Beyond the CitySee all 101 Things To Do on the Big Island!

Ride an ATV from Mountain to Sea

North Kohala is a sparsely populated, wildly beautiful region, making it an ideal place for OFF-ROAD EXPLORATION. Behind the wheel of an all-terrain vehicle and with a guide who knows the area’s terrain, history and culture, be prepared for a ride into parts unknown. ATV OUTFITTERS Hawai‘i is owned by long-time NORTH KOHALA residents who’ll… Continue »

Get Ditched

If you think going on a “DITCH TOUR“ means you’ll be splashing around in a few feet of muddy irrigation water, think again— FLUMIN’ KOHALA is a multi-part adrenaline rush that involves kayaking and a number of stunning views. With Flumin’ Kohala, you’ll experience an exclusive adventure deep in the mountains of Kohala. This fascinating,… Continue »

Take a Farm Tour

Don’t be misled by Hawai‘i Island’s barren lava fields. The majority of the state’s agricultural products are grown and processed here. HAWAI‘I FOREST & TRAIL conducts a unique tour of local farms that are using sustainable agriculture methods. First, the tour heads to KAHUA RANCH in the Kohala Mountains, where cattle and sheep are ranched… Continue »

Bike Volcano Country

There’s no better way to witness the fury of Kilauea and get close enough to really feel the heat than on a GUIDED BICYCLE TOUR through Volcano Country. For the complete bike-tour experience of the HAWAI‘I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, there’s BIKEVOLCANO. COM’S all-day trip (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) that takes cyclists on a mostly… Continue »

Travel a Scenic Byway

Hawai‘i has six official “SCENIC BYWAYS” (designated as part of the NATIONAL SCENIC BYWAYS PROGRAM), and Hawai‘i Island is home to three of them: Mamalahoa Kona Heritage Corridor, Royal Footsteps along the Kona Coast and Ka‘u Scenic Byway-the Slopes of Mauna Loa. The MAMALAHOA KONA HERITAGE CORRIDOR takes you through an area of historic importance,… Continue »

Bikers: Saddle Up, Ride ‘Em Out

Just because you’re on the seat of a Harley doesn’t mean you’re ready to go everywhere. Even the most-seasoned BIKERS need to plan their Hawai‘i Island trips carefully. Think of the island as circular in shape with a few zig-zagging connector roads. There are TWO KEY HIGHWAYS (11 and 19), while SADDLE ROAD (Highway 200)… Continue »

See Ka‘u: South by South

The sparsely populated KA‘U DISTRICT at the southern tip of the island is known for its rich environmental diversity. A large chunk of HAWAI‘I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK is located in this district, as are WIND FARMS, HIGHLAND FORESTS, the parched KA‘U DESERT and enticing BLACK-, WHITEAND GREEN-SAND BEACHES. But the area is largely distinguished by… Continue »

Traverse a Zoo in a Rainforest

Known as the only TROPICAL RAINFOREST ZOO in the United States, this Hilo’s PANA‘EWA RAINFOREST ZOO & GARDENS is a 12-acre habitat and botanical garden called home by numerous animals, reptiles, monarch butterflies and birds, some of which are native only to Hawai‘i. See GIANT ANTEATERS from South America and BINTURONGS (Asian bear cats) from… Continue »

Hope for a Rainbow at Rainbow Falls

There’s a pot of gold at the end of one of Hilo’s major thoroughfares. It’s called RAINBOW FALLS, named for the rainbows that appear when the morning sun shines through the mist. Take WAI‘ANUENUE DRIVE through Hilo and bear right on RAINBOW DRIVE. A parking lot will be on your right. Make the short walk… Continue »

Photograph the Boiling Pots of Wailuku River

The WAILUKU RIVER is an 18-mile path of BUBBLING, CASCADING WATER that is particularly fearsome during heavy rains. Wailuku means “waters of destruction,” an apt moniker for this dangerous river where CONCEALED LAVA TUBES are known to create hazardous swimming conditions. During the rainy season, the river churns through a succession of SEVEN OR EIGHT… Continue »