Hawaii Island covers more than 4,000  square miles, and is home to some of the finest fishing, diving and snorkeling in the entire state.  It also offers the most diverse scenic landscapes of any  island. 

Water Sports

The Kona-Kohala Coast are prime areas for these activities. The beaches of South Kohala, north of the airport, are the best on the island. Water temp varies from 74 to 82, the latter in September.  Visability on the shore is about 60 to 75 ft.  Off shore and in the rock bound coves and bays it can exceed 100 to 150 ft.  

Diving and fishing are centered out of the Honokohau marina just north of Kailua-Kona, and Puako and Kawaihae on the Kohala Coast. Fishing can be outstanding any time of year.

Kayaking, outrigger canoe paddling, surfing and stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) can be arranged at many sites around the island.

Air Tours

Because of size of this island and the sheer mass of scenic options, an air tour by helicopter or fixed wing can help visitors grasp the basics of  the landscape. It is also often the only way to view active lava flows, which can be remote and inaccessible by foot. Several options are available out of Hilo and Kohala (Waikoloa).

Independent travelers can find detailed directions to all the trails and good places to snorkel in the guide Hawaii the Big Island Trailblazer. Pololu Valley and Waipio Valley are remote destinations worthy of half day adventure excursions.

Accessibility Issues

Accessibility information regarding water sports and land tours for  people in wheelchairs and with other mobility issues, including a great accessibility map for exploring the historic Ali'i Drive area of Kailua-Kona, can be found here:  http://www.disabledadventureshawaii.com