There is never a lack of things to do on the big island of Hawaii. One of the cool things about the big island is that there’s something for everyone, whether it’s hanging out at the beach and working on your tan or taking a helicopter tour you can have a thrill a minute or just veg while you’re here.
Some days there are 2 para sail boats and other days just 1 depending on demand. If you’re thinking about doing it, the best time is early in the morning when the sky is blue and the temperature is about 80 degrees. Watch the Kona webcam and you might just see it go by! The webcam link is on the home page.
Got a disability? Here is a new local website that caters to folks with special needs. http://disabledadventureshawaii.com/index.html I spent some time looking through her site and it’s got a lot of activity providers listed that welcome visitors with disabilities.
If you’re more of a keep your feet on the ground kind of person then maybe a snorkel tour down to Kealakekua bay would be more to your liking. There are a few different ways to get there, but my favorite is Sea Quest. I’ve been with them a couple of times and the boats are small and hold about 10 people max if I recall correctly.
They’re based out of Keauhou bay which is closer to Kealakekua bay than Captain Zodiac so it shaves off 6 miles travel to and from the bay which is nice. The guides are very knowledgeable about the area and stop along the way to show significant historical points of interest and somethings which are just plain cool! Like the cliff where some of the locals jump off into the ocean. By the way, I won’t be telling you how to get to that cliff. Chances are you’ll die there. I know, I almost did.
Other things to do on the big island of Hawaii
OK so you’re not afraid of heights… Probably one of the most memorable things you can do on the big island of Hawaii is take a helicopter tour. OK, now for a moment of truth, the only way you’re getting me in a helicopter is at gunpoint. Having said that, if in fact you did have a gun I’d ask you to call Blue Hawaiian Helicopters. My friend Bob Pettee is one of their pilots. Bob’s been fly’n choppers since Vietnam and if I had to go, I’d go with Bob.
Click here to see about taking a helicopter tour with Blue Hawaiian Helicopters.
One of the most wonderful things I’ve ever done here was to do a night dive with the manta rays. You don’t have to be a diver though. You can snorkel on the surface and see the mantas down below. I guarantee it will be on your short list of coolest things you’ve ever done in your life.
I was talking to a friend who recently went on a manta ray dive and he said they saw over 20 mantas. Wow! There’s no guarantee you’ll see mantas, but if you do, it will be a memory for life.
There are so many things to do on the big island of Hawaii and so little time…
The sparkling snow and Maxfield Parrish blue sky is so unexpected. We knew it was up there but there was no sign of it and then suddenly the landscape …
My boyfriend and I were snorkeling in Kealakekua Bay, and we could literally hear the echos of dolphins while swimming under the water! So out of curiousity,…
Manta Ray Night Dive
About 8 years ago I did the Manta Ray Night Dive off the old Kona Surf Hotel. My dive partner and I entered the water next to the hotel and then snorkeled
Lapakahi State Park – Ancient Fishing Village
About 40 miles north of Kailua Kona off highway 270 is Lapakahi State Park. It’s a small fishing …
Lava Tube Cave 2.1 Miles North of Kona Airport
Just north of Kona International airport on the Queen “K” highway is the largest lava tube (cave) in the area that I know about.
Lava tubes by Honaunau
Over on the Hilo side don’t miss Akaka Falls
Take a road trip to Volcano’s National Park
If you want to see the ultimate botanical garden of Hawaii in Hilo.
What are your favorite things to do on the big island of Hawaii?