Island of Hawaii (Big Island) Tours and Activities

We don’t say this lightly, a trip to the Big Island requires a tour or activity. There are so many hard-to-reach places, history, and fascinating things to do on the island that the best and sometimes only way is to do a tour. Pick one or two (or three) for your Hawai’i vacation.

Each activity listed here is from a company we know, respect, and love. We’ve hand-picked these based on our experiences, reviews from others, and the quality of the tour. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

🍍 Snorkeling Tours

🍍 Waipio Valley Tours

🍍 Pearl Harbor Island Hop

Snorkeling Tours

Adventures in Paradise Hawaii Kayak tour

Kayak and Snorkel Kealakekua Bay with Adventures in Paradise

Experience Kealakekua Bay and snorkel at the Captain Cook Monument with your guides from Adventures in Paradise. Take either a morning or afternoon departure and kayak across the bay while your guide shares the history of the area and points out local landmarks. If you’re lucky, you might even see a pod of spinner dolphins as you cross the bay.

Kayak and Snorkel Kealakekua Bay

Departs from: Napo’op’o Pier, Kealakekua Bay (South Kona)

Tour operator: Adventures in Paradise

Adventures in Paradise Hawaii Kayak tour

Manta Ray Night Snorkel with Sea Paradise

Once the sun is completely set, slip into the water and observe the manta rays as they feast on plankton. They turn, swirl, and do barrel rolls, often bringing themselves just inches from your face. Join Sea Paradise on their 45 foot vessel for a night with mantas you won’t soon forget.

Manta Ray Night Snorkel

Departs from: Keauhou Bay in South Kona

Tour operator: Sea Paradise

manta night snorkel kona ocean adventures

Manta Ray Night Snorkel or Dive with Kona Ocean Adventures

Have the option to snorkel or dive with manta rays at night with Kona Ocean Adventures. Leaving from Honokohau Marina, they’re centrally located to go either to Manta Heaven or Manta Village and can choose their location depending on where they think the best activity will be.

Manta Ray Night Snorkel or Dive with Kona Ocean Adventures

Departs from: Honokohau Marina, Kona

Tour operator: Kona Ocean Adventures

Manta Ray Snorkel Hawaii

Manta Ray Night Dive with Kona Honu Divers

Combine daytime diving, watching the sunset, and a manta ray night dive with Kona Honu Divers. Enjoy a 60-minute night dive at popular manta ray viewing spot Garden Eel Cove before heading back for the evening. 

Manta Ray Night Dive with Kona Honu Divers

Departs from: Honokohau Marina, Kona

Tour operator: Kona Honu Divers

Zipline, Kayak, and Other Land Adventures

Waipio Valley Tour

Zip & Dip with The Umauma Experience

Zip through nine lines, over waterfalls and rivers through the lush, scenic landscape. End your experience with kayaking, SUP, or swimming in the Umauma river. 

Zip & Dip with The Umauma Experience

Tour location: Hakalau

Tour operator: The Umauma Experience

Waipio Valley Tour

Waipio Valley and Waterfall Tours with Wasabi Tours

Waipi’o Valley is a sacred valley located on the stunning Hamakua Coast. This location on the east side of the island is known as the “Valley of the Kings”, a place of historic significance and also stunning beauty. Experience the valley with a fully guided tour that includes pick up from your Kona or Kohala area hotel. Wasabi tours makes this an easy to experience location with their 4WD vehicle and excellent tour guides.

Waipio Valley and Waterfall Tours with Wasabi Tours

Tour location: Keahou, Kona, Waikoloa, and Kohala pickup

Tour operator: Wasabi Tours

Guided Tours

Pearl Harbor Memorial Guided Tours

Pearl Harbor Tour from Maui, Kauai, or the Island of Hawaii

Want a done-for-you-trip to Pearl Harbor from one of the neighbor islands? Planned and operated by Hawaii Tours, this trip takes you from a neighbor island (Maui, Kauai, Big Island) to Oahu, where you experience a fully guided tour.

Inter-Island Pearl Harbor Tour

Location: Neighbor island to Pearl Harbor and Honolulu

Tour operator: Hawaii Tours