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Things to do in Big Island

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Big Island. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Big Island attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Big Island to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Big Island.

  • Ahu Pohaku Ho'omawluhia

    This remote retreat on the North Kohala Coast fuses Polynesian healing traditions with a green ethos. Book a lomilomi massage with a practitioner t... More
  • Hana Hou

    Located in downtown Hilo, Hana Hou offers vintage and modern Hawaiian and Oceania handcrafted art and accessories. Purses, place mats, and papale l... More
  • Kealakekua’s Grass Shack

    Lish Jens and her husband opened this funky store, named after the famous island song “My Little Grass Shack in Kealakekua, Hawaii,” nearly 40 year... More
  • Kona Honu Manta Ray Night Snorkel or Dive

    Kona’s Keauhou Bay is one of the best places on earth to swim up close to huge and harmless manta rays, elegant nocturnal beasts that feed on plank... More
  • Kona International Market

    This open-air swap meet has everything from T-shirts dyed with island red dirt to baskets woven from coconut palm fronds. Stop by Captain Danno's s... More
  • Kona Pub & Brewery

    This brewpub, located on the Big Island’s western coast, opened in 1998. Constructed largely from locally gleaned materials, it has a bar made from... More
  • Pacific Vibrations

    Resembling a small beach hut with a wood-shake roof, this Kona surf shop is packed full of board shorts, beach bags, sunglasses, and tropical-print... More
  • Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park

    The huge, centuries-old temples and 15-foot walls that lie in ruins at this ancient historical site, sacred to native Hawaiians, were built by the ... More

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