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Best Family-Friendly Activities on the Big Island
The Big Island is a place for adventure; off-road jeep rides, wild ziplines and hikes through lava fields. It can be a challenge to find fun activities that are safe for the whole family. That’s why we put together this list of amazing activities for all ages, taking the stress out of designing the perfect family vacation. With just the right length and just the right amount of excitement, these activities will leave everyone with a smile.

    Availability varies by date for all activities.

  1. Book your Kona Submarine tour today! Submerge 100 feet under the water's surface to explore a 25-acre, natural coral reef! Marvel at the beauty of the ocean and other marine creatures from the comfort of a 48-passenger, air-conditioned submarine.

    From USD159.41

    2 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  2. See the beauty of Hawaii's underwater world without getting wet while in the comfort of a glass bottom boat. On-board the Big Island's best glass bottom boat experience, you will see sea turtles, fish, and unique reef through six full-sized windows.


    Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat
    1 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  3. Embark on a fun Kona snorkeling tour and dolphin watching adventure! Hawaii's most popular boat trip! Swim at the protected Red Hill marine sanctuary, teeming with sea life. Includes island style breakfast, lunch, water toys, and a 20’ waterslide.
    Meal Provided


    5 hour(s) (morning)
  4. Head out on a thrilling off-road adventure from mountain to sea, and explore Hawaii’s rich cultural landscape of a working cattle ranch and farm as you enjoy exclusive views of the Hamakua coastline while driving a side-by-side tandem or solo ATV.


    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
    3 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  5. Experience a taste of Hawaii on a 3-hour Kealakekua Bay dinner cruise departing from Kailua-Kona. Journey down to Captain Cook’s monument and watch a stunning sunset while enjoying tropical cocktails, Hawaiian-style dinner, and live music.
    Meal Provided


    Sun, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
    3.5 hour(s) (afternoon)
  6. Witness the best of Kona on this bucket list experience that includes a manta ray snorkel tour and sunset cruise. Swim with giant mantas rays. Guaranteed to create memories that will last a lifetime! Advanced bookings are recommended.

    From USD123.87

    3 hour(s) (evening)
  7. Sail with Hawaii Nautical and see diverse marine life in the warm tropical waters of the Big Island. The Spirit of Aloha catamaran offers a wonderful 3-hour snorkel cruise with lunch and drinks, great for families with kids.
    Meal Provided

    From USD172.85

    3.5 hour(s) (morning)
  8. Experience the only Mauna Kea stargazing tour on the Big Island that includes daytime solar viewing. Departing from both Kona and Hilo, enjoy a delicious dinner before looking up into Hawaii skies with high-powered telescopes to see the sun & stars.
    Pick-up Provided

    From USD240.73

    Sun, Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri
    4 - 7.5 hour(s) (afternoon, evening)
  9. Explore Big Island on a zipline adventure over the famous Umauma Falls! Ride 9 ziplines over a tropical paradise of rainforests, waterfalls, and river gorges. Upgrade your experience to include swimming & kayaking in a private waterfall!

    From USD229.32

    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
    2.5 - 4.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  10. Discover the beauty of Kohala! Hike through a private nature reserve, swim at a tropical waterfall & enjoy a picnic overlooking Pololu Valley. The perfect option for anyone wanting to head off the beaten path of Hawaii!
    Pick-up Provided
    Meal Provided

    From USD239.79

    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
    7 - 9.5 hour(s) (morning)
  11. Experience the best Kona luau with an evening filled with food, drinks, and entertainment. The Royal Kona Luau will take you on a journey through Polynesia with a dinner buffet, open bar, authentic Hawaiian performances, and Samoan fire knife dance!
    Meal Provided


    Family Discount
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri
    3.5 hour(s) (evening)
  12. Get set for a thrilling off road adventure at Umauma Falls! Tear through 5.5 miles of off-road trail, take in incredible views and swim at the private waterfall. Solo and multi-passenger vehicles available, making this a great family activity.

    From USD221.99

    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
    2.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  13. Dive into a Hawaiian lagoon and have a dolphin swim with an interactive Hawaii dolphin experience with friendly dolphins! Have an experience of a lifetime in a safe setting with dolphin experts, and get ready for a dolphin tour perfect for all ages!

    From USD219.90

    1 - 2 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  14. Ride the waves in Kona and discover the art of surfing with Hawaii Lifeguard Surf Instructors, the Big Island's best surf school! Learn from expert Hawaii lifeguards in private lessons for both kids & adults, and you will soon be surfing like a pro!

    From USD145.55

    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
    2.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)

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