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Best Tours on the Big Island of Hawaii - Hawaii is known for its stunning coastline, lush valleys, and snow-capped volcanoes. But many people don't know that the Big Island of Hawaii is also packed with incredible natural attractions. From world-renowned Hawaiian Volcanoes National Park to the unique whale-watching tours and more, there's something for everyone on the Big Island.

All of The Big Island Tours we took by Real Hawaii Tours were such a fun and exhilarating experience!

Robert N. - Hawaii Island Visitor

The Big Island of Hawaii

Island Information


The Big Island, the largest of the Hawaiian Islands, is a land of contrasts with 8 of the world's 13 climate zones. On its slopes, you can find winter-dry mountains and rain forests, while at its coastlines, there are sunny beaches and coral reefs. 

Best Time to Visit the Big Island of Hawaii

Hawaii Island Weather

The best time to visit the Big Island of Hawaii is during the winter months, from September to November. The weather is cooler, and there are fewer tourists. The beaches are still beautiful, and hotel rooms get considerably cheaper, giving you the chance to invest that budget into the endless activities around.

Things to do on the Big Island of Hawaii

Big Island's Best

The Big Island of Hawaii is one of the most diverse places on Earth, with endless activities. From kayaking and hiking to whale watching and Luau's, the Big Island doesn't lack resources; here are the best things to do on the island.

Stargazing from the Biggest Observatory in the World

The Big Island of Hawaii is where stargazers can truly appreciate the night sky. With no light pollution and clear skies, the island offers some of the best views of the stars you can dream of. On a clear night, it's possible to see thousands of stars and planets and other celestial objects. The best place to admire the constellations is Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano, and the research observatory nearby, which is the largest in the world.

Take a Snorkeling Tour

Snorkeling is a trendy activity on the Big Island because of the clear water and abundance of marine life. The Kona Coast has many good snorkeling spots, including Kahaluu Beach Park, which is famous for its turtles, and Kealakekua Bay, which has a wide variety of coral and fish species.

We recommend joining a day tour to know the best areas to snorkel and discover other spots on the same day.

Manta Snorkeling by Night

Lastly, you can't skip a manta ray snorkeling tour by night - your opportunity to get close to them and see them in their natural habitat is surely one unique experience.

Big Island Beaches

Hawaii Island Attractions


Makena Beach State Park

Makena Beach State Park sits on the southern coast of Maui and is one of the best beaches on the island. The beach features nearly flat cliffs, silky white sand, and turquoise waters. It's an ideal place for swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing.


Palauea - White Rock

Located in the town of Wailea-Makena on Maui's South Side, Palauea Beach is a place where beautiful white sand beaches and lush green mountains meet. The beach is framed by clear waters and an oasis of calm that makes it a calming place to relax. It's also ideal for swimming, snorkeling, and paddle boarding.


Ka'anapali Beach

Due to the pristine environment and abundance of fun activities, Ka'anapali Beach in Maui is most often cited among the best beaches in the world. It lies on the west end of the island, and it's renowned for its fine waters and attractive white shoreline. This beach is a favorite among tourists and locals alike.


Wai’anapanapa State Park

Another famous beach on Maui, Wai'Anapanapa State Park, is famous for its black-sand beaches and clear water. It's a great place to go for a hike, rent a kayak and tour the coast, or fly your drone and take photos to be proud of back home.


Honolua Bay

Honolua Bay is one of the most beautiful spots on Maui - and it's also a favorite spot for surfers. The waves here are great during the summer but can be pretty big, so it's not the best place for swimming, but the view is definitely worth a visit. 

Best Places To Stay in Maui

Island of Maui


South Maui - Kihei and Wailea

The most popular area on Maui is probably the Southern tip, in Wailea or Kihei. Home to endless hotels for families and couples, both cities are near incredible beaches that allow you to go scuba diving without driving too far. The drawback is probably the crowds during the summer, but that is expected in such a famous area. Most tours pick tourists up from Kihei and Wailea, which is a great advantage as you probably don't want to be the last sitting on the bus to go snorkeling or whale watching.


West Maui: Lahaina, Kaanapali, Kapalua

West Maui is replete with luxurious resorts, golf courses, and picturesque beaches. While you'll be near the most popular attractions, it's more of a settlement trip and can be quite a challenge to get to the other side of the island. We recommend West Maui to couples and luxury travelers who want to escape the vibrant south part of the island Wailea to a more unique and premium setting.


Along the Hana Highway - On the Way to Hana

The Hana Highway is another great area to stay, despite the less convenient location and fewer accommodations. Benefits include fabulous views with abundant waterfalls, and tumultuous streams are yours to keep for at least part of the day. Those who are inclined to athletic adventures with fewer tourists will enjoy staying here.


Central Maui (Kahului and Wailuku)

For a convenient access between the road to Hana, the Western end of Maui, and the Southern tip, Kahului and Wailuku are great places to stay. In addition to driving everywhere in Maui conveniently, both cities are near the airport which is an advantage when it's time to go back home.