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The 10 best tours on the Big Island
The Big Island of Hawaii is so diverse and offers so much to do. The first thing you should know about your Big Island vacation is that I recommend that you do plenty of exploring on your own! Make sure you rent a car (read about why you need a rental car on the Big Island) and get out there and explore.
That said, there are some things that you can’t do on your own, and I recommend a tour for them. I also know that some travelers prefer tours, so I included a few things that you can do alone or on tour, and I’ll note those below. I have lots of blog posts on the Big Island; you can check them all out here.
The best Big Island Tours
1. Kealakekua Sail and Snorkel
If you only do one thing on this list of the best tours on the Big Island, do this one! Kealakekua Bay is one of my favorite spots on the Big Island. The snorkeling is fantastic, and you’ll most likely see lots of dolphins too. It’s not easy to access unless you can boat or kayak in, so I recommend a sail and snorkel tour.
2. Waipio Valley Waterfall Adventure
You can drive down to Waipio Valley by yourself, as long as you have a 4-wheel drive. Make sure to check your rental agreement, most rental companies do not allow you to drive into the Valley on your own. Fortunately, you can also take a tour. On that note, I always recommend getting a rental car on the Big Island.
3. Circle of Fire Volcano and Waterfalls helicopter tour
I recommend taking a helicopter tour, no matter which island you’re visiting. The Big Island is extra special because you can see the volcano from the air. I recommend the Circle of Fire and Waterfalls Volcano tour.
4. Manta Ray Night Snorkel
Another unique-to-the-Big-Island-tour, night snorkeling with manta rays is a must on your Big Island vacation.
5. Kohala Canopy Zipline
Fly across the lush forest of the Big Island’s northern Kohala region on a 3-hour zipline adventure near Kapaau. This incredible course features nine thrilling ziplines.
6. Kona Coffee Farm
No visit to the Big Island would be complete without a tour of a Kona coffee farm.
7. Island Breeze Luau
I know that a luau is a Hawaii bucket list item for most visitors. Check out the Island Breeze Luau.
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8. Historical Dinner Cruise to Kealakekua Bay
If you love history, take a Historical Dinner Cruise to Kealakekua Bay with Body Glove. This is the same bay that I mentioned for snorkeling, but a completely different cruise. Even if you go twice, you won’t be disappointed.
9. Kayak Kealakekua Bay
If a boat tour isn’t your thing, you can also kayak Kealakekua Bay. I recommend a tour, but you can also rent kayaks on your own and do some exploring.
10. Atlantis Kona Submarine Adventure
The Atlantis Kona Submarine Adventure is a popular tour for cruise guests on the Pride of America. The Submarine tour leaves from the dock in Kona, so it’s walking distance if you’re cruising. Even if you aren’t cruising, this is a unique way to see underwater if you aren’t into snorkeling or scuba.
The 10 best tours on the Big Island
I hope that this list of the best tours on the Big Island will help you figure out what to do on the Big Island. I also have a free 7-day Big Island itinerary if you aren’t sure where to start. If you’d rather let someone else handle your vacation planning, feel free to contact me. As a Hawaii Travel Agent, I plan Big Island vacations and vacations throughout the Hawaiian Islands every day!
Want more Big Island vacation tips?
If you want even more Big Island vacation tips, check out some of my other Big Island blog posts:
- How to plan a Big Island Vacation
- 15 free things to do on the Big Island
- Where to find sea turtles on the Big Island of Hawaii
- Best Happy Hours in Kona
- 25 best things to do in Kona
- 7 Best Big Island resorts
- The 7 Best Things to do on the Big Island
- Best Hawaii island for honeymoons
- 100 things to do in Hawaii
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