Big Island Hawaii Guide 2019

Photo Credit: Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson

We wanted to do some research, since all the volcano action on the Big Island. We wanted to see what was still available to do and what at been covered by lava since our last trip there for our honeymoon in Hawaii 20 years ago.

Big Island Hawaii Golf Courses

Photo Credit: Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / John Hook

Hualalai Resort

Waikoloa Village

Mauna Kea Beach

Kona Country Club

Makani Golf Cub

Mauna Lani Golf

Big Island Hawaii Black Sand Beach

Photo Credit: Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Heather Goodman

Punalu’u black sand beach

KAIMU BEACH PARK (check water conditions. May not be good for swimming, but great for pix)

Isaac Hale Beach Park & Pohoiki Black Sand Beach

Richardson Beach Park


POLOLU VALLEY BLACK SAND BEACH  (not recommended for snorkeling or swimming)

Big Island Hawaii Beaches Rules and Tips

Remember to always check the weather and water conditions prior to entering any ocean water.

Call ahead: so you know where the restrooms are and other amenities.

Wear shoes, the sand can be rough with shells, and the sand gets hot! I learned that the hard way.

No smoking or drinking on the beaches or state parks, it is illegal in Hawaii

Big Island Hawaii Boat Tours

Now I will preface by saying I was not feeling great while we were their on our honeymoon and I did not want to get on a boat. This list is something I put together after doing some research.

Waterfall, Lava, Whale, Manta Ray, Fishing and Dolphin Tours

These are the Big Island Hawaii Best Hikes

Photo Credit: Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Heather Goodman

Akaka Falls State Park

Papakolea Beach

Hawaii Volcano National Park

Mauna Kea

Punalu’u Black Sand Beach Park

Kaloko-Honokohau National Park

Big Island Hawaii Resorts

Photo Credit: Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Heather Goodman

Royal Kona

Mauna Kea

Fairmont Orchid

Mauna Lani



Castle Hilo Hawaiin Hotel


Big Island Hawaii Excursions

Photo Credit: Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Blake Bronstad

Help remove ginger from the volcanos, plant native species, revive an ancient pond

Luxury Snorkeling

Island hopping


Take a submarine tour

Sail and snorkel

Coffee Farm – Free

Helicopter Tours -Rainforest, Beach, Black Sand Beach, Green Sand Beach, Waterfall, Volcano, Coffee


Chocolate Farm tour

Reminder: Big Island Hawaii lava is everywhere. So be sure to wear appropriate shoes on hikes.

Big Island Hawaii Horseback Riding

Big Island Hawaii Must Do

Photo Credit: Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Ben Ono

Chocolate tour

Macadamia Nuts – Factory

Tropical Preserve and Sanctuary



So if you are looking for your next vacation, think  Big Island Hawaii family vacation as your next destination.



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