4 Big Island Activities You Can’t Miss
So you’re taking a Hawaiian vacation—lucky you! While most tourists stick to Oahu and Maui, Hawaii’s Big Island has a lot to offer too. You’ll find less crowds than the beaches on Waikiki and more ways to explore this amazing island. Below are 4 ideas for Big Island activities on your Big Island vacation:
- A popular activity is Big Island lava tours. You and your travel companions can explore the many volcanoes of Volcanoes National Park. Mount Kilauea is still active and your best bet for seeing active lava flow! Hike to Rainbow Falls, an 80 foot waterfall that spills over a cave below. Visit the Thurston Lava tube and hike through it’s dormant path to the ocean. What’s more, you can explore black sand beaches made by all the lava flow and ash. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience to see these volcanoes and a tour makes it easy to see everything in one day.
- Another way to see Mt. Kilauea is via helicopter. Helicopter tours above the volcano’s “ring of fire” is an amazing way to see this active volcano. If you haven’t had enough or are determined to see some active lava, this might be the tour for you.
- Big Island boat tours are popular because this island is often believed to have the best snorkeling in all of Hawaii. Take the early morning tour to see dolphins and jump in to see some amazing Hawaiian fish. You can swim right up to the island’s edge where coral reefs and tropical fish hang out. Enjoy breakfast on the boat and a scenic ride around the island.
- If you’re up for more adventure than live volcanoes and snorkeling with dolphins, try zip-lining on the Big Island. What better way to see the tropical foliage of this island than whizzing through it at the canopy level? You’ll be trained in how to use the zip line and then connected with a sturdy harness. Professionals will walk you through the process and then off you go! It’s an adventurous way to see the beautiful sights of the Big Island.
If you have more time to island hop, consider taking day trips to some of Hawaii’s other sights. You can take a quick plane ride to Oahu and do a Pearl Harbor day tour. You’ll see the famous battle site but still make it back for dinner and sleeping in your hotel at Hilo. The Big Island is a great choice for those who want to experience a different side of Hawaii. Enjoy and Mahalo for choosing this fantastic island!