The Is­land of Hawai‘i

101 Things to Do (Big Island) - - WELCOME -

The Big Is­land of Hawai‘i proves that size does, in­deed, mat­ter. This youngest of the Hawai­ian Is­lands also is the largest, thanks in large part to its most-ac­tive vol­cano, Ki­lauea, which con­tin­ues to add to the Big Is­land’s land mass through steady lava flows that travel from the crater to the sea.

Vis­i­tors can wit­ness Madam Pele, the fiery vol­cano god­dess, in all her glory through a mag­ni­tude of ways, be it on a high­fly­ing heli­copter ride over red-hot lava fields at night or on a heart-pump­ing bike ride that vis­its the rim of the caldera be­fore de­scend­ing into a trop­i­cal rain­for­est.

Though far less showy, the Big Is­land’s other vol­ca­noes also pro­vide an awe-in­spir­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for those am­bi­tious enough to make the trip. At the snow-topped sum­mit of Mauna Kea lies the largest as­tro­nom­i­cal ob­ser­va­tory in the world, while a labyrinth of caves, canyons and co­ral reefs can be found in the ocean wa­ters un­der Mauna Loa (which hap­pens to be the largest vol­canic moun­tain in the world!).

The Big Is­land also is home to a few other “big-ticket” ad­ven­tures. Go zi­plin­ing past wa­ter­falls and moun­tain cliffs; hunt 200-pound deer or Poly­ne­sian boars on a work­ing cat­tle ranch; ex­plore the is­land from the back of a horse or ATV; or get up close with col­or­ful marine life, in­clud­ing ex­otic fish, dol­phins and manta rays.

Those who like things a lit­tle tamer can opt to take a scenic tour of a lo­cal farm, walk along a black-sand beach, es­cape to a sea­side yoga re­treat, soak in a nat­u­ral hot spring or get a oneon-one golf les­son at one of the best golf schools in the U.S.

This time of year also is prime whale-watch­ing sea­son, when thou­sands of hump­back whales make the long jour­ney from Alaska to Hawai­ian wa­ters, along the way dis­play­ing some amaz­ing be­hav­iors vis­i­ble from shore­line lookouts or the safety of a char­tered cruise.

And for those who are big on cul­ture and food, don’t worry— be­tween lo­cal farm­ers’ mar­kets, fine-din­ing es­tab­lish­ments, mom-and-pop stores, cof­fee plan­ta­tions, his­toric homes and miles upon miles of coastal high­way, there’s no short­age of things to do and see.

That’s where this guide comes in. To help make this very big is­land a lit­tle more man­age­able, we’ve sorted through all there is to do and com­piled a list of the top 101 ac­tiv­i­ties, des­ti­na­tions and at­trac­tions.

If your stay with us is just too short to jam ev­ery­thing in this time around, don’t worry—you can al­ways re­turn for an­other su­per-sized ad­ven­ture! We’ll be ea­gerly wait­ing to wel­come you back with 101 Things to Do.

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