3 Great Activities to Try on the Big Island

Big Island or Hawai’i Island is notable for being the largest of the Hawaiian Islands, and also the youngest thanks to its mother, the Volcano Kilauea. You don’t want to miss the tours of Volcano Natural Park either. Big Island Volcano Tour guides can frequently provide visitors with views of streams of molten rock flowing down the mountain and sizzling into the sea. You’ll be able to walk on ground younger than you are.

But besides the Big Island lava tours, what is there to do for fun on the Big Island? Here’s three ideas.

The Kona Coffee Festival

Even if you don’t like coffee this event is worth a look. More than a week of festivities in Kona kick off with the International Lantern Parade featuring dancing, pageantry, and (you guessed it) lanterns and the week is thick with dozens of contests, cook-offs, a scholarship pageant, farm tours, art exhibitions, coffee workshops, outdoor concerts, and more parades. You can catch it every November and visit their website HERE for more information. konacoffeefest.com.

Go whale watching

From December to early April hundreds of Humpback Whales come to mate and give birth in the calm waters off Kona, conveniently presenting them for one of the best whale watching opportunities in the world! Breaches are especially common as males compete for females and new mothers teach calves. Many tours guarantee sightings, and most experts are familiar enough with the local whales to point them out by name.



Kona and the nearby countryside is also a wonderful place to spend the day wandering shops or outdoor bazaars. There aren’t many department stores or malls, so expect to find small, unique establishments with custom and one-of-a-kind items. Notable destinations include the Ali’i Drive in Kailua with small shops well stocked in souvenirs and beach items, Hilo Hattie with locations at Kona and Hilo and a reputation for high Hawaiian fashion, and the Holualoa Village which is stocked with galleries and custom items.

Check out the rest of this blog for more great ideas for adventures on Big Island and don’t forget to book your tours on Big Island with DiscoverHawaiiTours.com! You can also call 808-670-3743.

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