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How to Spend 1 Day on the Big Island

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How to Spend 1 Day on the Big Island
The Big Island earns its name. From waterfalls to coffee farms, beaches to volcanoes, there are a lot of attractions and a lot of ground to cover—the island is bigger than all the other Hawaiian islands combined. Here’s how to make the most of a single day on Hawaii’s largest island.

Morning: Waipio Valley and the Hamakua Coast
One way to see the Big Island’s highlights in a single day is on a circle island tour. Get an early start for the trip to Waipio Valley, where King Kamehameha was raised as a child. Stop at several waterfalls along the Hamakua Coast, usually including Akaka Falls and Rainbow Falls. Alternatively, kick off your day with a helicopter flight above the island. You get to see the island’s volcanoes, valleys, and waterfalls from above, while learning about the geology of the Big Island and Hawaiian archipelago.

Afternoon: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Spend your afternoon touring one of the Big Island’s star attractions, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Explore the lava fields, steam vents, volcanic craters, and lava tubes at your leisure. Those on a full-day circle island tour usually drive through the park before continuing along the coast. Popular stops include Kealakekua Bay, the spot where Captain Cook was killed; Punaluu Beach, a black sand beach known for its Hawaiian green sea turtles; and a Kona coffee farm in the highlands. 

Night: Manta Ray Night Snorkeling
A tour of the Big Island in a single day can take upwards of 12 hours, but if you have free time (and energy) in the evening, you’re in luck. The waters off the coast of Hawaii are one of the best places in the world to see giant manta rays in the wild. On a nighttime snorkeling tour, you head offshore, don snorkeling gear, and hop in the water to observe these magnificent creatures feed on microscopic plankton in their nighttime habitats. Some tours offer guaranteed manta sightings.
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Big Island in a Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, History

Big Island in a Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, History

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The Big Island of Hawaii has a diverse ecosystem unlike anywhere else on the planet, and on this day-long nature tour, experience the beauty of its black-sand beaches, thundering waterfalls, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. If you’re lucky, find Hawaiian green sea turtles basking on the coast. Since the tour only requires a moderate amount of walking, it's an educational adventure for travelers of all ages, with snacks and refreshments included.
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  • 11 hours
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Night Manta Ray Adventure -Guaranteed!

Night Manta Ray Adventure -Guaranteed!

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Have a unique Big Island experience snorkeling with manta rays on this tour. Led by a local guide, you’ll take a short cruise out to the manta site, where you’ll watch the beautiful Hawaiian sunset before dipping into the water to watch the manta rays up close. All necessary equipment will be provided for your excursion, as well as light refreshments and snacks to enjoy on board. Your tour will conclude at its original departure point. If you don't see manta rays on this excursion, book again for another night--no charge.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours
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Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small-Group Adventure Tour

Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small-Group Adventure Tour

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Experience big skies and incredible nighttime views on this Mauna Kea stargazing trip with a small group. Join no more than 28 guests for a pre-trip picnic at a historic Hawaiian ranch, proceeded by a ride in a 4x4 luxury van to the summit of the Big Island's tallest peak. After admiring a sunset view, continue down to 9,000 feet (2,743 meters) for a stargazing session, complete with a telescope, hot chocolate, and dessert. The trip also includes a guide and a hooded parka to keep you warm.
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  • 8 hours
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Island Breeze Luau on the Big Island

Island Breeze Luau on the Big Island

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If you find yourself scouring Big Island reviews for the best luau in Kona, be sure to check out the Island Breeze luau, located right downtown. This immensely popular Big Island luau features shows from around Polynesia, with performances ranging from Fijian war dances to traditional Hawaiian hula. The night is capped off by the heart-pounding action of the Samoan fire and knife show, and in addition to shopping for traditional crafts and receiving your own shell lei, you can feast on a filling Hawaiian buffet that’s paired with an open bar.
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  • 3 hours
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Private Doors-Off Helicopter Lava and Rainforests Adventure from Hilo

Private Doors-Off Helicopter Lava and Rainforests Adventure from Hilo

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Soar through the air with nothing between you and the radiating heat of an active volcano on a doors-off helicopter tour from Hilo. A must-do for adrenaline junkies, this aerial adventure takes you over the island’s volcanic landscape, so you can peer into craters and spot lava. Plus enjoy views of waterfalls and other natural features of the Big Island while aboard.
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  • 45 minutes
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Small Group Waipio Valley and Waterfalls Adventure

Small Group Waipio Valley and Waterfalls Adventure

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See three of the Big Island's most famous waterfalls in a single day on this guided tour. Travel along the Hamakua Coast to Akaka Falls, Hi’ilawe Falls, and Rainbow Falls. You also sample seasonal fruit and macadamia nuts at a fruit farm in Hilo, swim at a private waterfall, and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
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  • 10 hours
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Small-Group Big Island Tour: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Kona Coffee Farm

Small-Group Big Island Tour: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Kona Coffee Farm

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On this tour from Kona to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, experience some of the Big Island’s best sights in a small group capped at 10 people. In addition to stopping at Punalu’u Beach Park to walk down a black-sand beach, you have the chance to sip Kona coffee on the plantation right where it’s grown, as well as hike through a lava tube that was formed by Kilauea volcano. What’s more, receive an iPad to use on the tour. Use it for photos, videos, and info, as well as playing games or watching movies while traveling between the sites.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$186.99
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Big Island's Hawaii Grand Circle Island Tour

Big Island's Hawaii Grand Circle Island Tour

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This Big Island circle tour hits all the highlights of the stunning Big Island of Hawaii.  While riding in a comfortable minibus, watch out the window as the landscape changes with every bend in the road, from tropical, misty valleys full of ferns to a barren, black lava coast. This Grand Circle island tour includes round-trip transport from Kona, with pickup and drop-off at your hotel.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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