How to Spend a Weekend on Hawai'i (aka The Big Island)

Updated: Apr 10, 2021

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If you're going to The Big Island, you need to take the day and explore Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. The crater has changed since the last eruption of the Volcano so it might look different than the picture you see. Don't miss out on exploring the lava tubes and the hieroglyph field.

Explore Volcano National Park

Volcano Tour

Volcano Unveiled

Zip lining and Volcano Tour

Volcano National Park and Rainbow Falls

Evening Volcano Explorer from Hilo

On the Hilo side of the Big Island, we explored Rainbow Falls and the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory. The Factory lets you sample every flavor they have and you can see how the Mac Nuts are sorted, covered in chocolate or another coating and packaged.

(Mac nut flavors)

(Rainbow Falls)

If you have an extra day and can make it to the Kona side of the Big Island, I recommend driving up to Mauna Kea. The sunsets can be amazing as well as the views. Be careful about altitude sickness and visit the visitors center which is halfway up and allows your body to adjust to the altitude.

Some excursions to see Mauna Kea are below:

Mauna Kea ATV, Waterfall Swim and BBQ

Mauna Kea Stargazing

Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Adventure

Mauna Kea Sunrise

Mauna Kea Sunrise from Hilo

Mauna Kea Explorer from Hilo

If you enjoy snorkeling or diving, check out the night snorkel with the Manta Rays in Kona!

Manta Ray Night Snorkel

Sunset Cruise and Manta Ray Swim

Manta Ray Night Swim

If you're only on the island for a day or two, check out these Island Tour ExcursionsL

Grand Circle Island Tour

Helicopter Tour

Island Tour from Kona

Helicopter + Volcano + Ziplining from Hilo

If you have time in the evening, check out these dinner cruises:

Sunset Dinner Cruise from Kona

If you enjoy boat tours or snorkeling, check out these excursions below:

Lunch Cruise

Snorkel and Dolphin Cruise

Morning Snorkel

Wild Dolphin Swim and Snorkel

Kealakekua Snorkel

Check out my list of Recommendations for Excursions on

The Big Island here.

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