Experience the Island of Adventure

Twice the size of all the other Hawaiian Islands combined, the Big Island is filled with unique sites and adventures — you won’t lack in things to do and see.

This beautiful island is the most diverse of the Hawaiian Islands from beaches to mountains to lava fields to rain forests. Overflowing with scenic beauty, the island is filled with a colorful pallet derived from its waterfalls, rainbows, snowcapped mountains, rain forests and gorgeous beaches featuring white, black and even green sand. You’re truly in for a treat!

The first of the Hawaiian Islands settled by the Polynesians it is also rich with history. Don’t waste a minute of your stay — enjoy the sights, sounds, and of course the delicious food while learning about Hawaiian culture, history, and legends as you revel in all the Island of Adventure has to offer.

Ways you can explore the island...

Helicopter Tour
The best possible view is from above

Soar through the forest for the thrill of a lifetime

Explore a 25-acre natural coral reef and its marine inhabitants

Great for all ages and the best way to experience a waterfall

Horseback Riding
Enjoy spectacular scenery while walking or trotting

Bike Tour
An enthusiastic and rewarding way to explore the island

All-Terrain-Vehicle Adventure
Ride along the coasts or within the hidden forests

Whale Watching
Enjoy an exhilarating ride while you spot whales and dolphins

Sport Fishing
Choose from a wide variety of fishing charters and locations

Snorkel Adventures
Witness spectacular ocean creatures, coral reefs and caves

The Big Island's #1 Attraction: Volcanoes National Park

Volcanoes National Park is a spectacular showcase of millions of years of volcanic activity – with steaming vents, craters, cinder cones, hardened lava fields, lava tubes (caves), “tree molds” embedded in hardened lava and towering clouds of steam whenever lava is flowing into the ocean. The park is busiest when lava from Kilauea (the world’s most active volcano erupting continuously since 1983) comes within a short hike of the road. The park is also an international center for the study of volcanism.

This fire pit lies within the Kilauea Caldera. It is considered to be the home of Hawaii’s volcano goddess, Madame Pele.

Devastation Trail
The trail passes through an area devastated by a prolonged shower of hot cinders from the 1959 eruption of Kilauea Iki. Bleached white tree trunks dot the landscape and lend it a spare beauty.

Kilauea Iki
"Iki" means “little” in Hawaiian, but during past eruptions, this little crater has done major damage to nearby native ohia forests. A hike into the crater leads through a lush forest to a stark crater floor.

Thurston Lava Tube
A huge cave formed as the top of a large lava flow cooled more quickly than its contents, which eventually ran out, creating the subterranean void. Today, Thurston Lava Tube’s dark interior is illuminated.

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Check these extraordinary sites off your bucket list


Mauna Kea Summit
At 13,796 feet, the world’s tallest mountain from sea level to summit, it is also considered the best place in the world to stargaze and also offers an incredible view of lava, desert, the valley, Haleakala on Maui, and Mauna Loa

Wailuku River State Park
features two main attractions: Boiling Pots, where the water appears to boil, and the 80-foot Rainbow Falls

The Liliuokalani Gardens
Japanese gardens featuring flowers, plants, gazebos, bridges and paths

Panaewa Rainforest Zoo
A variety of rainforest animals and endangered Hawaiian animals

Pacific Tsunami Museum
Dedicated to the history of the 1946 and 1960 tsunamis that devastated the island

Imiloa Astronomy Center
Explore the connections between Hawaiian cultural traditions and astronomy

Lyman Museum
Natural history of Hawaii’s islands and people

East Hawaii Cultural Center
A showcase of local art

Hamakua Coast

Waipio Valley
Enjoy this natural wonder from the panoramic lookout above or the black sand beach below

Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
In a time when rainforest plants are disappearing at an alarming rate, the Garden is working to preserve as many species as possible for the benefit of future generations

World Botanical Gardens
Botanical gardens with a large waterfall

Botanical World Adventures
Zip line, segway, off-road adventure, maze and more

Akaka Falls State Park
Features two beautiful waterfalls, the Kahuna and Akaka Falls


Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park
An important site where Captain James Cook first set foot on the island in 1778

Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park
Explore the grounds including the Great Wall, wooden images of gods, a sacred temple that housed the bones of 23 chiefs, and a black lava rock shoreline that hindered those who broke kapu from approaching by sea

Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park
Explore 1,160 acres of early temples, fishponds and petroglyphs

Sample coffee and shop in this small village and art enclave in the heart of Kona coffee country

Historic district with perfect waters for snorkeling, scuba diving and kayaking

Hulihee Palace
Once a summer vacation home for Hawaiian royalty built in 1838

Mokuaikaua Church
Hawaii’s oldest Christian church, founded by missionaries in 1820

Ahuena Heiau
Located on an artificial island across from Kamakahonu Beach, this temple served Kamehameha the Great when he returned to the Big Island in 1812


The “Golf Capital of Hawaii”
Including Mauna Lani Resort Golf Club, Waikoloa Village Golf Club, Waikoloa Beach Golf Course, Waikoloa Kings’ Course, and the Francis H. I’i Brown Golf Course

A charming town offering quaint cafés, trendy boutiques and the original King Kamehameha statue

Pololu Valley Lookout
A scenic vantage of the island’s mountainous northern coastline

Hapuna Beach State Park
A beautiful white sand beach that has been called the best beach in the United States

Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site
The largest restored temple in Hawaii

Kahua Ranch
Horseback riding and ATV tours

Lapakahi State Historical Park
A large area of ruins from an Ancient Hawaiian fishing village


Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Witness Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, with your own eyes

Manuka State Wayside Park
Arboretum and Manuka Nature Trail, a two-mile hike through natural area reserve

Punaluu Black Sand Beach
Black sand made of basalt and created by lava flowing into the ocean which explodes as it reaches the ocean and cools

Papakõlea Green Sand Beach
In the entire US, it is the only beach with green sand, and only one of a couple in the entire world

Known as “South Point,” is the southernmost point of the 50 United States and is popular among backpackers and hikers with trails that crisscross the land from the mountains to the sea

Ailani Orchards
Macademia nut and coffee farm with tasting room and store


Kaimu Beach
Famous for its black lava sand and high surfs

Ahalanui Warm Pond and Poihiki Hot Springs
A coastal geothermal bath heated below the earth by Kilauea’s steam

Lava Tree Monument
State park that preserves lava molds of tree trunks formed during the 1790 lava flow

Town partially destroyed by lava, now a volcano-viewing site

Volcano Village
A village with glass blowers, painters and ceramic artists

A former mill town with an inviting boardwalk housing eclectic shops and eateries