunau Bay

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 17 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

Mauna Loa

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

The world’s most massive volcano doesn’t tower over Hawaii Island like you might expect. Instead, its giant three-pronged fingers take up most of the southern ...  Read more

Hamakua Coast

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 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

Akaka Falls

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

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

Jaggar Museum

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

For the last several years, the Jaggar Museum and its overlook have enjoyed one of the best vantages for spotting glowing lava in Kilauea's summit lake. A ...  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

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

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