The Big Island of Hawaii is the perfect place for a vacation that the entire family will remember and treasure forever.
Away from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki and downtown Honolulu and far different from the crowds of tourists that flock to Maui, Hawaii's Big Island has something to offer everyone in the family.
While the entire family can enjoy a vacation on the Big Island by just sticking close to the resorts on the Kona coast, if you do so you'll miss most of what makes the Big Island so special.
Allow yourself a full week to really get to know and appreciate the island. In order to really see and enjoy the Big Island you'll need to rent a car. Car rentals, when reserved on a weekly basis, are quite reasonable. Most resorts offer free parking for guests.
We've chosen 11 activities which offer a wide assortment of things to do and see. There are plenty of other choices, but these should give you a good idea of what the Big Island has to you and the entire family.
Hilton Waikoloa Village
425 Waikoloa Beach Drive
Waikoloa, Hawaii 96738
Featuring one of the world's largest natural dolphin habitats in the world, Dolphin Quest has programs for children 5-12, teens as well as adults allowing participants to get up close and interact with the dolphins.
Space is limited and advance reservations are required for the children's and teens' programs. The adult encounters are handled through a daily lottery.
Even if you are unable to participate in one of the programs, there is plenty of room for all to watch.