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Welcome to Big Island of Hawaii

The Big Island of Hawaii provides visitors a true escape from daily life, whether you’re hunting for glowing lava, beaches, adventure, or tropical rain forests. Nature lovers find endless places to explore on the lush isle, from the peaks of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to the Waipio Valley. Become part of the local culture by dancing to Polynesian rhythms or dining on roasted pig at a Hawaiian luau. The Big Island brims with opportunities to discover new trails, find your own perfect beach for snorkeling, admire waterfalls, and savor Hawaiian sunsets with a fruity cocktail in hand.

Top 10 attractions in Big Island of Hawaii

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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Located on the Big Island of Hawaii, the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park offers visitors a front-row seat to the region’s striking natural beauty. Home to everything from lush rain forest and the Halemaumau Crater to lava tubes and rolling black lava fields—where hot steam still rises from fissures and rifts that dot the rugged landscape—Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is a must on the Big Island.More
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Mauna Kea Summit & Observatory

Mauna Kea Summit & Observatory

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Visiting the Mauna Kea Summit and Observatories gives you the feeling of being on top of the world for good reason: You’re actually pretty close. Standing at 13,796 feet (4,138 meters), the mountain is Hawaii's tallest and the highlight of many visitors' trips to the Big Island of Hawaii. The Mauna Kea Observatories (MKO) feature some of the world's largest telescopes, including equipment from Canada, France, and the University of Hawaii, due to its designation as an unparalleled destination for stargazing.More
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Kona (Kailua-Kona)

Kona (Kailua-Kona)

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Kailua-Kona, the largest town on the Big Island of Hawaii, is the epicenter of activities and tours on the Kona Coast—part of the island’s western (leeward) side. The antithesis to the lush, often rainy jungles of Hilo on the island’s eastern (windward) side, dry and sunny Kona’s activities put a huge emphasis on long days in the outdoors. Kailua-Kona is the jumping-off point for the Big Island’s best coffee-farm tours, superb reef snorkeling, all levels of hiking, and experiencing ancient Hawaiian culture, while downtown’s seaside shops and dining come with spectacular sunset views.More
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Kealakekua Bay

Kealakekua Bay

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The marine sanctuary of Kealakekua Bay ranks among Hawaii’s most scenic spots for snorkeling, swimming, and hiking. The beautiful bay, home to spinner dolphins and backed by green mountain slopes, was the site where Captain James Cook landed—and was later killed—on the Big Island in 1779, forever altering the history and culture of the archipelago.More
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Waipio Valley

Waipio Valley

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Forming a deep natural amphitheater that’s washed by the sea and waterfalls, the Waipio Valley, on the Big Island of Hawaii, is a natural wonderland marked by rain forests and hiking trails. Cliffs thousands of feet high plunge to the valley floor, where a curved black-sand beach meets the sea.More
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Rainbow Falls

Rainbow Falls

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One of the most popular waterfalls on the Big Island of Hawaii, Rainbow Falls is loved for its easy access and the rainbows that frequent the falls on misty mornings. The Wailuku River varies dramatically based on rain, but this 80-foot (24.4-meter) cascade wows viewers whether it is a thundering torrent or delicate trickle.More
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Punaluʻu Black Sand Beach

Punaluʻu Black Sand Beach

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Hawaii’s volcanic activity creates a dynamic array of beaches ranging from soft white shores to the black pebbles of the Big Island’s Punaluʻu Black Sand Beach. But, travelers aren’t the only visitors to Punaluʻu; the area is known for the large green sea turtles (honu) that come out to bask along the black sand shoreline.More
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Captain Cook Monument

Captain Cook Monument

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British explorer Captain James Cook met his death at Kealakekua Bay on February 14, 1779, after a skirmish with the king of Hawaii in a local village. Today, a white obelisk in Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park stands sentinel over the lush coast and its crystal clear waters, commemorating his death.More
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Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)

Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)

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Located within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the Thurston Lava Tube is the most accessible lava tube on the Big Island. Discovered in 1913, this 500-year-old tube was created by subterranean lava that once flowed through this young section of earth. Today, the tube is illuminated to create an eerie glow for visitors who venture inside.More
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Akaka Falls

Akaka Falls

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Located north of Hilo, Akaka Falls is one of the best-known waterfalls on the Big Island. Surrounded by lush, tropical jungle, the 442-foot-high (135-meter-high) Akaka Falls is easily accessible by a short, paved loop trail, making it one of the most popular and scenic attractions on the island.More

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Top activities in Big Island of Hawaii

