Big Island Things to Do
The Big Island’s size and diversified climate means there is a lot of activities and entertainment to participate in. From hiking to rodeos to scuba to snowboarding, the Big Island offers just about everything.
One of my favorite resources for things to do, featuring “nature and culture based experiences”, is Alternative-Hawaii. Another of my favorite resources is InstantHawaii.com, featuring information about Hikes, Parks, Trails, Scenic Drives and more.
Below is just a small list of activities that are available to visitors and residents of the Big Island:
- Hundreds of miles of hiking trails and mountain bike trails
- Volcanically heated swimming areas
- Surfing and body boarding
- Scuba and snorkeling
- Playing with red hot lava
- Shore fishing and deep sea fishing
- Boat cruises
- Stargazing and Astronomy shows
- Cavern and Lava Tube tours and clubs
- Golfing (18 golf courses)
- Rafting and flume rides
- Petroglyph sites
- Flower and Tropical gardens
- Whale and Dolphin watching
- Helicopter tours
- Wineries and Coffee plantation tours
- Horseback riding and rodeos
- Kayaking and Canoeing
- Bird watching
- Farmers Market
- Shopping, shopping and more shopping
About the Districts
The Big Island is divided into nine districts. Since the trade winds normally blow from the northeast, the west side of the island experiences drier and warmer weather than the east side, which is cooler and wetter.For more information about any district simply click on the district name below.
Big Island Stats At-a-Glance
The Big Island
Big Island Overview
The Big Island of Hawaii is the youngest and largest island in the Hawaiian chain. Also know as the Orchid Isle, the Big Island is 4,028 square miles of land and is twice the combined size of all the other islands put together.The Big Island was formed by five volcanoes, two of which are still active. In fact, Kilauea Volcano is the world’s most continuously active volcano.Besides active volcanoes, the Big Island also boasts the southernmost point in the United States as well as the tallest mountains in the state at 13,796 ft.The Big Island also has the most diverse climates of all the Hawaiian Islands. From tropical rainforests to open prairie and snow covered mountains – just about every possible climate exists on this beautiful island.
Besides tourism, the Big Island’s major industry, other significant industries on the island include:
- The largest macadamia nut industry in the world
- The largest orchid growing business in the world
- The major coffee industry in the United States
- The major ginger producer in the United States
- The largest astronomy research facilities in the world
- Aquaculture with over 43 farms producing shellfish, finfish and algae, valued at $13.1 million
Kelly H. Moran, CCIM, CIPS, REALTOR®
“Offering, Experience, Knowledge and Service for over 20 Years”
Kelly created Hilo Brokers, Ltd. in 1992. He has lived in Hawaii for 30 years, and sold real estate here for over 20 years. Kelly is a graduate of the University of Hawaii at Hilo (UHH) with degrees in Tropical Agriculture and Political Science. Currently Kelly is teaching Real Estate Finance at UH-Hilo and his areas of expertise in real estate include: commercial real estate sales, agricultural properties, real estate investments & development, as well as residential and vacant land sales.
Kelly was one of the first REALTORS to incorporate the Internet as a real estate sales tool. He saw the potential of reaching people world wide, and is currently developing an international division within Hilo Brokers, Ltd. He is a dedicated tennis enthusiast and community volunteer, and he shares his time between the towns of Hilo and Kamuela, where his young sons attend school.