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Uncover the Wonders of the Big Island of Hawaii in Kona and Hilo

Journey to the heart of the Pacific with Far and Away Adventures, your key to unlocking the diverse landscapes and rich cultural heritage of the Big Island of Hawaii. From the fiery lava flows of Volcanoes National Park to the tranquil beaches of Kona and the lush rainforests near Hilo, the Big Island offers an array of adventures that span the elements. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or a nature lover, our selection of excursions and activities promises to deliver experiences that will enchant and inspire. Embark on an unforgettable adventure with Far and Away Adventures and explore the Big Island’s unique beauty and timeless allure.

Top 8 Must-Do Activities and Excursions on the Big Island

  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Tour – Witness the power of creation with visits to active lava flows and craters.
  • Manta Ray Night Snorkel in Kona – Swim with the gentle giants of the sea under the moonlit waters off Kona.
  • Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Adventure – Marvel at the sunset and stargaze from the summit of Hawaii’s tallest volcano.
  • Akaka Falls State Park Hike – Discover the towering Akaka Falls amidst a lush tropical rainforest.
  • Coffee Farm Tour in Kona – Explore the heart of Kona’s coffee country and sample world-renowned Kona coffee.
  • Black Sand Beach Visit at Punalu’u – Encounter sea turtles and unique black volcanic sand at Punalu’u Beach.
  • Waipio Valley Lookout and Hike – Experience breathtaking views and explore the “Valley of the Kings.”
  • Historic Kailua Village Walking Tour – Wander through this charming seaside town, rich with history and culture.

More Incredible Activities and Excursions with Far and Away Adventures

  • Hilo Farmers Market and Town Exploration – Taste local flavors and shop for unique gifts in vibrant Hilo.
  • Kealakekua Bay Snorkeling – Dive into crystal-clear waters and snorkel among vibrant coral reefs.
  • Lava Tube Cave Exploration – Adventure through ancient lava tubes formed by flowing molten rock.
  • Pololu Valley Lookout and Hike – Enjoy stunning views and a scenic hike in one of the Big Island’s most picturesque locations.
  • Green Sand Beach Adventure at Papakōlea – Visit one of the only green sand beaches in the world, accessible by a moderate hike.
  • Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park – Explore this sacred place of refuge and learn about Hawaiian culture and history.
  • Kohala Waterfalls Adventure – Discover the beauty of the Kohala Coast with a hike to several breathtaking waterfalls.
  • Thermal Hot Ponds near Pahoa – Relax in natural geothermal pools warmed by the island’s volcanic activity.
  • Botanical Gardens Tour Near Hilo – Wander through lush gardens featuring exotic plants worldwide.
  • Mauna Lani Sea Turtle Release – Participate in the conservation efforts and release of sea turtles into the wild.
  • Hapuna Beach State Park Relaxation Day – Enjoy the sun, sand, and surf at one of the Big Island’s most beautiful beaches.
  • Kilauea Iki Trail Hike – Trek across the floor of a crater in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
  • Captain Cook Monument Hike and Snorkel – Hike to this historic site and snorkel in the pristine waters below.
  • Hamakua Coast Scenic Drive – Take in the breathtaking landscapes along the northeastern coast of the Big Island.
  • Nighttime Volcano Lava Viewing – Experience the awe-inspiring sight of volcanic lava glowing under the night sky.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The Big Island is a great destination year-round, but the best weather is typically from April to October.

Lava viewing opportunities vary based on volcanic activity. Check current conditions before your visit.

Snorkeling with manta rays is a safe and supervised activity, providing a unique and unforgettable experience.

Dress warmly in layers, as temperatures can be very cold. Acclimate to the altitude as much as possible beforehand.

While not strictly necessary, a guide can enhance your experience with local knowledge and access to special locations.

Essentials include reef-safe sunscreen, a hat, hiking shoes, a swimsuit, and a camera. Consider a light jacket for higher elevations.

Respect all cultural sites, such as heiaus (temples) and petroglyphs. Do not disturb or remove rocks.

Follow the principles of Leave No Trace, use reef-safe sunscreen, and participate in eco-friendly activities.

For more information and to book your adventure on the Big Island, visit Far and Away Adventures — Experience Hawaii’s largest island’s diverse beauty and rich traditions with us.

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