There is a lot to do in Hawaii. But while many tourists gravitate towards the ever popular Oahu and Maui, you may be surprised to find how much the Big Island has to offer. Away from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki and Honolulu, this island is more than twice the size of the others combined and offers some amazing eco-tourism. It’s worth looking into and staying on this island if you’re looking for something different and off the beaten path. Below are three activities to try while vacationing on the Big Island of Hawaii.
- Big Island snorkeling is said to be the best of any of the Hawaiian Islands. Just of the Kona District is some fantastic snorkeling and sometimes this includes dolphin watching as well. Sign up for a morning tour that offers breakfast on board, a scenic boat ride and some unbeatable snorkeling. The Big Island is unique for it’s eco-adventures. This island has all but two of the world’s climate zones with snowy peaks on the mountains and tropical rainforests below. So it’s not surprising that the sea life is just as fantastic. What’s more, the Big Island is home to the largest sea mountain in the world, more than 33,000 feet in height.
- Another highlight to hit is the Big Island volcano tour. Here you’ll tour Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, home to one of the world’s most active volcanoes—Mount Kilauea. Not only will you glimpse active lava flow, but you can also hike through extinct lava tunnels that open up to the black sand beaches. This park has some truly magnificent sights that you can only see on the Big Island. If you want to see what’s called the “ring of fire” (Mount Kilauea’s active ring of lava), you can take a helicopter tour and see it all from the air. This is a spectacular way to see the largest of all the Hawaiian Islands.
- Finally, try something daring and take a zip-lining tour of the island. You’ll go zooming through the rainforest and see everything with a bird’s perspective from the canopy level. This is an exhilarating way to see the rainforest and it’s a ton of fun. The best part is that you only have to have enough adventurous spirit to buckle up and hold on. It’s fun for nearly all ages and doesn’t require a lot of activity or athletic prowess. Zip lining is a very popular tourist attraction on the Big Island and one worth trying.