A trip to Hawaii doesn’t need to break the bank. There are loads of affordable activities on the Big Island that the whole family will enjoy. The best part, some of these activities are even free! Your kids will love being active and outdoors, and you’ll love saving some hard-earned dough. Check out our list of five affordable family activities on Big Island.
1. Spend the Day on the Beach
This might seem like a given in Hawaii, but it’s still worth a mention. Plus, some beaches are better suited for families than others. One of the best options for families is Mauna Kea Beach. Relax on white sand or rent snorkel gear and count the different types of fish you can spot. The water is warm and peaceful, and you may even see some turtles! You can pair this stop with a trip up the mountain — the highest point in Hawaii.
2. Picnic at ‘Akaka Falls
Located in the center of ‘Akaka Falls State Park is a 422-foot waterfall. The paved walk to the falls is only a half mile round trip, making it great for families — and it’s free. Before you go, head to one of Big Island’s farmers markets to get picnic supplies and enjoy a fresh, local meal with a view of the falls. We visit Akaka Falls on our North Island Jungle Tour and it’s always a crowd favorite.
3. Hike and Stargaze at Mauna Kea
Mauna Kea is the world’s tallest mountain! Mount Everest holds the greatest altitude, but Mauna Kea is measured from the base underwater to the summit. Stop at the Onizuka Center, also known as the Visitor Information Center, at 9,200 ft to stargaze and take in views of the Big Island. It’s recommended that pregnant women and children 13 and under stop at the Visitor Information Center and do not proceed to higher altitudes at the summit.Check out our North Island Adventure Loop that guides you to the dormant volcano’s visitor center.
4. Shaka Guide Driving Tours
Shaka Guide’s Big Island tour bundle costs just $19.99 and has FIVE different tours. These road trips visit each corner of the island. Make stops at famous sites like Volcanoes National Park, Waikoloa, Waimea Town, Hilo, and the Kohala coast. All the tours give you the freedom to explore on your own terms — and budget.
5. Snorkeling at Kahalu’u Beach
As you snorkel in Hawaiian waters, you might spot sea turtles, monk seals, spinner dolphins or even the Humuhumunukunukuapua`a — Hawaii’s state fish. While many Big Island beaches are great for snorkeling, they’re not all great for snorkeling with families. Kahalu’u Beach near Kona is protected by a cove making the waters calm and suitable for snorkelers of all skill levels. If you’re taking our South Island Epic Coastal Journey or Kona “Big Kahuna” Tour, make a stop at this beach to see a variety of tropical fish.
Headed to the Big Island? Shaka Guide has five driving tours on the island.