Top 10 Things to do on the Island of Hawaii
Horseback Riding Tours
Hawaii’s Transformation Tour
Polynesian Tiki Carving Lesson
Private Homes and Culinary Experience
Many vacation photos will give you a great idea of what it’s like to be a tourist on the Big Island. But what’s it like to live there? To immerse yourself in authentic island culture we recommend visiting local private homes. One of our favorite tours explores local homes and gardens ranging from ‘local-style’ Kamaaina cottages to spectacular estates. You’ll discover unique architectural and landscaping elements, like Ohia posts, Koa wood and Koi ponds. And, in addition, from the farm right to your fork, you’ll experience an authentic 3-course meal made from fresh locally grown ingredients.
Horseback Riding Tours
Of all the Hawaiian Islands, the Big Island has the richest history of cowboys and ranching. Yes, you read that right, cowboys. Paniolo is the Hawaiian word for those who were essentially Hawaiian cowboys. So whether you choose a private tour or a group tour, thanks to ranching history here there are miles and miles of rolling green pastures and equestrian trails to explore along with historic ranches. Horseback tours here allow for a wide array of adventures from a serene scenic trail ride to an oceanside coastal trail near Kealakekua Bay to a ride through the jungle to achieve stunning views of Waipio waterfalls.
Kona Coffee Farm Tour
Even as someone who is allergic to coffee, I would not miss touring a farm that produces the world-renowned gourmet Kona coffee. In Kona, there are hundreds of coffee farms of all sizes, and consequently, there are several tours. So, be sure to study your options carefully. Our favorite tour tempts the taste buds with both Kona coffee and small batch Hawaiian chocolate. Now there’s a souvenir combination your friends will love you for! This tour includes a fascinating lesson on processing coffee and cocoa. And, in addition to coffee and cocoa, the tasting on this tour includes chocolate fondue-dipped fresh local fruit and other locally produced savories and sweets.
Planning a trip to Hawaii? In addition to reviewing this list of the top 10 things to do on the Island of Hawaii, feel free to schedule a consultation. You can work with one of our experienced travel consultants for more recommendations on the types of unique or personalized experiences that bring lasting memories.