To say the Big Island is bursting with some of the best and most popular sights and attractions in Hawaii is certainly an understatement. Tour otherworldly volcanic landscapes; marvel at the beautiful waterfalls, lovely parks, and botanical gardens; or stop by the museums and cultural centers. You can even commune with the stars on the world's tallest mountain.
Here we'll show you the best landmarks and natural wonders the Big island has to offer. Start planning your Hawaiian vacation right here- with Hawaii Guide. Mahalo!
Big Island Volcano Attractions
Things to See Near and Within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, watch the landscape change before your eyes, and walk on ground younger than you are! Here you'll find Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes and the force behind so many unbelievable sights. However, don't think everything is barren here- stop by the Kilauea Visitor Center and the Jaggar Museum to learn all about the fascinating forces at work.
Things to See in East Hawaii
Attractions & Sights Within Hilo Town & Puna
Hilo and Puna offer something for everyone- whether you're into beautiful waterfalls, parks and gardens, or even caves, you'll find something to love. Or stop by the Tsunami Musuem or the Lyman Museum to learn about the natural and cultural history that has shaped the Big Island. How about a snack and some education? The Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Visitor Center is waiting for you- yum!
Things to See along the North Coast
Attractions & Sights on the North Hamakua Coast
This area is a lush tropical paradise and the botanical gardens here are nothing short of heavenly. Of course, lots of rain is needed to keep those trees and flowers nice and vibrant, and that means waterfalls should be on your must-see list. The coastline is wonderfully picturesque, the valleys are a lovely green, and the sights are one of a kind.
Things to See near Kailua-Kona
Attractions & Sights around Kona Town
If you can only see one area on the Big Island (but we hope that's not the case), make it the warm and sunny Kona (West) Coast. Here you'll find plenty of historical sites, picture-perfect bays, and museums that showcase the importance of this region. Explore everything from Native Hawaiian fish ponds and burial sites to scenic overlooks and more. The best Big Island sights, maybe? See for yourself.
Things to See in Kohala
Attractions & Sights around Kohala District
The Kohala region offers glimpses into ancient places of worship, burial sites, remains of ancient homes, and even a statue in honor of Kamehameha the Great. The region is simply beautiful and is rich not only in natural sights, but also in its lovingly-maintained cultural and historical locations.
Things to See in South Hawaii
Attractions & Sights Along the Southern Coast
Did we mention this is the southern coast? So southern, in fact, that a stop at Ka Lae (South Point) means a stop at the southernmost point in the United States. Stop at the "Broken Road," admire the ancient cultural vestiges, and ponder the lives of ancient Hawaiians as you look out over the ocean and imagine Antarctica a mere 7,338 miles away.
Things to See in Central Hawaii
Attractions & Sights Along Saddle Road
Driving along Saddle Road is an adventure in and of itself, as it spans over 50 miles across the east-to-west "saddle" formed between Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea. Stop by the Visitor Center, gaze at the stars, and enjoy your time on the world's highest mountain.