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Things to Do on The Big Island

The Big Island offers a lot of adventure as well as a variety of cultural and recreational activities. You will want to rent a car to maximize your access to intimate, less traveled locations.

If you're an avid hiker, try day trips to Papakōlea (Green Sand Beach) in the southern part of the island or Waipio Valley in the far north. Be sure to take a camera.

If you prefer being at the beach, we have several of the best beaches on the island within a short driving distance. Pine Trees and Kahalu'u beaches are great for beginner or intermediate surfers. You should also visit nearby Kekaha Kai Beach Park and Hapuna Beach.

Going out on the ocean is always an adventure and in Kona you can do it year around. Snorkel, dive, whale watch, swim with dolphins (not in captivity), parasail, sail or even go deep sea fishing.

If you are interested in Hawaiian Culture, astronomy or simply want to experience stargazing the Hawai'i night sky, visit the Mauna Kea Visitor Station website for information on free programs and events.

For current information on Kīlauea's eruption and park closures, please visit the Volcano National Park website.

Back on land, you may want to visit a Kona coffee plantation (after picking up an iced coffee at Kona Coffee and Tea) and book an evening show at the Aloha Theatre in nearby Kealekekua.

There are a variety of restaurant and food options in Kona. We recommend Big Island favorites like the best poke at Da Poke Shack or dinner by the ocean at Huggo's on the Beach (Check it out at sunset!).  If it's beer you're into, local brewery Kona Brewing Company will keep you happy; and they serve the best pizza in town!