5 experiences you must try when in Hawaii's Big Island

The largest island in Hawaii is packed with fun activities. Here is the Big Island highlights reel.

Visit these marvellous spots around the island of Hawaii like the Holei Sea Arch​
  • Bill Fink
  • August 2019

No trip to the Big Island is complete without a volcano hike. But what else can you get up to? Turns out, quite a lot!

Drive the Chain of Craters Road

A must-do drive through national park to the coast, winding 35 kilometres past an array of photo opportunity stops and culminating in a stunning lava field-meets-Pacific Ocean vista and the strange Holei Sea Arch.

Swim at the island’s best beaches

Wash off that lava dust in the Pacific Ocean with a snorkel at a beach like Hapuna, or make like a triathlete and go for a long swim in Kailua Bay, where the annual Ironman World Championship takes place each October.

Hawaii is famous for its surf, but serene Hapuna Beach has calmer waters
Hawaii is famous for its surf, but serene Hapuna Beach has calmer waters.

Spend the night on a volcano

Stay overnight at the hotel, cabins or campsites at Volcano House to get great early morning access to hiking trails.

Try a local brew

Cool off after a long hike or day at the beach with a craft brew. At Kona Brewing Co , you can visit the source of the popular local beer, and even go on a tour of the brewery.

Learn about (and taste) Kona coffee

The Big Island is famed for its Kona coffee, with hundreds of farms small and large growing the beans. Enjoy a cup at any café, or go on a tour at a plantation and roaster like Greenwell Farms south of Kona.