What activities are available in the Big Island?

Welcome to the the island of Hawaii, whose things to do and big time adventures match its affectionate nickname — the Big Island. This is simply the place to come be totally engulfed in nature, especially the gigantic volcanoes that make the entire state of Hawaii so famous. Not only that, but the clear blue waters of the Pacific, the breathtaking waterfalls and the greenery inside the mountains are wonders to behold.

Where to start enjoying the magnificent things to do in Hawaii? How about seeing it all with one Grand Circle tour of the whole Big Island! This way, you get a magnificent 360º bird’s-eye view of the main landmarks — Volcanoes National ParkKilauea CalderaKealakekua BayKilauea Iki and the Steam Vents. To go deeper in to the verdant nature of Big Island, take the Waterfall and Rainforest Trail tour for 15 miles of exploration and even some ATV exhilaration.

For even more adrenaline and nature, check out the Historical Ocean and Kohala Ditch Trail ATV Adventure, which will have you traversing through mountain streams and you’ll find secluded waterfalls along the way. Or you can take your daredevil spirit to greater heights with the Akaka Falls Skyline Zipline Adventure, which will have you soaring above ravines at the home of the 250-foot Akaka Falls.

Of course, the things to do in Hawaii island are not exclusively for thrill seekers. You can also take it slow and steady with some sailing and swimming in the Big Island’s protected waters with the Afternoon Snorkel Cruise. Or go on an unbelievably beautiful hike through Volcanoes National Park with the Twilight Volcano Adventure, and visit caves, forests and other natural landmarks such as the famous Pele volcano — something that's hard to find in the continental United States.

Are you ready to try the best things to do in the Big island? There are plenty of tours and activities in Hawaii Island for you to experience, along with this selection of tours that are hand picked by local destination experts:

Great Things to Do in Hawaii, the Big Island




Sail into the waters where Captain Cook once sailed in a special snorkel cruise from Keauhou Bay in Hawaii’s Big Island. On this afternoon excursion, you’ll discover coral reefs teeming with tropical fish while swimming and snorkeling in the bay, as well as float and go down water slides in the warm Hawaiian seas.


Explore the Polynesian landscape of Hawaii on your own ATV, discovering the history of Old Hawaii while enjoying a wild adventure. On a one- or two-person off-road vehicle, you'll drive across Kohala and visit its beaches, uncovering the land favored by Hawaii’s King Kamehameha.


Adventure seekers vacationing in the Big Island, this is the outing for you! Travel across Hawaii on the back of an off-road vehicle and explore paradise as you ride beneath the canopy of the rainforest, cross mountain streams and visit hidden waterfalls, climbing from 250 to 2,500 feet.


Imagine a breathtaking hike from Big Island’s mountains to the ocean as you witness different climate zones and ecosystems. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is yours on this Kilauea volcano adventure in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Traverse caves, forests, natural phenomena and see active volcanoes on a 12-hour journey that fully connects you with nature.


Soar high above the 250-foot cascade of KoleKole Falls on an adrenaline-pumping zip line adventure on Hawaii’s Big Island. Hiking along the Akaka Falls State Park on the Honomu Coast, you’ll travel along zip lines 450 feet above the ground for some of the most heart-racing tropical views in the Aloha state.


Set off on this amazing 260-mile tour through captivating rainforests and spectacular volcanic formation on the Grand Circle Island tour. Get an incredible view of the massive Kilauea Caldera and journey through the Volcanoes National Park aboard spacious a motor coach.

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