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Favorite Big Island Activities and Adventures

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Favorite Big Island Activities and Adventures

If you could only pick one organized activity or adventure (e.g., helicopter tour, horseback riding, snorkeling) to do on the Big Island - Kona side - what would it be, and what company would you use to do it?

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1. Re: Favorite Big Island Activities and Adventures

Snorkeling with Sea Paradise (or Fair Winds).

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2. Re: Favorite Big Island Activities and Adventures

SB2525,

On the Kona side? Snorkel Kealakekua Bay from a boat tour. Though the round the island helo tour is a very close second.

The one major thing you can do on the Big Island that you cannot do on any of the other islands is visit the Volcanoes National Park, but that isn’t on the West side.

Good luck and happy travels!

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Even after iving here for 20+ years, there are two things I always dowhen in the area: stop at the Volcano National Park and go to Waipio Valley. As a visitor I wouldn't miss the circle island air tour either.

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Manta Snorkel. Pretty amazing and the Doors off Paradise Lava tour.

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Another vote for the manta snorkel - you just can't see that anywhere else.

For snorkelling in Kealakekua Bay, just rent your own kayak (we rented from Kona Boys).

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6. Re: Favorite Big Island Activities and Adventures

Another vote for snorkeling in Kealakekua Bay. Some of the best I have done anywhere in the world. We have gone with Fairwinds and enjoyed but any way you get there works. Enjoy.

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Just curious...why choose the night dive with Manta Ray vs day dive/snorkel

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Circle Island Heli tour but must have DVD video included on a relatively clear day. Favorite paid activity so far is self guided tour of Hawaiin Tropical Botanical gardens (not to be missed).

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9. Re: Favorite Big Island Activities and Adventures

"why choose the night dive with Manta Ray vs day dive/snorkel"

There's no need to choose, do both! Here's the deal, the day diving and snorkeling in Kona is pretty much the best it gets in Hawaii, it's great, but the question was "one organized activity or adventure" and the manta dive is something that essentially is not done anywhere else in the world and it's terriffic. Just because it's terriffic does not mean the rest isn't worthwhile.

If you are wondering why mantas at night and not day, that's somethinge else, the mantas typically don't congregate to feed during the day so theres only a chance likelihood of seeing them.

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10. Re: Favorite Big Island Activities and Adventures

ahhh....it was the manta ray --- why at night..thanks for answering that.

We want to see them but not feed them....do they come up to you!

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