Big Island in a Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, History
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Night Manta Ray Adventure on the Big Island, Hawaii
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Manta Ray Night Snorkel

Manta Ray Night Snorkel

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Captain Cook /Kealakekua Bay
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Captain Cook /Kealakekua Bay

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Whale Watching On The Big Island

Whale Watching On The Big Island

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Big Island, Kona Manta Ray Night Snorkel- Small Group
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Deluxe Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument
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9-Line Zipline Experience on the Big Island, Hawaii
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Polynesian ATV Tour

Polynesian ATV Tour

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Wake Up With the Whales Cruise
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Recent reviews from experiences in Big Island of Hawaii

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Go! Do this!
lisa_s, Jan 2022
Manta Ray Night Snorkel
These manta rays are incredible, and with this tour you get to see them so so close.
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The driver was very...
Madhavi_C, Dec 2021
Private Transfer From Kona International Airport to Hotels in Kailua-Kona
We got some good information about the local attractions from the driver.
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Unless you enjoy driving...
Helen_A, Dec 2021
Big Island in a Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, History
Unless you enjoy driving over 200 miles in one day to see the best of the Big Island on your own, this tour is the best way to do it.
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Great Experience, Fun and Informative
Rama_R, Dec 2021
Atlantis Submarine Kona - Hawaii Island
Great experience and lucky to see the sea floor with the native Hawaiian fish.
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Worth every penny
Cynthia_C, Dec 2021
Big Island Circle Tour and Volcano: Coffee, Wine, Waterfalls and Hamakua Coast
Excellent way to see a ton of Hawaii in one day, with a knowledgeable guide.
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A Good Tour
ChongHau_L, Dec 2021
Big Island in a Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, History
You get to see the coffee farm, waterfalls, the volcanic park, though it was foggy, but the best part was learning about Hawaii and its culture, people and history during the tour.
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Weather didn't cooperate....
KongBlia_V, Dec 2021
Small-Group Big Island Tour: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Kona Coffee Farm
It was cloudy and rainy all day so we didn't get to see much of the volcano and no lava.
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Awesome, trip!
Colin_E, Nov 2021
Sunset Sail Experience at Kona from Honokohau
Amazing to see all the different underwater creatures in Hawaii
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Awesome day!
Stephanie_C, Nov 2021
Kohala Waterfalls Small Group Adventure Tour
I would recommend this tour for anyone, there is a hike and steps, but totally doable and the waterfalls and swimming pond was great!
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Majestic Animals
Ericam_D, Oct 2021
Night Manta Ray Adventure on the Big Island, Hawaii
One of the great activities we did in Hawaii- The crew: Simon, Ula and Kenny were awesome.
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Whole island experience
Bridget_O, Oct 2021
Small Group Big Island Twilight Volcano and Stargazing Tour
Be prepared for a long day - so much to see and experience!
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Amazing views!
Carlos_V, Sep 2021
Big Island Zipline Over KoleKole Falls
Waterfalls AMAZING!
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The best tour guide in Hawaii!
Carol_B, Sep 2021
Small-Group Big Island Tour: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Kona Coffee Farm
She related many Hawaiian stories of Pele and has a vast knowledge of the history of the volcanos and the best places to visit.
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Incredible sights you won’t see on your own!
Zac_S, Sep 2021
Kohala Waterfalls Small Group Adventure Tour
The swim through the waterfall was fun and refreshing.
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Cool ride in the high country
Kevin_P, Sep 2021
Polynesian ATV Tour
Everyone in our tour group participated in activities.
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Tour of Volcano Park
Michael_Levy, Aug 2021
Private VIP Adventure from Kona or Waikoloa
He is also very nice and great with kids.
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Great way to see the island!
Leslie_L, Aug 2021
Small Group Big Island Twilight Volcano and Stargazing Tour
This was a great way to see the island in a day!
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Big Island in a Day Tour MORE than worth it!!!
Diane_B, Jul 2021
Historical Dinner Cruise to Kealakekua Bay
The info he taught us was amazing, the trip to the coffee farm, bakery, Volcano National Park, and waterfalls was truly spectacular!!
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April_P, Nov 2021
Big Island in a Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, History
Love the tour guy tyler kept us entertained while we drove to each place was very informative of hawaii heritage love the black sand beach got to see a turtle on the black sand saw some flowers i didn't know what it was showed him it and he knew what it was
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So much fun
stephryan, Jul 2021
9-Line Zipline Experience on the Big Island, Hawaii
This was definitely one of my favorite activities while in Hawaii.
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