Plan Your Trip
The Island of Hawaii, commonly referred to as “The Big Island”, has plenty of places to explore and activities to do. You’ll see nature at work: from the volcanoes and lava fields, to the waterfalls and rain forests, and black, white and green sand beaches.
Big Island of Hawaii Activities
The Big Island has a wide variety of activities to suit every interest:
- Horseback Riding
- Scuba Diving
- Whale Watching
- Sport Fishing
Big Island of Hawaii Attractions
- Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is the largest park in the state and the island’s most popular destination.
- The Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii presents 100+ exhibits in its 12,000-square-foot gallery, exploring the connections between the Polynesian star navigators, early observers of the stars, and modern astronomers, with real-time information direct from Mauna Kea's world-famous observatories. The theme of human exploration and voyaging runs throughout the center's exhibits.
- Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park has petroglyphs, Hawaiian temples, fish ponds, and other historic artifacts in its 1160-acre park.
Big Island of Hawaii Dining
There are a variety of dining options in the Kona and Waikoloa areas for any type of budget. Be sure to check the Aloha Book for savings on many of these restaurants:
- Denny’s – Kona, 808-327-2184
- Don's Chinese Restaurant – Kona, 808-329-3770; Kamuela: 808-885-5828
- Island Lava Java – Kona, 808-327-2161
- Romano's Macaroni Grill – Waikoloa, 808-443-5515
Big Island of Hawaii Transportation
Hawaii Island has two major airports: Kona International Airport (KOA) on the west side of the island, and Hilo International Airport (ITO) on the east side. Aston Shores at Waikoloa is located about 20 miles northeast of the Kona airport.