If you’ve chosen the Big Island as your vacation destination, start getting excited! You are about to embark on a remarkable journey that can only be experienced on the Big Island. There are countless historical landmarks, pristine beaches, lush mountain ranges, and an active volcano!! You don’t have to be a geologist or petrologist to appreciate the complexities of black sand beaches or active/inactive volcanoes! The Big Island contains a number of “must-see” things to do, so planning ahead is critical to your vacation experience. A visit to Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park is something you may do on your own, however to make the best use of your time it’s recommended that you take a land tour with a knowledgeable guide. This is the best way to visit multiple sights in minimal time. Some tours combine a helicopter tour with a zipline adventure, for example. By far, the most popular activity is a helicopter ride which offers a stunning aerial view of the lava flowing from the active volcano - and concludes by flying over remote waterfalls.
You find yourself on the Big Island which is lush with dense jungles and sloping mountains - ZIPLINE! Start your adventure at the top of a mountain slope and enjoy the view along an 8-line side-by-side zip. Transportation from Hilo and Kona is provided. Following your adventure, lunch is waiting in a nearby pavilion with extraordinary mountain views that stretch all the way to the distant horizon. Other fun activities are ATV riding in beautiful Waipio, and a visit to Akaka Falls.
Snorkeling with Manta Rays by moonlight is much like swimming with dinosaurs! Situated on the west side of the Big Island, there are several great choices to experience this unique adventure. Other things to do while visiting Kona are morning snorkels, or an evening luau!
Here's a peek at a Manata snorkel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnuwO29zVkA
Kaua’i, affectionately referred to as The Garden Isle, is also the oldest island in the Hawaiian chain. Measuring only 562.3 square miles, Kaua’i tantalizes the senses with an extraordinary beauty that rivals some of the world’s natural wonders! If you consider sightseeing a relaxing way to spend your first day on the island, take a mini-road trip to Waimea Canyon – The Grand Canyon of the Pacific. With the remaining daylight hours, head over to Wailua Falls! The sights and scenery along the way offer a genuine “sense of place” and bring a welcome realization that you are officially on vacation in Hawai’i! Once the jetlag has subsided, Kaua’i has no shortage of hiking trails – moderate to intense! There are stunning views of rocky sea cliffs, white sandy beaches, and sea caves on nearly every hiking trail! Plan ahead and invest in a drone - you'll be glad you did...
Approximately 90% of The Garden Isle cannot be accessed by vehicle making helicopter tours among the most popular thing to do on Kaua’i. You will need a rental car for sightseeing and getting from place to place. However, to see the immense grandeur of the other 90% of the island, we recommend you treat yourself to a helicopter tour. Blue Hawaiian Helicopter operates their state-of-the-art ECO Star, which is 23% bigger than other models, and covers nearly the entire island in a 50-minute tour.
Your journey begins with a flight to spectacular Hanapepe Valley, then continues on to Manawaiopuna, commonly referred to as "Jurassic Park Falls." Next it's up the Olokele Canyon before moving on to eye-popping Waimea Canyon, the famed "Grand Canyon of the Pacific" where you'll explore many hidden waterfalls. Then, the sculptural masterpiece of the Na Pali Coast gives way to the Bali Hai Cliffs, and the pristine blue waters of Hanalei Bay and the Princeville Resort area. Weather permitting, you’ll visit Mt Waialeale, the heart of the ancient volcano. This is the wettest spot on earth, with an average rainfall of 450-500 inches annually! Flying into the center of the crater with its 5000-foot walls towering above and its 3000-foot waterfalls surrounding you, is a truly awe-inspiring finish to your ECO Adventure over the Garden Isle.