Learn about the Big Island of Hawaii and plan your upcoming trip using our website. We share our favorite things to do, activities, itineraries, beaches, restaurants, and everything else you need to know for your vacation. We are a sustainable travel guide for the Big Island written by people with a passion for Hawaii.
Essential resources for planning your trip to the Big Island:
Have a look at our 16 Big Island highlights and find out more about the four most popular destinations: Kailua Kona, Hilo, Volcano Village and Waimea. Explore the local options for accommodation, restaurants, and activities.
Our itineraries are a good place to start planning your vacation to the Big Island. We have made sample itineraries for a 1-, 2-, 3-, 5-, and 7-day visit, that we hope will help you make the most out of your time. Have a look at our itineraries
Do you want to see a tropical coral reef while snorkeling and throw snowballs on the summit of Mauna Kea, both on the same day? And how about seeing flowing, red-hot lava? Read more about our favorite activities for the Big Island.
“What are the most important things to think about when I book my inter-island flight?” “How can I find the best (cheapest?) rental car?” We answer your questions and help you plan your trip with concise and handy tips. Read more in our guide to getting around on the Big Island
Our favorite things to do on the Big Island:
These are the 4 things that we think are the Big Island essentials. Don’t visit the Big Island without at least seriously considering them!
Manta ray night dive Dive or snorkel with these gentle giants in the open ocean during the night. This is one of the most memorable activities on the Big Island.
Stargazing The Big Island is home to some of the best telescopes in the world. Don’t miss your chance to see them at the summit of MaunaKea.