The island of Hawaii is also known as the “Big Island”. Indeed, it is big – really big! It is so great that all the other major islands can fit on the Big Island TWICE! Covering over 4,000 square miles, the island has five volcanoes, two of which are still active today. Kilauea Caldera is the most active volcano in the world and in spring 2018, the rift zone is less expelled the largest amount of lava ever recorded in the islands (record-keeping began in 1794)! Kilauea is in continuous eruption since 1983, but as of September 2018, the volcano went quiet. While more than 600 homes and several miles of coastline were buried in lava during the volcanic events in 2018, the sky is clear today volcanic haze.
The Big Island is steeped in ancient history Hawaiian. Archaeological evidence shows that this was the first island chain to be discovered by Polynesian Voyagers there are over 1000 years. The Big Island (also known as the “Orchid Island”) was home to Kamehameha I who became the first king to rule over all the Hawaiian Islands in 1810. He said he fought against more than 40 years to unite the Hawaiian islands under one leader. Kamehameha was present when Captain Cook rowed ashore at Kealakekua Bay in 1779 and was wounded in the assault that killed Cook. Today a Cook Monument in Kealakekua Bay, along the Kona coast. The reef in front of the monument is one of the most pristine and snorkeling destinations in the entire state.
Sea Quest Boat Big Island Kona Coast Visitors
There are basically three sides of the island, which host the majority of tourist attractions: the west side (Lee and dry) is mainly black, barren lava stone; opposite is the upwind side, or “Hilo side” and is covered in lush tropical forest, valleys and waterfalls, and the looks of the Kohala Coast to the island of Maui northwest.
The Kona side, along the south coast, is a wealth of beautiful beaches and bays, including Kealakekua Bay where visitors get the best access to marine activities such as snorkeling, diving, surfing, and fishing.
Best Big Island of Hawaii Tours & Activities
We are here to help you discover everything there is to see and do on the Big Island. Of land, sea, and air tours, luau experiences, volcano tours and excursions to the neighboring island, we know that the best companies to choose that will bring you and your family stories to cherish for years to come to a price to suit any budget!
Big Island Tours On The Ocean
Dive in and explore the magnificent kingdom underwater reefs of the Big Island. With hundreds of miles of coastline, you will have your choice of reefs to explore! The reefs are full of life and the Honu (turtles) swimming next to you are magical. Snorkeling with the turtles is the most requested thing to do in the waters of Hawaii. Other must ocean activities include surfing, kayaking, canoeing, stand up paddleboard, and diving. One could say that half of Hawai’i beauty lies in its underwater reefs and we have a lot of visits Ocean to choose from!
Land Tours Across the Big Island of Hawaii
The landscape of the Big Island is formed by volcanoes, wind, and water, which makes every dramatic point of view. Tours across the island to see the jagged cliffs and mountains that dominate the skyline while you are immersed in the rich history, culture and beauty in every corner. Go visit the largest island in the Volcanoes National Park, humid tropical forests along the coast Hamakua and Hilo, and the beautiful beaches and historical sites in the Kona Coast. With hiking, horseback riding, zip-lining, and ATV tours, lots of adventure awaits! No matter where you stay on the island, there are endless land activities nearby that the whole family will enjoy!