Big Island Activities and Things to Do
The Big Island is a unique and exciting place to visit. Surf crystalline tropical waters in the morning and snow-ski on breathtaking Mauna Kea in the afternoon. Visit an active volcano from on the ground or above in a small plane. Hike in a tropical rainforest. Explore thousand year old lava tubes and witness a fiery spectacular of fresh lava spilling into the ocean. Hang with the “big fish” – the waters off the coast are known for some of the best sport fishing in the world. Or take part in the many exciting events and activities that occur year round on the Big Island. There are ten world-class golf courses within a few minutes drive. At the resort, enjoy tennis or a game of horse shoes, swimming, spa, exercise facility, barbecuing, and on-site activities such as Hula lessons, Hawaiian arts and crafts, and so much more.
Paniolo Greens offers an abundance of activities right at our resort to make your stay in Waikoloa memorable. Play golf at nearby Waikoloa Village Golf Course, offering 18 challenging holes overlooking the Kohala Coast. Get fit on vacation and spend time on our tennis courts, swimming pool, children's wading pool, fitness center, spa and horseshoe pit. Or learn how to hula or make a fresh flower lei by taking in some of our cultural classes. For a list of resort activities, download our activities form.
Also at the Paniolo Greens, rent your beach gear here! Beach rentals are available for a nominal fee. Beach chairs, coolers, boogie boards and more are available to rent. Leave the gear at home, and rent them through us. For a list of items for rent, download our rental flyer.
Here are just a few of the wide variety of activities and tours to enjoy during your time on the Big Island:
Parker Ranch is one of the oldest ranches in the United States. Spreading approximately 150,000 acres of the Big Island, Hawaii, Parker Ranch is also one of the country’s largest cattle ranches. Parker Ranch offers opportunities for visitors to learn more about the history and culture of the Ranch by visiting the Parker Ranch Visitor Center and Museum and Historic Homes or take a Wagon Ride with Kohala Carriages to one of our oldest stone corrals. For more information, call (808) 885-5898
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
Hapuna Beach has something for everyone—shore breaks for body boarders, fish for anglers, and in summer, calm water for swimmers. Diving schools coax novices into the shimmering sea. A one-half mile long band of white sand that is over 200 feet wide in the summer months plus clean, clear water would describe anyone’s perfect imaginary beach.
Surf Lessons from Kona Mike Surf Adventures
Take surf lessons from Kona Mike's Surf Adventures on the Big Island. Kona Mike's instructors are experienced Hawaii surfers and are well trained in CPR, first aid, lifeguard certified and trained in professional rescue. You and your family will be well taken care of! VCall (808) 334-0033.
Health & Wellness through Yoga with Yoga Hale
Visit Yoga Hale for a calming yoga experience. Yoga Hale's classes are set in a friendly and relaxed environment and welcomes people of all ages, genders, and experience. Offering expert instruction and two instructed classes per day including "Hot" style yoga, Vinyasa style yoga, Gentle Yoga designed for beginners or anyone who wants to reacquaint themselves to basic yoga techniques & Yin & Yang Yoga which is a mixture of light hatha yoga flow followed by meditation. For more information and details about upcoming class schedules and other Yoga events call 808-938-9980.
Take on an affordable adventure and go geocaching! Experience the various trails in Hawaii's Big Island and discover a treasure or two along the way.
Whale Watching, Waterfall Tours and more with Sea Hawaii Rafting
Get up close and personal with the Hawaiian coastline and marine life on Sea Hawaii Rafting's exciting boat tours and snorkeling adventures! Located in Kona, Sea Hawaii Rafting offers an adventure of a lifetime. The Zodiac adventure tours are state of the art and environmentally friendly. Offering exciting excursion including snorkeling trips to secluded beaches, dolphin encounters, Kohala Coast Waterfall tour, cave and lava tube exploration and whale watching! Their team of experienced captains and crew will lead you to discover the best Hawaii has to offer. (808) 325-7444
Mauna Kea Summit Adventures
Mauna Kea Summit Adventures is the original sunset and stargazing adventures. For many years, this experienced tour company has been offering guests an educational and memorable sightseeing adventure to one of Hawaii's most popular destination. Tours last 7-8 hours and picks at the Paniolo Greens Resort. This adventure includes arctic style parkas with hoods, a hearty Hot Supper & Hot Drinks. Call 1-888-322-2366 for reservations.
W.M. Keck Observatory
From a remote outpost on the summit of Hawaii's dormant Mauna Kea volcano, astronomers at the W. M. Keck Observatory probe the deepest regions of the Universe with unprecedented power and precision. The Observatory Headquarters is an architecture-award-winning facility located on a 7-acre campus in Kamuela on the Big Island of Hawaii. The land for our headquarters was donated by Parker Ranch. Contact: (808) 885-7887
Nestled in the foothills of Mauna Kea overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Waikoloa Village Golf Course is truly one of Hawaii's most beautiful courses. This little piece of heaven is an oasis of emerald-green overlooking the Kohala Coast. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. the Waikoloa Village Golf Course fits harmoniously into the natural beauty of the setting.
A course that is challenging enough for the serious golfer, but fun for beginners as well. The 6,791-yard par-72 course has all of the characteristics of Jones designs, with additional challenges unique to this island landscape. A relaxed pace that is inviting and serene makes this course a favorite of local golfers, who consider it one of Hawaii's best-kept secrets. With complete practice facilities available and a Pro Shop stocked with golf equipment and accessories the Waikoloa Village Golf Course is a great place to practice, shop and play.
Below you’ll find a complete list of golf courses near the resort:
- Waikoloa Village Golf Course - < 1 mile
- Waikoloa King's Golf Course - 5.5 miles
- Waikoloa Beach Golf Course - 17.5 miles
- Beach sports
- Horseback riding
- World-renowned deep-sea fishing
- Highlands Shopping Center (1/4 mile)
- Waikoloa Village Market (1/4 mile)
- The Shops at Mauna Lani (6 miles)
- Waikoloa Kings Shops (6 miles)
- Queens Marketplace (Coming Spring 2008)
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