The Big Island of Hawaii is the largest of the Hawaiian Islands. It also the most diverse with active volcanoes, rainforests, pasture land and snow capped mountains. Hawaii is most known for its waterfalls, colorful beaches, green sea turtles, coffee and Volcanoes National Park. Use this list of the best things to do, see and eat on the Big Island of Hawaii to make the most of your time there.

Kona Waterfall Hawaii Big Island Best Things to do

Things to Do, See and Eat Near Hilo, Big Island Hawaii

Zipline through the rainforest past waterfalls

Don’t miss Akaka Falls 442 foot waterfall

Hike the loop to Kahuna Falls

Visit Rainbow Falls after sunrise to catch the rainbow

Hike to the Wailuku River’s Boiling Pots

Hike to the floor of Hi’ilawe Falls

Go for a swim in PeePee Falls (at your own risk)

Witness lava flow into the ocean by boat or helicopter ride

Watch the smoke rise from Kilauea Calders in Volcanoes National Park

Drive the beautiful Crater Chain Link Road

Take a bike tour through the lava fields

Lava Field Volcanoes National Park Hawaii Big Island Best Things to do

Stop by the Jaggar Museum and Overlook at night to see the lava glow

Spend a night at Kiluaea’s Volcano House

Walk through the Thurston Lava Tube

Check out the lava flow at Pahoa Town

Go on a lava hunt tour

Check out the Holei Sea Arch

Stop at the Kalapana Lava Viewing Area

Explore Kaumana Cave

Visit the tasting room at Volcano Winery

Hike the Kilauea Iki Trail to the craters floor

Kilauea Volcanoes National Park Hawaii Big Island Best Things to do

Relax in Ahalanui Park’s thermal pool

Try mushroom chocolate at Hamakua Mushroom Factory

Photograph MacKenzie State Park’s shoreline

Hike the Malama-ki Forest Reserve

Visit Hawaii Botanical Tropical Gardens

Watch the sunset and stay to star gaze at Mauna Kea Summit

Check out Kaimu Beaches black sand

Check out the old sugar plantations along Cane Haul Road

Explore Kapaho’s tide pools

Enjoy the log swing at Pololu Valley

Rainforest Hawaii Big Island Best Things to do

Things to Do, See and Eat Near Kona, Big Island Hawaii

Check out Papakolea’s green sand beach

Swim with Manta Rays

Snorkel the underwater sanctuary at Kealakekua Bay

Kayak past the Captain Cook Monument

Stop for samplings and tours along the Kona Coffee Belt

Learn about Hawaii’s history at Pu’uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park

Check out the sacred Hale O Kekuewa temple

See St. Benedict’s Painted Church

Stop by Huggo’s Bar at sunset for cocktails

Go paddleboarding

Take a glass bottom boat ride

Rainbow Falls Hawaii Big Island Best Things to do

Shop in historic Kona Town

Eat Poke

Check out Hulihee Palace and Mokuaikaua Church

Swim with wild dolphins

Relax on the white sand beaches of Kaunaoa Bay

Stop by the Pololu Valley Lookout for gorgeous coastline views

Stop at Buddha Point for a picnic lunch

Relax in a beach chair with a cocktail for sunset at Lava Lava Beach Club

Cliff dive off the End of the world (or watch others)

Check out the bee colonies at Volcano Island Honey Farm

Explore the Puako Petroglyph Preserves lava carvings

Check out the tide pools at Mauna Kea Beach

Hawaii Big Island Best Things to do sunset

Relax on Hapuna Beach

DIY a tour of the Great Hawaiian Nut Trail

Stop by Hamakua Macademia Nut Company for samplings and souvenirs

Take a surfing lesson

Swim with sea turtles at Kahaluu Bay

Participate in a cattle drive at Waimea’s Dahana Ranch

Stop in Kona Brewery for a local beer

Learn to play the ukulele

ATV through Waipio Valley

Attend a luau

Take a sunset dinner cruise

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