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Best Big Island Excursions

Updated: Aug 27, 2023

The Gypsea Traveller is a Hawaii Travel Agency. The Owner, Libbi is a Travel Agent that lives in Oahu. She has visited all of the Hawaiian Islands to bring you the best Big Island excursions.

This blog has a ton of recommendations for the best Big Island excursions.

Lava is spewing red lava out of a small hole in the black lava

I highly recommend booking your Big Island Hawaii excursions as soon as you book your vacation. The best Big Island excursions are booking up months in advance. I can help recommend the best ones and make sure you book them ahead of time.

Island Tours

Mauna Kea from Waikoloa - this tour leaves from Waikoloa and will take you up to Mauna Kea. Dinner, dessert, hot chocolate and more is included with this tour.

Twilight Volcano from Kohala/Waikoloa- want to see the Volcano but don't have a car? This excursion will pick you up from the resorts in the Kohala and Waikoloa areas.

Circle Island Tour from Kona - see the island with pickup in Kona

Circle Island Tour from Kohala/Waikoloa - this is a similar tour but for pickup at the Kohala and Waikoloa resorts.

Volcano Cruise Tour from Hilo - if you're visiting on a cruise, this excursion is great as you can see the Volcano without renting a car.

A girl is snorkeling under the ocean in the dark blue ocean.

Snorkel and Catamaran/Boat Tours

Whale Watching (Dec-April) from Waikoloa - if you're staying in Waikoloa or Kohala resorts this excursion leaves from Waikoloa.

Whale Watching from Kona - if you're staying in the resorts near Kailua-Kona, this boat leaves from Kona.

6:30pm Manta Ray Snorkel - snorkel with the Manta Rays off the comfort of a great catamaran.

9:00pm Manta Ray Snorkel - if you'd like the water to be nice and dark to see the Manta Rays vs the sunset snorkel, this snorkel great!

Morning Sail and Snorkel at Kealakekua Bay - snorkel Kealakekua Bay with breakfast and lunch included.

Afternoon Sail and Snorkel at Kealakekua Bay - if you're not a morning person, snorkel in the afternoon at Kealakekua Bay. The snorkeling here is phenomenal.


Two hour Helicopter Tour - this tours allows 3-4 guests and is a full island tour that leaves from Kona.

Waterfall Helicopter Tour from Kona - see the waterfalls during this 75 minute adventure.

Zipline - if you like ziplining, this excursion has 9 lines.

Canopy Adventure - zip, trek, and rappel during this excursion.

Marlin Fishing Charter - this charter can take up to 6 guests.

If you've been dreaming of a Hawaiian vacation, but don't know where to start to plan your vacation, book your zoom consultation with The Gypsea Traveller to learn more. Libbi can help you book a vacation package that includes your flight, the perfect resort for you, car rental or airport transfers and insurance. She can also custom design an itinerary for you based on excursion and restaurant recommendations.

Libbi lives in Hawaii and has visited all of the Hawaiian Islands. She loves helping clients book their dream vacation to the Hawaiian Islands. You can visit and click on "Schedule Consult" to choose a date/time to zoom with Libbi, The Gypsea Traveller.

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