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There are a tremendous number of activities that you can get involved in on the Big Island.  This wonderful playground has nearly all of the climatic zones found in the world, from the snows of Mauna Kea to the desert in Ka'u.  This page will describe some of those activities.  Numerous free publications promote the National Parks and other places of interest on the Big Island.  We recommend that you pick one of these up when you are in downtown Hilo. 

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. 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
  • Parasailing
  • Shore fishing and deep sea fishing
  • Boat cruises
  • Stargazing and Astronomy shows
  • Cavern and Lava Tube tours and clubs
  • Luaus
  • Golfing (18 golf courses)
  • Tennis
  • Museums
  • Off-roading
  • Hunting
  • Rafting and flume rides
  • Petroglyph sites
  • Flower and Tropical gardens
  • Music
  • 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

Here are some of our favorite online resources for Big Island information, calendars, things to do & more:


Places of Interest

Kaumana Caves:
Just a few miles across town you will find Kaumana Caves which were formed by a volcanic eruption.

From downtown Hilo, turn left of Waianuenue Avenue. Just past Mile Marker #1 bear left onto Kaumana Drive (a.k.a. Saddle Road). Kaumana Cave is located on the right just past Mile Marker #4. The cave entrance is well-marked.


Volcano National Park:
This National Park is a 45 minute drive and every bit worth it.  For just $10.00 you can spend the whole day in the park and even come back for the entire week.  There are numerous aspects of Kilauea volcano to explore on a well designed tour.

(Kilauea Volcano)

(Lava Tube- Volcano National Park)

Prince Kuhio Shopping Plaza:
A state of the art shopping center located in Hilo featuring such stores as:
Sears, JC Penney, Hilo Hattie, Safeway, Longs and 60+ others.
Across the street you will find Wal-Mart, Office Max, Ross' Dress for Less and more.

Rainbow Falls and Akaka Falls:
Four miles away from this vacation rental you will find Rainbow Falls and Boiling Pots- two very popular tourist attractions.  Akaka Falls can be found several miles north of Hilo.

(Rainbow Falls)

(Akaka Falls)


Old Hilo Town:
Don't forget to set aside lots of time to explore Old Hilo Town.  Here you will find a wonderful mix of the old and the new.  You will also find some great places to eat.  Foods of all kinds are available.  Here is one of the local favorites!

(Ocean Sushi Deli- Hilo Town)

Panaewa Rainforest Zoo:
This could be the best value on the island.  You can explore acres of rainforest for FREE.  Animals that are unique can be found throughout the zoo areas.  Located just 4 miles out of Hilo this one is a must see.

(Tropical birds are just one of the many attractions at the zoo)

Swimming, snorkeling and surfing:
It really does not take that much effort to be able to do all of these activities.  While Hilo does not boast the kind of white sand beaches found in the Kona area (or the other islands) places for these kinds of activities are found up and down the eastern coast of the Big Island.  There are several swimable beaches in the Hilo area.






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