When most people think of Hawaii, they think of visiting Honolulu on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu. However, there are eight Hawaiian Islands, and the biggest one is simply called “Big Island of Hawaii.” This island has two major cities, Kona and Hilo. Before you start exploring the things to do in Kona and Hilo, you’ll need to rent a car from Kona or Hilo International Airport.
Things to Do in Kona: Take a Submarine Ride
When looking for things to do in Kona with kids, I discovered Kona Submarine. Here, you can go on a submarine ride and see the beautiful corals, shipwrecks and fish in Kona without getting wet. It’s the perfect activity for families that don’t feel comfortable snorkeling. The only consideration is you must be 36” to participate, which typically means those under 3 years old can’t participate.
Things to Do in Kona: Snorkel with Manta Rays
One of the most unique things to do in Kona is to snorkel with Manta Rays. This snorkel takes place at night, as Manta Rays come to feed in the evening and are drawn in by LED lights. If you are a certified scuba diver you can dive to the bottom of the ocean and see them feed above you. It is really quite special.
Things to Do in Kona: Visit a Green Sand beach
Hawaii is known for its black sand beaches and, while there are many in Kona, we were very excited to visit a green sand beach. The green sand beach in Kona is called Papalokea Beach.
We had so much fun enjoying the many things to do in Kona and Hilo. You can read the rest of my suggestions for Kona and Hilo on Alamo’s Scenic Route Blog. It also includes suggestions on where to stay and eat!