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 (with a guide who knows the area’s terrain, history and culture), be prepared for a ride into parts unknown. An ATV ride is more than just a rough-and-tumble ride through a… 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, such as HAMAKUA MUSHROOMS, which offers a FARM TOUR & TASTING and FACTORY TOUR of Hawai‘i’s famed, buttery mushroom facilities. HAWAII FOREST & TRAIL conducts a unique tour of local farms that are using… 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 HAWAI‘I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, there’s a BIKEVOLCANO.COM day trip that takes cyclists on a mostly downhill, paved, 15-mile course through the… 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 »

Go 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, Hilo’s PANA‘EWA RAINFOREST ZOO & GARDENS is a 12-acre habitat and botanical garden, where numerous animals, reptiles, monarch butterflies and birds, some of which are native only to Hawai‘i, call home. See GIANT ANTEATERS from South America and BINTURONGS (Asian bear cats) from Southeast… 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 »

Navigate Saddle Road

SADDLE ROAD (Route 200) cuts across the high valley, or saddle, between the island’s two massive volcanic mountains, MAUNA KEA AND MAUNA LOA. It is the shortest route from Kailua-Kona to Hilo, accessible from Route 190 near Waimea. Once considered a treacherous route, a series of road improvements have made most of the trip safer… Continue »

Explore a Working Cattle Ranch

PARKER RANCH rolls over 150,000 acres of scenic upcountry terrain. It is the home of the first Hawaiian PANIOLO (cowboys), a RACETRACK, where record-setting thoroughbreds were trained, and a still-functioning CATTLE RANCH. Its colorful history can be traced to 1809, when sailor John Palmer Parker landed in Hawai‘i, befriended King Kamehameha I, and eventually married… Continue »