Big Island

Hawaii Travel with Kids: BIG ISLAND

Nearly twice as big as all the other Hawaiian islands combined, Hawaii is the largest (and newest) Hawaiian island.

Known as the “Big Island,” Hawaii is the ultimate island for families who want to explore lava tubes, experience paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) life, and to see black sand beaches.

Kid-Friendly Big Island Resorts

Rated the nicest small hotel in Hilo, the Dolphin Bay is quiet, has a kitchen in the room, and it’s walking distance to downtown Hilo.
Steps from Keauhou Bay in Kona, the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa offers family rooms and suites, fridges, air conditioning, and is steps from Kona coffee plantations.
For the ultimate place to stay on the Big Island with kids, head to the Hilton Waikoloa Village. They have a 4-acre ocean-fed saltwater lagoon with sea turtles and tropical fish, waterslides, canal boats, air-conditioned trams, 14 restaurants, and a kids club!

Things to do on the Big Island with Kids

Join a small group tour and hear the legends of Madame Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of fire and volcanoes. You’ll also see one of the world’s most active volcanoes.
Want to explore underwater without getting wet? Join a submarine tour and see fish and other sea creatures just off the Kona Coast.
Travel 12 miles down the Kona Coast to the Captain Cook monument while learning secrets of the Big Island from a local historian. Plus, enjoy a Hawaiian-style buffet dinner with live entertainment and watch the sunset.

Island Comparison Posts

Are you debating between a few Hawaiian islands? Check out my posts comparing Big Island vs Maui and Big Island vs Kauai.



Want to skip all the planning and just access my detailed Big Island Itinerary complete with daily schedules, kid-friendly activities, and travel hacks?