Big Island Most Popular Things To Do

Want to know what to do while visiting the big island of Hawaii? We have compiled a list of things to do in and around the Big Island of Hawaii. Because the Big Island of Hawaii is so big, it is common for visitors to stay centrally located on either the Hilo or Kona side of the Big Island. However, it is important to point out, that this is still an island and it is very possible to do the entire island in one day, with a few stops included. Take your time and circle the island. This Big Island list here can be done in 3 to 7 days depending on how much time you have.

Big Island Most Popular Things To Do

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Volcano National Park – Established in 1916, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park,  is a United States National Park located in the U.S. State of Hawaiʻi on the Big island of Hawaiʻi. Home of two active volcanoes, Kīlauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, and Mauna Loa, the world’s most massive subaerial volcano. This park is a MUST visit.

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Kilauea Iki trail, located in Volcano National Park. You can see Kilueau burning int he background from this lookout point.

Waipio Valley – Known as the “Valley of the Kings,” Waipiʻo Valley is located in the Hamakua District of the Big Island of Hawaiʻi. “Waipiʻo” means “curved water” in the Hawaiian language. With stunning views from the lookout point only those with 4-wheel drive vehicles or an urge to hike ever make it to the bottom. The 4×4 rule is strictly enforced at the top of the valley by a manned booth.

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This is a view of the coastline from the Waipio Valley lookout!

Akaka Falls – Akaka Falls State Park is located 11 miles north of Hilo along the old Mamalahoa highway. The 422 foot waterfall is stunning and certainly worth the drive up the slopes of Mauna Kea’s east side. There is a half mile loop trail that is paved and has handrails. You will walk through rain forest and over streams before arriving at this magnificent water feature.

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Akaka Falls as seen from the lookout.



Kailua-Kona – The historical walking area on Kailua Bay is worth checking out. There are several bars, restaurants and shops to pick up a souvenir. Check out the old Kona Inn and the farmers market, where you can pick up some fresh tropical fruit.

Kailua-Kona as seen from the sea wall on Ali'i Drive.

Kailua-Kona as seen from the sea wall on Ali’i Drive.

Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden – Located just 10 minutes north of Hilo along the Hamakua Coast, Highway 19. The garden has over 1,800 species of tropical plants including orchids, banana groves & more in a tranquil setting.

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Waterfall along the trail in the Botanical Garden.

Hapuna Beach – Hapuna Beach State Park is a popular white sand beach located on the west coast of the Big Island, along the Kohala coast. Hāpuna (literally, “spring” or “pool” in Hawaiian) is popular with residents and visitors alike because of the white sand under their feet and fun waves.

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Hapuna Beach on a Saturday afternoon.

Dive Two Steps – Snorkeling “Two Steps” leads you into an underwater paradise. Located on Honaunau Bay, famously known as “place of Refuge,” a historical village with a $5.00 parking fee. If you opt not to see the village, next door is “Two Step,” a popular diving and snorkel destination, with a boat ramp.

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Yellow Tang are just one of the fish you will see while diving here.

Mauna Kea Summit – There are guided tours for anyone wanting to go to the summit. You just needs to arrive at the Visitor Information Station, by 1:00 pm for the Escorted Summit Tour, or between 6:00 and 10:00 pm for Stargazing.

Mauna Kea as seen from the rest stop below.

Mauna Kea as seen from the rest stop below.

South Point – South Point park (Ka Lae) is located in the Ka’u district of the Big Island of Hawaii. The park gets it’s name because it is the southern most point of the island as well as the southernmost point of the United States.

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South Point is located on the Big Island of Hawaii. This is a picture of the cliff jump along the cliffs.

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