5 Affordable Things to Do on the Big Island of Hawaii

Offering a different vibe and fewer tourists than Oahu and Maui, there's no shortage of cheap things to do on Hawaii's Big Island.

5 Affordable Things to Do on the Big Island of Hawaii Photo (cc) by nan palmero

I previously shared what I thought were some best bets for cheap fun on Oahu based on my recent visit with my five kids. Now, it’s time to head to the Big Island.

After spending a few days in Honolulu, the Big Island felt like a whole other world. The international airport in Kona consists of a couple open air huts surrounded by miles of lava rock fields. Stepping off the plane felt a little like stepping off the grid.

While you can get away with taxis and public transportation in Honolulu, you’ll want to rent a car on the Big Island. Once you have that, you can access enough cheap and free activities to easily keep you busy for a week or more.

Here are five of my top picks:

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