Island of Hawaii Viewing points

Our most recommended Island of Hawaii, Hawaii (State) Viewing points

Big Island Twilight Volcano and Stargazing Tour

1. Big Island Twilight Volcano and Stargazing Tour

Enjoy a guided adventure starting with a stop at a Kona Coffee Farm. Walk through a lava tube and orchards with your guide to learn about the harvesting and milling process while sampling a warm cup of Kona-grown coffee. Continue through the scenic view of the Kealakekua Bay and South Point, the southernmost point of the United States. Relax at Punalu’u Black Sand Beach to spot marine life, like Hawaii’s green sea turtles, from the shore. Next, head to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Drive on the Chain of Craters Road. Learn about volcanic eruptions and current and past lava flow sites. Visit the Kilauea Iki Lookout, Lava Tube, steam vents, Halema’uma’u Crater, and the crater rim trail. After enjoying dinner at a nearby cafe, return to the park to view the lava glow at night and stargaze. Depending on weather conditions, observe stars, planets, galaxies, and more.

Big Island: Full Day Adventure through Kohala Waterfalls

2. Big Island: Full Day Adventure through Kohala Waterfalls

Immerse yourself in Kohala’s stunning beauty and rich history.  Begin your journey by traveling along the Kohala coastline enjoying the ocean views. After arriving in the historic and quaint town Hawi enjoy a fun off-road adventure that will take you onto a private nature reserve that once served as a sugarcane plantation.  Once at the trailhead enjoy your relaxed trail walk, experience dramatic views of Pololu Valley, charming foot bridges, historic taro terraces and intimate waterfalls. Take a refreshing dip after your hike under one of the private waterfalls and bask in the cool, cascading mountain water.  Then ramble down to an exclusive cliffside overlook of the Pololu Valley and valleys beyond to enjoy a picnic style lunch. With an opportunity to swim at a waterfall and stroll the quaint plantation village of Hawi, this is the perfect tour for all ages.

Volcanoes National Park & Lava Viewing Area E-Bike Tour

3. Volcanoes National Park & Lava Viewing Area E-Bike Tour

Experience the thrill of a lifetime as you ride an e-bike around the rim of an erupting volcano on this guided tour from Volcano Village. Explore the unique landscape of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and see the Kīlauea Iki Crater with entry tickets included. Begin your day in Volcano Village. Make use of the secured parking space and restrooms before getting fitted with an e-bike, helmet, bike bag, and rain jacket. Receive safety instructions before embarking on your adventure. Follow your guide around the national park on a bike trail through the lush native Hawaiian rainforest. Stop at Waldron Ledge and get your first panoramic view of the Kilauea Volcano's caldera and the active lava in Halemaumau Crater. Next, continue on a paved trail along the rim of the caldera to the Steam Vents. Feel the heat of the volcano and get another incredible view of the volcano's caldera. Bike along the edge of the crater, getting vast views unseen by most visitors. Heading to the opposite side of the caldera, bike through more of the rainforest before taking a short hike through the Thurston Lava Tube. The journey continues down Devastation Trail to the closest viewing point to see the active lava in the summit crater. Finish the journey back in Volcano Village where everyone can wish each other an Ahui Hou (until we meet again).

Hawaii: Big Island Self-Guided Driving Tour

4. Hawaii: Big Island Self-Guided Driving Tour

Experience Hawaii's Big Island at your own pace with a self-guided driving tour. Stops include Hulihe's Palace, Magic Beach, and the Lekeleke Burial Grounds. Your tour of the Big Island begins outside the quaint town of Kailua-Kona. Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one. As you drive, you’ll see the historic Hulihe’e Palace, once the vacation home of the island’s royalty. Continue south to Magic Beach, where the sand sometimes simply disappears. After that is Kahalu'u Beach, a perfect place for snorkelers, followed by the sacred Lekeleke Burial Grounds. Next, pass the remnants of Hikiau Heiau, an important religious site in ancient Hawaii. Past that is the Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park for those looking to learn more about the island’s history. See the Honaunau Rodeo Arena and learn all about Hawaii’s cowboys. Next up is Pebble Beach, where you’ll get to know the Hawaiian volcano goddess Pele. You’ll also have the option to check out the Kula Kai Caverns, left by ancient volcanic activity. Continuing on, reach the startling Punalu'u Beach, which features totally black sand. The route then passes an old sugar plantation, followed by the huge volcanoes Kilauea and Mauna Loa. Pass by Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where you can explore the island’s volcanoes up close. After that, drive through the picturesque town of Hilo. Then, cruise through the almost impossibly scenic Liliuokalani Park and Gardens. Find surfers catching waves next at Honoli'i Beach. After that is Onomea Bay, featuring a spectacular hiking trail with views that can’t be beaten. Then, admire the astonishing flora at the Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve & Garden. Continuing on, you’ll arrive at the surprising sight of the Honohina Hongwanji Mission, a historic Buddhist temple. Next pass the Laupahoehoe Train Museum before reaching Laupahoehoe Point, a spectacular ocean vista. Don’t forget to snap some photos. Anyone hankering for a snack will definitely want to stop at the Hamakua Harvest Farmers Market before continuing on to the cowboy town of Waimea. Up next are a pair of great beaches: Hapuna Beach is the largest white sand beach on the island and Beach 69 is beloved by locals, so take your pick. Then you’ll arrive at the Kings Highway Foot Trail, where you’ll have the chance to see the ancient Waikoloa Petroglyphs. After that are another few scenic overlooks, followed by the beautiful Kekaha Kai State Park. Your tour concludes here, just north of where it began.

From Waikoloa: Big Island Tour with Lunch

5. From Waikoloa: Big Island Tour with Lunch

Circle the Big Island of Hawaii, stopping at many of its iconic attractions in just 1 day. Get picked up from your accommodation. Head to a Kona coffee farm for a private tasting tour to sample one of the island's most important products. Then stop at one of the black sand beaches the island is known for and spot giant sea turtles sunbathing. From there, head to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the island's natural crown jewel. Visit the Kilauea Iki Crater Overlook and Steaming Bluffs before taking a walk through the famous Volcano House to view smoking and steaming Kilauea Caldera. Journey down the lush eastern side of Kilauea Volcano to your next stop at Big Island Candies, an island institution boasting an assortment of high-quality, handmade confections. Peek through the windows into the factory or browse the selection of gorgeous jewel-box gifts. Next, head to the fertile Waipio Valley where taro farmers have tilled the land for nearly a thousand years. Catch sweeping views of the valley from the overlook and even glimpses of native wild horses if you're lucky. At the end of an epic day, enjoy drop-off at your hotel.

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What people are saying about Island of Hawaii

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 50 reviews

Aaron was knowledgeable, experienced, friendly, chatty, answered all questions, added so much fun and interesting stops on the tour. It was amazing and we absolutely loved the day. So grateful for Aaron doing all the driving.

We all really enjoyed our tour. We saw so much and our guide, Aaron, was so informative. Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park was amazing and our favorite part of the tour.

This was well worth it. As a solo traveler, I enjoy going at my own pace. I learned alot from the recordings. The gps is also on point.

Long but worth it. Food and rest stops were great. Guide very knowledgeable. Safe driver, great vans

Absolutely amazing. Our tour guide Jaclyn was fantastic. The stars at night were something else.