Below is basically a Big Island travel planning map.
Use it to plan your Hawaii vacation!
Be sure to play around with the map!
See below for the clickable interactive version of the Big Island map! Most icons have pictures, and some have additional info too! If you are on your phone, also see tips for using the map on mobile below the interactive map!
👆 Map of where the Big Island is located in Hawaii. The major Hawaiian islands from north to south (west to east) are Kauai (Lihue), Oahu (Honolulu), Maui (Lahaina), and the Big Island. The interactive map is below.
The Big Island travel planning map for Hawaii
Click the little icon in the top left corner of the map to see the list of what you’ll find on this map.
👆 How to start using this map: Click the top left icon! Or just zoom in to start looking and clicking around!
This map may not work very well on this page on mobile, sorry!
In that case, send a link of this page to yourself and try on desktop!
Tips for using this google map of the Big Island on mobile!
If you are on your phone, you can also take a look at this Big Island map in Google Maps. (It is the same map as above but it might be easier for use on your phone.)
For this map, in short, in addition to clicking the icons that you see on the map, also click on the names that come up when you click on an icon!
Most icons have pictures and/or info to go along with it so if you are not seeing it, then click around!
If you do look at the map directly on google, start off by clicking the text at the bottom of the screen (the text that says “big island map”) to see the different categories.
Then you can start clicking around on this list.
Or, you can also just start clicking around on the map.
When you click on an icon on the map, you will see the name of the spot come up at the bottom of the screen.
Click on that name.
Then, you will see a picture of that spot (in most cases!) and also possibly more info!
Phones may have different displays but basically click around on both icons and text!
What’s on the Big Island tourist map?
- Things to do on the Big Island
- Things to do in Kona
- Things to do on the south coast
- Things to do in Volcanoes National Park area
- Things to do in Puna
- Things to do in Hilo area
- Black sand beaches
- Beach hikes
- Hawaii state parks
Here’s the quick list of things to do with 7 days on the Big Island to use along with the map!
- Day 1: Kona coast white sand beaches
- Day 2: Kona coast
- Day 3: South coast
- Day 4: Hawaii volcanoes national park area
- Day 5: Puna coast
- Day 6: Hilo area
- Day 7: North side
See more ideas for a 7-day Big Island itinerary and to plan your circle island drive around the Big Island!
- Kekaha Kai State Park white sand beaches (Hawaii state park)
- Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park to see turtles
- Kailua Bay
- Hulihee Palace
- Broke da mouth grindz restaurant menu
- Da poke shack menu
- Magic Sands Beach
- Kahaluu Beach snorkeling spot
- Captain Cook Monument trail
- Parking for Captain Cook trailhead
- Kealakekua Bay snorkeling spot
- Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
- Two Step beach snorkeling
- Parking for Two Step beach
- Hookena Beach
- Honomalino Bay (beach hike)
See more: Where to stay on the south coast
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park area
- Mauna Loa Road
- Crater Rim Drive
- Kilauea Iki Trail to hike into a former lava lake
- Chain of Craters Road
- Old Chain of Craters Road to see lava-covered road
- Holei Sea Arch
See more: Driving from Kona to the national park
- Kaimu black sand beach trail
- Red Road
- Kehena clothing optional black sand beach
- Pohoiki black sand beach
- Leilani Avenue
- Lava tree state monument
See more: Things to do near Hilo
- Waipio Valley beach hike
- Pololu Valley beach hike
- Lapakahi village trail
- Lapakahi snorkeling spot
- Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site
- Hapuna Beach
- Waialea Beach snorkeling spot
And those are activity ideas for your Big Island trip itinerary!
Be sure to see the 7 day Big Island itinerary for ideas on how to spend your days on the Big Island!
Also see more Hawaii ideas with the Oahu map too!
HAPPY BIG ISLAND TRAVEL PLANNING!
Here are some ideas for your time on the Big Island!
Among the most popular things to do on the Big Island are Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Akaka Falls State Park, and Waipio Valley!
For Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the main road to drive is Chain of Craters Road and it will take you to see the best lava fields in Hawaii! Before that though (or after!) you will want to make a stop for the Thurston lava tube. You can also hike into a former lava lake by doing the Kilauea Iki Trail!
Other Big Island activities you may want to make time for are the best black sand beaches in Hawaii (including Punaluu black sand beach to see turtles maybe!) and the Papakolea green sand beach of Hawaii.
Volcanoes in Hawaii
There was a time in December 2022 that 2 volcanoes were erupting in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
This was a special occasion because even in the past few years, there was a quiet period where there was NO active lava to be seen anywhere in Hawaii.
As the National Park Service says, it was the first time in nearly 40 years that TWO volcanoes were erupting in Hawaii at the same time!
But what seems like nearly just like that, they stopped erupting.
As it goes with volcanoes, things can change in an instant!
So be sure to check National Park Service updates when your Big Island trip gets closer: What's going on with the volcanoes?
Spotted yesterday at #MaunaLoa – a lava boat rides the waves! On Dec 7, a lava boat was spotted floating down channel. Lava boats can form when portions of the cone or lava channel break away & are rafted downstream. Hot lava cools to its surface to create that smooth exterior. pic.twitter.com/D9gdoFolfq— USGS Volcanoes🌋 (@USGSVolcanoes) December 9, 2022
👇 Explore the Big Island map on google maps!
See the list:
- Things to do on the Big Island (for VIEWS!)
- Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
- Things to do in Kona
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Top things to pack for your Hawaii vacation!
The ultimate beach towel for travel?!Turkish towels are considered to be more absorbent and lightweight than your average beach towel. Be sure to check out turkish towels like these!
The cheapo way to waterproof your phoneYou can take underwater pictures with a simple waterproof phone case like this. Touch screen may not work well underwater - try the volume button to snap the pic instead!
Get your suitcase more organized!Packing cubes can make it so you're spending less time on your vacation looking for things! They are basically a form of drawers in your suitcase. Take a look at these packing cubes.
Wear less sunscreen by wearing a UPF swim shirt!Wearing a swim shirt means less skin that's exposed to the sun which means less sunscreen you need to apply! See about wearing swim shirts with UV protection like these when you're snorkeling.
More for your Big Island packing list
- How a cheapo waterproof phone case works
- Why wear water shoes for the beach
- Why a personal swim buoy is an essential for snorkeling and swimming in the ocean
- Essentials to pack for Hawaii
- Best shoes for Hawaii
Watch the videos to see the Big Island in action!
Find more amazing things to do on the Big Island: Watch my Big Island videos on youtubeIf you see an activity you like, look in the description below the youtube video for the individual blog post about that specific activity!
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