3 Days on the Big Island: Suggested Itineraries

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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.

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