BIG ISLAND'S BEST Top 10 Tours
Waikoloa Marriott Royal Luau
The Big Island's best luau overlooks an ancient fishpond lined with palm trees. Great food, beautiful sunsets, engaging Polynesian show!From $165.22 /per person
Manta Ray Night Snorkel
The most FANTASTIC snorkel experience possible, float at the surface with bright lights shining down and watch the underwater ballet of the graceful giant manta rays with wingspans up to 14 feet! This is a MUST DO experience!From $118.92 /per person
Twilight Volcano and Stargazing
Wasabi Tours presents a unique opportunity to explore a black sand beach, witness the glow of lava in the evening sky at Kilauea, followed by stargazing near Mauna Kea.From $225 /per person
Fair Wind Snorkel
The Fair Wind is the Big Island's most popular snorkel cruise for a reason. It is a full-featured trip and goes to a world-class snorkeling site at the Captain Cook Monument in Kealakekua Bay. LOTS of beautiful yellow tangs and parrotfish here!From $159 /per person
Waikoloa Sunset Sails
Enjoy a sunset out on the ocean on board a relaxing sailing catamaran departing from Waikoloa Beach. Cocktails and appetizers included.From $139 /per person
Umauma Zipline Experience
Our favorite Big Island course leads you down the mountain crossing back and forth over a gulch that is just filled with one beautiful waterfall after another. 8 awesome lines of zipline adventure!From $209 /per person
Mauna Kea Summit and Stars
Journey via 4wd vehicle to the 13,800 foot summit of Mauna Kea to watch a sunset while overlooking the observatories. Stargazing and telescope views after dark! Book now ... sells out MONTHS in advance!From $255 /per person
Helicopter Tours from Hilo
Flights over Kilauea Volcano and rainforest waterfalls outside of Hilo. See current lava activity, recent flows, craters, rifts, and more!From $369 /per person
Captain Zodiac Rafting
The adventure lovers way to snorkel the Kona Coast ... Captain Zodiac Rafting hugs the coastline and goes in and out of sea caves and the nooks and crannies of this lavascape. Great snorkeling at Captain Cook Monument too!From $125 /per person
The Big Island of Hawaii
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The Big Island of Hawaii … is called that because ... well, it's a big island. As a matter of fact, it is larger than all the other Hawaiian islands PUT TOGETHER, making up 62% of the total land area of the state. It is a little confusing to some folks that this island is also known as "Hawaii Island" and the state is called Hawaii. A lot of first-time visitors make the mistake of thinking that the Big Island is the "main island" and the location of the City of Honolulu. That's the island of Oahu. The Big Island ... AKA Hawaii Island, is large, but it is MUCH less densely populated than the island of Oahu with a total population of around 185,000.
The Big Island is also the youngest island, and is the one island that is still volcanically active. As a matter of fact, Kilauea Volcano is the most active volcano anywhere in the world! The current eruptive phase started in 1983 and lava has been oozing out almost continuously with very few breaks in during that 40 year span! There are fewer beaches here, but the few that have formed are incredibly beautiful. The Big Island offers fantastic snorkeling along the Kona coast, with a lot of marine life.
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DON'T MISS THIS
You must see Kilauea Volcano during your vacation! It is the most approachable active volcano in the world! Even when there is a lull in current activity, there is so much to see and evidence of the activity is everywhere with steaming cracks and crumbling craters!
MOST UNIQUE ADVENTURE
Without question the Manta Ray Night Snorkel is the most unique adventure on the Big Island ... and probably the whole state! Snorkel at night with bright lights shining down into the water that attracts plankton, and the plankton attracts the manta rays. Sometimes a dozen of these giants with wing spans of 14 feet will put on an underwater ballet dance for you as they swoop in and scoop up the plankton just inches away from you! It is an otherworldly experience you will never forget!
- Major airports are in Kailua-Kona (KOA) and Hilo (ITO) ... Kona is where most tourists stay, but Hilo is the county seat.
- Population - 186,700
- It is the by far the largest island in the Hawaiian chain.
- Honolulu isn't on the Big Island ... it's on Oahu.
- Kilauea Volcano is the world's most active volcano and has been erupting constantly since 1983.
- Measured from it's base on the ocean floor, Mauna Kea is the largest land mass on the planet, rising over 33,000 feet tall and dwarfing Mount Everest in sheer volume.
- The summits of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea are almost 14,000 feet above sea level and often receive snow in the wintertime.
- The Big Island is made up of 5 volcanos that overlap into one giant island.
- A new island called Lo'ihi is forming off the southeat coast and is expected to break the ocean's surface in 10,000 years or so.
- South Point is the southernmost spot in the United States.