Big Island Tours
Get ready for the time of your life on a Big Island tour. This volcano-rich landmass in the middle of the Pacific Ocean is an outstanding place in which to quench your thirst for nature. Hit up the beaches for dozens of ocean activities, or go on a sightseeing tour or air tour. Any way you slice it, you’re in for a treat! For a complete listing of Big Island Tours, Click Here:
The Big Island, also called Hawaii Island or the Island of Hawaii, offers hundreds of miles of coastline in which to explore the Pacific Ocean. As with most of the Hawaiian Islands, popular ocean activities here include sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving. If you’re searching for mass appeal, know that Anaehoomalu Beach on the Kohala Coast is great for all of the aforementioned purposes. Meanwhile, Leleiwi Beach, Hapuna Beach, and Kahaluu Beach are geared more toward snorkeling and scuba diving. Still other Big Island tours will also transport you out to dive sites further off the coast, including the Mauni Lani Caves, Golden Arches, and Turtle Pinnacle.
Another popular type of Big Island tours are the sightseeing tours out to Mt. Kilauea. A hiking or driving adventure around Hawaii Volcanoes Park will do just that, putting you in close proximity to the most active volcano in the world. Just by taking the crater rim drive, for example, you can see the Kilauea Caldera and Iki Crater, walk through the Thurston Lava Tube, and stop to learn about the island’s five shield volcanoes at the Jaggar Museum. Even more dramatic, however, is the experience of taking a helicopter tour high above Kilauea and its cohorts, including Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, which are the most massive volcano and tallest mountain in the world (i.e., measured from sea floor to summit), respectively.
There’s plenty more in terms of sightseeing tours, however. Take a journey out to the city of refuge at Puuhonua o Honaunau, and behold the land where fugitives fled from their avengers. You can check out the amazing 10-ft.-tall, 17-ft.-thick Great Wall, the ancient Hale o Keawe Heiau (i.e., temple), and a stunning shoreline of black lava rock. Still other Big Island tours will transport you to the Puukohola Heiau, which was built by King Kamehameha the Great, conqueror of the Hawaiian Islands, who was born on the Big Island. If Kamehameha’s of interest to you, you may also want to make a path to the Waipio Valley, where he grew up. This gorgeous valley boasts 2,000-ft.-tall cliffs, and the tallest waterfall on the island, Hiilawe Falls.
Several towns are excellent for sightseeing tours, too. Hilo looks out to a gorgeous bay, and features great shopping options such as the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory. Furthermore, it boasts easy access to Wailuku River State Park, where you can check out legendary Rainbow Falls and nearby Boiling Pots, where the water’s always bubbling without even being heated! Kailua-Kona is another worthwhile town to discover on Big Island tours. All sorts of historical landmarks can be investigated here, including Hulihee Palace, which was a 19th century vacation home for Hawaiian royalty; and Mokuaikaua Church, which dates back to 1820 and was the first Christian church built on the Hawaiian Islands.
Of course, driving around the island isn’t always easy; indeed, there are many areas that are closed off to ground transportation. Therefore, we suggest that among your Big Island tours, you take at least one helicopter tour. Air tours will put you in touch with Mother Nature, giving you upwards of half an hour to soak up the sea cliffs of the Kohala Coast, the lush rainforests along the Hamakua Coast, and more. Certain helicopter tours even cross the Alenuihaha Channel for a glimpse at the Haleakala Crater in Maui. Again, if you’ve never experienced the Big Island from the sky, then we heartily commend it to you.
We know that’s a lot to digest, but the message is rather simple: you will love your Big Island tour, no matter which one you select. So come experience the tropical wonders that define the nature of Hawaii. Whether you choose one of the many ocean activities that are so popular among visitors and locals alike, go on a simple sightseeing tour by motor coach, or soar through the air on a helicopter tour, you’re sure to get more than you were bargaining for!