Ocean Activities on The Big Island



Although you will probably have a better time letting someone else do the work, you can still do lots of ocean-related activities on your own. Here are some suggestions:


Here are two things you may want to acquire that will make your snorkeling experience memorable:

  1. Waterproof Digital Camera

  2. Reef Fish Guide (waterproof)

Click below for maps of the best snorkeling sites on The Big Island.

  1. Kona/Kohala Snorkeling Sites

  2. Windward Snorkeling Sites


  1. Click below for a map of the best shore diving sites on The Big Island.

  1. Shore Diving Locations

Boogie Boarding

Hands down, the best boogie boarding on the island is at Hapuna Beach.

Surfing Spots

Locals are protective of their surfing sites. If you are determined to surf, bring band aids and lots of aloha. Click below to order a map of the surfing spots on The Big Island.

  1. Big Island Surfing Guide

Kite Sailing

This is an exciting sport to watch. Wait until the wind picks up in the afternoon. The best viewing location is to the left as you enter the beach at A-Bay.

Board Sailing

The best board sailing (wind surfing) is at A-Bay. You can rent a board at the beach rental center or just sit and watch  local experts rip up the water after the wind kicks up in the afternoon.

Whale Watching

Bring compact binoculars if you plan to be on the Kohala Coast between November and April. Humpback whales frequent the Kohala coast during their yearly migration from Alaska and they are easy to spot on the horizon (video).

Whether it’s snorkeling, scuba diving, parasailing, ocean rafting, sportfishing, or diving to the depths in a real submarine, it would be hard to find a better part of the Pacific Ocean for water lovers.

A cool ocean current flowing around the islands keeps the temperature mildly tropical year round. Plankton upwelling from the deep ocean feeds fish and corals, making the reefs a colorful tapestry of sea creatures. And the warm waters encourage all kinds of ocean sports. Here are a few of our favorites:

A Tropical Ocean Paradise

Submarine Adventure
Descend 100 feet to explore a 25-acre natural Hawaiian coral reef and its inhabitants aboard a 48-passenger submarine!

Surfing Lesson 
Learn the ancient Hawaiian skill of surfing from experienced Hawaiian Lifeguards. HLSI will provide everything you need to surf under the sun while keeping you safe.

Sportfishing Tours 
Charter a fishing boat and enjoy a day of sportfishing at the best fishing spot on the Kona Coast - Grander Alley, rich with Mahi Mahi, Pacific Blue Marlin, Striped Marlin, Wahoo, and Rainbow Runner!

Day Cruises
Take in the warm Hawaiian sunshine and the breezy tropical winds while you coast through the pristine azure waters of the Pacific Ocean aboard one of these themed day-time ocean cruises. 

Sailing Excursions
Sail atop the pristine azure ocean from the peace and serenity of open air catamarans powered by Mother Nature's wind! Enjoy an unforgettable sail which offers not only fun and relaxation for everyone, but spectacular views of the sea, the sky and the Hawaiian Islands.

Hawaii Dolphin Watch & Snorkel
Dolphins are one of the ocean's most intelligent, playful and friendly creatures. Enjoy your day watching or interacting first-hand with these precious aquatic mammals while learning all about their lifestyle and Hawaiian habitat.

Sunset Cruises 
Sip a mai tai and enjoy delicious appetizers while you watch the sun disappear into the sea. Enjoy the scene while dining on culinary delights or delicious appetizers on one of the luxury cruise ships outfitted with all the amenities you could possibly need.

Glassbottom Boat Cruise
Step aboard a Glass Bottom Boat and tour the underwater sea world, without having to get wet! The Glass Bottom boat is a great introduction to the Hawaiian reef system and an opportunity to see all of the marine animals that make the reef their home.

Kayaking  Adventures
Whether you are a beginner or an expert, the clear cerulean waters of the Pacific Ocean and the soothing waters of the island rivers are ideal for a variety of memorable kayaking excursions.

Ocean Rafting Adventures
Whether you are exploring sea caves and lava tubes or coasting along the beautifully rugged coastlines, do it all while enjoying the thrill and excitement of ocean rafting! 

Let UFO Parasail abduct you and take you for the ride of your life! Soar hundreds of feet above the spectacular Kona Coast - an experience you won't soon forget!

Scuba Diving
Whether you are a seasoned scuba diver or a first timer, Hawaii's warm azure waters are the perfect place to venture into the depths to view the wide variety of aquatic creatures who call the Pacific Ocean their home. 

Snorkel Cruises
No matter which Hawaiian island you visit, enjoy the beautiful views of exquisite coral reefs, colorful aquatic life and so much more just below the surface of the pristine azure waters of the Pacific! You will be equipped with all of the necessary gear and equipment.

Snuba Diving 
Snuba is a unique and patented shallow water diving system that perfectly bridges the gap between snorkeling and scuba diving. This safe and easy activity is perfect for both children (8 years old & over) and adults, and requires no certification.

Manta Ray Encounter - Night Glass Bottom Boat Cruise
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  1. Leave purses and wallets in your room or condo. Take with you to ocean activities only your driver’s license, a credit card (if you’ll need to pay for parking or stop for lunch before going home), and a small amount of cash for soft drinks or shave ice. Consider storing your money and cards in a Dry-Pak.

  1. if you must bring your cell phone, iPad, or Kindle to the beach, consider buying a Dry-Bag to keep sand and water out of the electronics.

  1. The weather on The Big Island is changeable. Consider carrying a lightweight waterproof jacket in your lightweight day-pack.

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