Top Things to See & Do on Big Island Hawaii

Hawaii Island's Best Attractions, Activities, & more...

With so many activities, attractions, and things to do, the Big Island is a Hawaii vacationer's dream. That said, we understand it can be difficult to choose the best sights and experiences. That's why we've placed our favorites on this Big Island of Hawaii Must See and Do page. Here you will find our picks for the top natural wonders and more. Wondering about the best things to do? Then check out our Best Big Island of Hawaii Vacation Activities article and let the fun begin. 

Big Island of Hawaii definitely has more than its fair share of flora, fauna, and fun! Plus, you'll want to check out our handpicked Big Island Tours section, where you can plan, book, and go to Big Island all in one convenient place. Mahalo! 

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Big Island's Top Attractions

Hawaii has a myriad of breathtaking sights and deciding which ones to see can be a challenge. In a perfect world, you'd be able to see them all in one trip, but that's hardly realistic. That's why we're including our picks for the best Big Island attractions here. Each has its own qualities that make it uniquely fascinating. First, head to the hottest spot on the island (pun intended) and tour Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. You'll need to cool off after all that fire, so head to some of the best waterfalls... or the beach, of course. And if you want the chance to do it all: hike, walk a black sand beach, kayak, and enjoy stunning views, the Waipio Valley awaits. Whether you have a favorite Big Island attraction or are looking forward to choosing one first hand, let us introduce you to some of our favorites here. 

Big Island Bucket List Adventures

If you're visiting the Big Island, chances are you're already fulfilling a bucket list adventure. That said, there are some experiences that go beyond the "must do" category and land square into the bucket list category. Why? Because they stand out as being truly extraordinary. Your bucket list adventure might take place under the sea as you swim with curious Hawaiian green sea turtles or mesmerizing manta rays. Of course, you can go a little (um, a lot) higher up and glide along on a thrilling zipline adventure and admire the trees and waterfalls from above. You can even add a hike and swim to that if you want. And that's the recipe for the perfect bucket list adventure. You have the recipe, now book your adventure and get cookin' on your own Big Island bucket list experience! 

Big Island Eco-Adventures

What is an eco-adventure, you ask? As its name implies, it is the sweet spot we love here at Hawaii Guide: the place where outdoor adventure and environmental responsibility come together for extraordinary fun. And if it's eco-adventure you're after, look no further than the Big Island. Grab the reins and spend some time as a Paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) on your trusty steed. Or, grab the binoculars instead and spot some of the world's rarest plants and animals on a birdwatching excursion. And no trip to the Big Island would be complete without a stargazing trip on Mauna Kea. After all, the world's tallest mountain from base to summit is home to the best star show on the planet! No matter which Big Island eco-adventure you book, we know you'll love our selections! 

Big Island Evening Entertainment

Planning a night out on the Big Island is easy, as there are so many ways to sit back, relax, and have the perfect date night or family night. Of course, who wouldn't love an evening at sea enjoying a delicious dinner and toasting the Hawaiian sunset? Or, change gears and get ready to laugh your okole off at Hawaii's best comedy and magic show. Oh, and don't forget to attend a Big Island Luau, as no trip to the islands is complete without appreciating the traditional dance, dress, delicious meal, and Aloha spirit offered up at these can't-miss events. Book your Big Island evening entertainment today and soon you'll be having a night to remember! 

Best Big Island Land Adventures & Tours

It's no secret that Big Island has more land mass than any of its Hawaiian Island neighbors; plus, it's growing every day thanks to Kilauea. So, needless to say, its landscapes are ripe for exploring. And one of the best ways to do so is by renting the car of your dreams- whether it's a luxury car or a cute sub-compact- and cruising to the best sights and attractions on Hawaii. Rather get a little (or a lot) of exercise while exploring? Then lace up your hiking boots and get ready for some of the best views on the island on Hawaii's most coveted hiking trails. Don't miss the opportunity to see why Hawaii is many visitor's favorite island. Book your Big Island land adventure soon. 

Best Big Island Water & Ocean Adventures

A big part of Hawaii's charm is her colorful beaches, stunning coastlines, and underwater wonderlands. Ready to hit the sand? Great! Just choose your color- green, black, or white- grab your sunscreen, and get ready for fun; whether that means lounging, swimming, or snorkeling. And speaking of snorkeling, make sure book an open sea snorkeling adventure... you'll likely see sea turtles, colorful coral reefs, manta rays, and more colorful fish than you could ever count. You can even take a submarine tour. How cool is that! These are our picks for the Big Island's cant-miss ocean adventures. Check out our selections, choose the best one(s) for you, and plan, book, and go with Hawaii Guide! 

Best Big Island Air Tours

Because the Big Island is, well, so very big, an aerial tour is a wonderful way to take in a large number of sights across the island. Not only that, taking an air tour means you'll travel in comfort and also enjoy the best possible views. Hop into a helicopter and zoom over volcanoes and watch the lava shape the island. Afterward, head to the lush Hamakua Coast for some greenery and waterfalls. And while the Big Island has more attractions than you could ever see on just one vacation, you may want to enjoy a change of scenery and grab a flight over to a neighboring island for a day. How about a trip to Oahu to tour the top sights? If that's not enough adrenaline for you, then allow us to suggest parasailing; it's always a big hit with visitors. Choose your Big Island air tour, book today, and get ready to soar soon!  

Recommended Big Island Tours

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