Hawaii is a picture-perfect destination. This Central Pacific archipelago consists of hundreds of islands and a diverse range of activities in which to partake. But each island has its own personality, and you can quickly become stressed out, especially if you are trying to plan a multi-island itinerary. If you want to visit the Island of Hawai’i, your travel advisor can prevent you from having a melt-down before you even see a volcano!
With huge waves, volcanoes, and exciting culture, Hawaii will keep you busy and entertained. Here are eight suggestions of things you really should do while visiting the “Big Island.”
Whale Watching – The Island of Hawai’i is the most popular destination for whale watching in Hawaii. The best time to catch a glimpse of Humpback whales is from January to March. You can see these magnificent creatures via a cruise or private boat tour.
Luaus – These traditional ceremonies are a significant source of entertainment on all islands within Hawaii, and there are plenty on the Island of Hawai’i. Take the opportunity to enjoy live dancing, learn about Hawaiian and Polynesian culture, and enjoy delectable cuisines.
See a Lava Show – Hop aboard a World-class catamaran to get up and close to the volcano fingers as they enter the sea. You will have thoroughly trained staff aboard, and safety is paramount. You can select from a tour in the morning, sunset, day, or twilight tour.
Helicopter Tours – Various tour lines offer unique aerial journeys that allow you to view the breathtaking Hawaiian scenery. From volcanoes and waterfalls to hidden valleys and majestic coastlines. A helicopter tour is truly an ideal way to sightsee.
Surfing – This activity originated in Hawaii, and the “Big Island” offers surfing for all levels. Kahalu’u (in Kona) is a good place for surfing and also for snorkeling. This bay is the perfect spot for beginners as you can also get surf classes and rent surfboards at the bay. While the best surfing is really in O’ahu or Maui, you can still hang ten on the Big Island.
Horseback Riding Tours – Explore the coastline or venture to hidden trails on an exploratory horseback tour. Most companies offer private as well as group tours. Some countless ranches and stables accommodate tourists. Paniolo Adventures is one of the largest, with an 11,000-acre cattle ranch located in Waimea.
Mauna Kea – This dormant volcano is a unique wonder to explore and erupted over 4,000 years ago. You can hike the summit, but be sure to stop by the VIS (Visitor Information Station) to check for weather and safety tips. If you want to see an active volcano, you’ll need to visit Kilauea! Both volcanoes are on the Island of Hawai’i.
Kona Coffee Farm Tour – Kona coffee is some of the most delicious gourmet coffee that you can find. Kailua Kona, located on the “Big Island,” is the heart of Kona coffee. When taking a tour, you will get to see processing facilities as well as the coffee fields. Don’t forget to take some time to indulge in the popular beverage.
Pack a bag and your sunscreen and be ready for some adventure! When you’re ready to visit Hawaii, send us an email or fill out our travel inquiry form, and we will match you up with the perfect travel advisor to help you plan your next favorite vacation!