big island | activities

Getting out on the water in a kayak is a great starting point. You can paddle out to Captain Cook's Monument at Kealakekua Bay and jump in for a quick snorkel. If you're lucky, you may see a Humpback whale or encounter a group of Hawaiian Spinner dolphins playing about. Once you've tested out your tolerance level for danger, we mean adventure, sign up for a 3-4 hour zip line tour in North Kohala. This amazing tour takes you across 8 zip lines, 2 bridges, 3 waterfalls and 'Mac Nut Hut,' the best place to enjoy some nuts, fresh fruit, baked goods and photograph a 32' waterfall. Biking is also a great way to experience the Big Island's terrain.

The 'Big Island's' three hundred mile perimeter is great for cyclists who want to closely experience the varied terrain and also for those who just want to ride around until they find the perfect place to stop for lunch and a quick swim. Horseback Riding tours lead by Paniolo's, traditional Hawaiian cowboys, are amazing opportunities to experience something absolutely different, an opportunity to pass through functioning cattle ranches, ride along the beach and even camp. Should camping be something you're interested in, with or without a horse, camping permits are available. Even if you're staying in a hotel, or a resort somewhere, it's worth sneaking away for a night or two to sleep under the stars.