Hawaii Bucket List: Things To Do On The Big Island

Hawaii Bucket List: Things To Do On The Big Island

things to do on the big island

As Hawaii’s most diverse island, the Big Island boasts a unique landscape that encourages visitors to explore the unparalleled beauty of the region. Here are the top five things to do on the Big Island:

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

This attraction is what sets the Big Island apart from the other islands. The Kilauea volcano is not only one of the top things to do on the Big Island, but it is also the most viewed volcano in the world. Five separate volcanoes make up the park and it’s easy to spend days exploring this region. From crater overlooks to stunning hikes to art galleries, there is something for everyone in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Hit The Beach

Beaches are the main attraction on any of the Hawaiian islands, and the Big Island is no exception. What sets the Big Island beaches apart from the other beaches of the islands is the black sand, coral, and lava rocks that make up the coastal areas. When determining what beaches to visit, be sure to consider if you want to snorkel or surf, if you need a more protected area for less capable swimmers and the type of facilities that you desire.

Some of the most popular beaches on the Big Island include Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (white sand), Laupahoehoe Beach Park, and Punalu’u black sand beach. 

Tee It Up

The Big Island boasts Hawaii’s best golf courses, making this a star attraction of the region. The multitude of courses features sweeping views of the ocean, unique ancient lava flows, and more. There are courses for every skill level, ranging from casual municipal courses ideal for beginners all the way up to challenging championship courses for expert golfers.

Luau and Hula Performances

The state of Hawaii boasts a culture rich in tradition and history. There is no place that demonstrates this better than at a classic luau, partnering traditional Hawaiian food with the native dance and song of the island. Most luaus serve a cornucopia of Hawaiian delights highlighted by the roasted kalua pork and the neverending supply of Mai Tais. There is a variety of luau shows to choose from on the Big Island, making it easy to find one that fits any personal need and preference.

Helicopter Tours

No trip to the Big Island is complete without a helicopter tour soaring high up over the stunning scenery with the volcano as your backdrop. Tropical Helicopters delivers everything you need in a tour through the air with its two unique experiences. The Kona location offers the popular Hawaii Circle Island Experience, flying high over all five volcanoes, the various colorful sand beaches, and the famed Kona Coffee Belt. Tropical Helicopter’s Hilo location features the Hawaii Volcano Helicopter Tour. In this tour, guests will fly in a doors-off Hughes 500 helicopter on the way to fly over a myriad of sights, including the active Kilauea Volcano, the cascading waterfalls of North Hilo, and Puna’s tropical rainforests. Our team of friendly and professional pilots is committed to delivering our guests an unforgettable experience on their Big Island adventure.