The Big Island of Hawaii is the perfect place for a vacation that the entire family will remember and treasure forever. Away from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki and downtown Honolulu and far different from the crowds of tourists that flock to Maui, Hawaii's Big Island has something to offer everyone in the family.  
   

ATV
Designed specifically for rugged, off-road travel, this "machine for scenes" is user-friendly, fully automatic and easy to operate. ATVs are designed to have minimal impact on the environment, with muflers that control the noise level. No previous riding or driving experience is required, however there are age and weight restrictions.

ATV Outfitters Kohala - (808) 889 6000 - operates out of lush, green North Kohala. The tour takes you along majestic ocean cliffs, down wave-swept beaches, up through private ranch lands and historic sights.
Kukui ATV and Adventures - (808) 775 1701 - features an ATV tour to the top of beautiful Waipi'o valley. There you can take in the vast panorama of the Pacific Ocean complete with a rugged coastlineand cascading waterfalls.


ATV Tour
   
Biking
Hawaiian Cycling Tours - (808) 327 0087 - Cycle through lush rainforests, along lava covered landscapes, over dramatic mountain passes or inside an active volcano park. Whether you are a novice rider or an experienced cyclist, they have a tour that is right for you.
 
   
Ballooning
Using Parker Ranch land off Saddle Road,
Paradise Balloons - (808) 887 6455 does 45-60 minute rides. Bring something warm or huddle with the cattle.
 
   
Boogie Boarding
Boogie Boarding is where you ride a wave on what is essentially a sawed-off surfboard.
 
   
Coffee
Once you've hooked on coffee grown in Hawai'i, it's hard to live without it. Coffee is a good choice when you're looking for something to take home from the island.
The historical Kona Pacific Coffee Mill. The old mill is open to the public daily for tours and coffee tasting. Next door of Ono Mango.
 
   
Historic Churches
Some of the churches built by the Big Island's early missionaries stand today and are used regularly.
St Benedict's Painted Church - (808) 328 2227- Very close of Ono Mango Farm
St Augustine's Church - (808) 889 5390

St Benedict's Painted Church
   
Golf
The Big Island is rapidly becoming known as the island to visit if you want to golf till you drop.
 
   
Get close to Dolphins
Hawai'i is home to eight different species of dolphin.
Kealekekua Bay
Dolphin Discoveries
- (808) 322 8000
 
   
Discover an Ancient Place of Refuge
One of the most accessible cultural sites in Hawai'i is Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park. Translated, "the place of the refuge at Honaunau". The site is considered the most complete restoration of an ancient Hawaiian religious sanctuary.
The visitor Center
- (808) 328 2288
 
   
Hiking
The Big Island is one of the most diverse hiking destinations imaginable. The island is networked with trails from the seashore to the mountaintops, and plenty of places between.
Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park - (808) 985 6000
The Hawai'i Division of Forestry and Wildlife - (808) 974 4221
 
   
Horseback riding
If you want to let someone else do the walking, consider horseback riding. The island has quite a tradition when it comes to horses. There are a lots of companies offering wildly different kinds of rides.
Waipi'o Na'alapa Trail Rides - (808) 775 0419
Waipi'o Ridge Stable - (808) 775 1007
Paniolo Riding Adventures - (808) 889 5354
Dahana Ranch - (808) 885 0057
 
   
Kayak
The Big Island offers an enticing variety of kayaking opportunities, from the placid to the adventurous. Our favorite is across Kealakekua Bay to the Captain Cook Monument, 5 mn away from Ono Mango.
Kona Boy Kayaks - (808) 328 1234
Kealekekua Bay Kayak - (808) 323 3329
 
   
Motorcycle tour
It's possible to rent a motorcycle and roar off into the scenery on any of the Hawaiian Islands, but no island offers a ride with near the road tour potential of the Big Island. 300 miles of paved roads making it possible to get on the back of a motorcycle and stretch out as far as you want to go.
DJ's Rental - (808) 329 1700
 
   
Rafting
Looking to put a little more adventure in your snorkel trip? A rafting expedition may be the way to go.
Captain Zodiac Raft Expeditions - (808) 329 3199
Sea Quest Rafting - (808) 329 7238
 
   
See a live volcano
The Big Island is home to one of the most active volcanoes ont the planet. Kilauea, in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, has erupted continuously since 1983. Lava viewing conditions change daily and visitors should check with the park visitor center for daily updates. Lava flows are best observed after sunset. Be sure you're properly equipped with such items as water, flashlight, first aid kit, sun screen, boots, long pants, raingear, hat, binoculars.
Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park - (808) 985 6000

Walk on the lava flows
   
Snorkel
It doesn't take Olympic training to put on a snorkel mask and fins and float around in the ocean. You can book a snorkel tour with one of the many companies.
Body Glove - (808) 326 7122 or 1 800 551 8911
Fair Wind Cruises - (808) 322 2788
   
SPA
If you feel the need to lose yourself in the fog of a decadent overall body massage and treatment, you're luck.
Mauna Lani Spa - (808) 881 7922
Fairmont Orchid - (808) 885 2000
Kohala Spa - (808) 885 1234
 
   
Submarine
If you want to see the undersea world and refuse to get wet, that's for you!
Atlantis Submarine - (808) 329 6626
 
   
Surfing
The most garnly surfing on the west side is at Pine Trees just north of Kailua-Kona. If wave riding is one of your dreams, you might want consider taking private lessons.
Ocean Eco Tours - (808) 324 7873 specializes in surfing lessons and board rentals.
   
See Green Sea Turtles
Kahalu'u Beach Park is a good place to spend some time with turtles. Turtles have come all the way into the "lava wading pool" area of the shoreline, delighting children and adults alike. Please don't touch!
 
   
Whale Watching
Humpback whales are common in Hawai'i between December and March or April. From shore you may see humpback whales blow and breach. But out on a boat, you can sometimes get up close and personal.
Captain Dan McSweeney's whale watch - (808) 322 0028
Living Ocean Adventures - (808) 325 5556
 
   
Wind Surfing
Ocean Sports - (808) 886 6666
 
   
   
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