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Unique Tours and Activities on "The Big Island" of Hawaii

The Big Island of Hawaii has many unique tours and activities that are often found nowhere else in the world.

There are 50 tours in this category with adult prices that range in price from $15.00 to $1500.00 Skip Directly to Tours.

"The Big Island" of Hawaii Unique Tours and Activities

The word unique means one of a kind.


In all fairness, some of the tours listed on this page would actually be considered unusual, as there are similar tours (but not many) found elsewhere.


From our perspective this category of tours is "special" because the tours found here are "different".


Also, because they are so different, we don't really have a good category of activities to place some of them in unless we put them in a category of their own.


Some activities shown here are found in other categories but still qualify as different enough to warrant another mention.


Norwegian Cruise Lines - Pride of America Cruise Ship:

Many of the Unique Tours listed in this section are available within a short walk of the cruise line dock, a short taxi ride or can be reached by having Tom Barefoot's Tours arrange a pick up for you at the pier for a Rent-A-Car.

Look for this symbol in the tour descriptions below to indicate if it is Pride of America compatible.

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Hawaii Forest and Trail

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Merriman's Farm Visit and Dinner, Hiking, Nature Trails, Land Tours, Bird Watching Hawaii

Hawaii Forest and Trail is one of the premier hiking and eco-adventure tour companies on the Big Island. They offer a variety of hiking tours which visit vastly different areas of the island and concentrate on the geology, biology, botany and history of each region. Small groups are led by naturalist guides. Their international reputation has made them a requested and popular touring option on the Big Island.
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Adventures In Paradise

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Snorkel,Kayak, and Hiking

Why not consider a kayak snorkeling tour into the famous Kealakekua Bay with Adventures in Paradise? Kayaks are among the most eco-friendly marine vessels available and are a wonderful way to experience the marine environment. You can also choose to take a night-time kayak tour out to see the giant Manta Rays and jump overboard for a 'once in a lifetime' swimming experience.
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Kailani Tours Hawaii

2 Activity Options

Make a reservation for Kailani Tours Hawaii

Kailani Tours Hawaii specializes in providing the most-interactive high-end sightseeing tours on the Big Island of Hawaii. Their certified guides deliver the highest quality customer service in luxury Mercedes Sprinter Vans. With different tours to choose from Kailani Tours Hawaii has a tour for you.
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Wahine Charters

3 Activity Options

Dolphin Excursions, Whale Watch Tour - Wahine Charters, Snorkeling and Manta Ray trips from Honokoha

Wicked Wahine Charters operates a series of boat tours out of Kailua-Kona on the Big Island. Their 29' custom power vessel can easily traverse the 12 miles of coastline between Honokohau Harbor and the Captain Cook Monument while snorkeling and dolphin watching on the way, or it can take you out on a night time Manta Ray adventure or whale watching.
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Big Island Air

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Cessna Grand Caravan EX

Big Island Air offers three different tours on their air conditioned Cessna Grand Caravan EX, which is the only turbine-engine, jet prop tour airplane in the State of Hawaii. Turbine engines are superior to piston or reciprocating engines in terms of safety, reliability and performance. The added power of a turbine allows us to show many places/things a conventional engine will not allow while operating well within the aircraft's normal range limits.
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Botanical World

8 Activity Options

Zipline, Segway Garden Tours, Waterfalls

The Botanical World Ventures and Botanical Gardens is located in the beautiful jungle area of the Big Island's Hamakua Coast. Combining a rare look at some of the most amazing botanical gardens in the state with Segway tour adventures and a first class 7-line zipline course you will be able to enjoy an entire day here on the Hilo side of the island and enjoy every minute.
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Umauma Experience

3 Activity Options

Wailele Experience - Hike, Swim and Picnic, Umauma River Swim and Kayak Experience, Most Scenic

The Umauma Zipline and the other activities of this beautiful area along the Hamakua Coast that are collectively referred to as the Umauma Experience, provide one of the best ways to spend a day on the Big Island. You will be able to enjoy zip-lining, hiking, kayaking, swimming, picnics, riverside strolling and beautiful gardens in these forested areas created by the Umauma River Valley.
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Flumin Kohala - Big Island

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Flumin Kohala - Big Island

The KOHALA DITCH has been called a masterpiece by some of those who, over its 110 years of existence, have explored its course from its headwaters in the high forests of the Kohala Mountains to its terminus over twenty miles away in the lowland sugar cane fields near Hawi.
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Anelakai Adventures - Big Island

1 Activity Option

Kayak with Anelakai Adventures

Anelakai offers kayak, outrigger canoe and stand up paddling adventures off the Kona coast on the Big Island of Hawaii.
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Ocean Safaris Adventures

2 Activity Options

Kayak and Whale Watch, Kayak Adventures, Kayak and Whale Watch, Stand Up Paddle Classes, Watching Do

If you think you might enjoy the adventure of an ocean kayak experience, Ocean Safari Kayak Adventures me be just the ticket for you. Established in 1994, the pristine Kona coastline has been the 'water world' playground of this popular kayak company which has hosted thousands of kayak enthusiasts. A variety of fish, dolphins, beautiful reefs and possibly even cliff diving can all play a part in these exciting kayak adventures.
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Captain Zodiac

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23' Inflatable Zodiac Rafts, 24 Foot Inflatable Zodiac Raft

