There are many, many activities on the Big Island. We have limited our suggestions here to the ocean based ones because these are the most unique to the Islands.

Scuba Diving:

If you are an experienced scuba diver the very best dive operation in Kona is Dive Makai, (808)329 2025.

This is a small boat operation and very popular so you should make reservations in advance. They require that you be experienced. You will be diving in a small group with outstanding dive guides who will tell you what you're going to see and then take you down and show you on every dive. Dive Makai also does night dives and if you are adventurous the Manta Ray dives are really something special.


In addition to the shore entry snorkeling sites mentioned in our beach guide you can also take one of the snorkeling cruises. A good choice is The Body Glove, (800)551 8911. They also do whale watching trips in season.


This beautiful, rustic Bay is a marine sanctuary and the breeding grounds for the spinner dolphin. It's also one of the most scenic and "Hawaiian" places on the Big Island. The site where Captain Cook was murdered by the ancient Hawaiians is located on the north shore of the Bay and commemorated by a monument on that site.

The shallow waters off of the Captain Cook Monument are teaming with reef fish and it's one of the best snorkeling sites in the Islands. You reach this side of the Bay by kayak. It's about a 30 minute paddle across the Bay and if you are lucky you may see schools of spinners around you. Go ahead! Jump in and swim with the dolphins (but make sure you know how to get back into a kayak before you jump!).

The best deal on kayaks is to rent one on the Mamalahoa Highway (Hway 11) on the way down. You will see several places along the road. They will tie the Kayaks to the top of your car.

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