One of the oldest charter boat companies in the state, Captain Zodiac offers spectacular personalized and adventurous snorkel and wildlife tours along the coast of Kona on the Big Island. A variety of daily snorkel tours will take you to Kealakekua Bay on speedy 24' Zodiac Rafts and outstanding whale watches are offered during the winter season.
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Sunlight On Water

2 Activity Options

Snorkeling Tours

Sunlight on Water is the name of an amazing boat that takes you out for a 'dolphin swim' off the coast of Kona on the Big Island. This very stable and smooth riding 40' vessel with quiet engines, comfortable seating, restroom and warm shower accommodates as many as 25 passengers. You will be in search of the dolphins and swimming with them in the open ocean. Manta Ray snorkels are also available in the evenings.
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ATV Outfitters Hawaii

3 Activity Options

ATV Tours and Adventures

ATV Outfitters Hawaii is the premier All Terrain Vehicle tour company in the State. They were the first company to begin offering ATV tours and continue to provide a fun and exciting trip for the entire family to enjoy. Each trip is a guided adventure through the scenic and remote areas of North Kohala on the northeast coast of the Big Island.
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Splashers Ocean Adventures

1 Activity Option

30' RIGID Hull Inflatable Raft

Splasher's Ocean Adventures is an eco-friendly adventure rafting company which operates out of Honokohau Harbor on the Kona Coast of the Big Island. It's 19 passenger, 30' rigid hull inflatable raft offers snorkel and dolphin tours down the coast to Kealakekua Bay, whale watches in season and two exciting evening Manta Ray snorkel tours.
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Neptune Charlies

1 Activity Option

28' Orca with Twin Diesel engines

One of the most popular dive shops in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii is 'Manta Ray Dives of Hawaii'. Also known as Neptune Charlies, they specialize in fabulous night dives with the Manta Rays. Being a dive shop however they also have available a wide selection of dives and have dolphin and whale watches as well as snorkel tours.
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Big Island Discovery

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Kahua Ranch Cowboy Style Dinner

Enjoy a Hawaiian style Paniolo cowboy feast at the upcountry lodge of the Kahua Ranch in the upcountry region of the Big Island. Located at the 3200' level of the Kohala Mountains this famous 8500 acre working cattle ranch becomes the site of an amazing country barbeque party and back hills hootenanny complete with music, roping, branding and tons of wholesome fun.
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KapohoKine Adventures

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KapohoKine Adventures

Upscale sightseeing tours of the Big Island are offered by Kapohokine Adventures. Tours range the gamut between the Kona Side and the Hilo/Volcano side of the island and the smaller sizes of tours make them very personalized. In addition Kapohokine also offers a tremendous zipline course on the Hilo side of the island with 8 separate double lines the last of which is one-half mile long.
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Paradise Helicopters

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Scenic Helicopter Tours of Oahu, Pearl Harbor Flights, Door's Off Adventure Tours

Paradise Helicopters is one of the premier helicopter touring companies that services both the Big Island and Oahu. One of the biggest differences between this company and many others is the fact that they will offer you the opportunity to take a flight with the doors off. As nerve racking as that may sound, you are completely strapped in an just a secure as you would be in an enclosed helicopter. The big difference is that your view from this perspective will be absolutely amazing.
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Sea Paradise

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Snorkel - 50' Catamran

Sea Paradise is a 50 foot sailing catamaran, the Hokuhele, which explores beautiful locations along the Kona coastline. Trips depart from Keauhou Bay heading down the coastline towards the historic marine preserve, Kealakekua Bay. Dolphins or even whales when in season will often become a major focal point of these trips. Evening tours are also available to see the amazing giant Manta Rays.
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Sea Quest Rafting

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Inflatable Rafts, Rigid Hull Inflatable Raft

Quick, maneuverable and personal are all words that accurately describe the tours offered by Sea Quest Rafting. Leaving from Keauhou Bay their 26' rafts travel the distance down to famous Kealakekua Bay to snorkel and the various tours they offer will include other locations as well. These tours are all marine intensive and dolphins almost always seem to play a big role in each ocean outing.
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Torpedo Tours

1 Activity Option

An amazing experience!

Want to have a unique diving experience, try a trip with Torpedo Tours off the coast on Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. The torpedoes are safe and easy to operate and allow you to cover much more distance than you normally could. The torpedo provides all the power to propel you in the water instead of you kicking, which means you'll be expending a lot less energy on your dive. You will likely even be able to swim along with the dolphins as they join the groups for a frolic every couple of days.
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Waipio Valley Wagon Tours

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Four Wheel Drive GM Van and Mule Drawn Wagon

The Waipio Valley Wagon Ride Tours offers a quaint way to visit the beautiful Waipio Valley. Riding through this peaceful valley being pulled by horses seems a totally appropriate and natural way to enjoy the grandeur of this picturesque place. You will find this tour informative as well as you learn about the valley's past when it was home to hundreds of Hawaiians, and was the summer home of Hawaiian royalty.
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Epic Tours

3 Activity Options

Epic Tours - Hawaii

Epic Tours offers Jeep and 4 wheel drive SUV tours to hard to reach areas of the Big Island of Hawaii.
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Hawaiian Boating Adventures

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Grady White, 30', Power Cat, catamaran design, twin 200 hp Yamaha engines

Design your own customized ocean adventures on the Big Island of Hawaii and choose both how long you want to go out and what ocean activities you want to do on your special tour.
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Sometimes you just can't fit a square peg in a round hole. We have accumulated here on this page a few of the activities we offer on the island that just don't seem to fit in any of the traditional categories.

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