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  • 84%
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  • 76%
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  • 73%
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  • 73%
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  • 62%
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    Basha Leah
    4 Aug 02, 2012

    Had a great time on Big Island. Played golf a couple of times. Did some exploring and, of course saw the volcano. Robert's Tours are a great way to see the islands.

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    Sharmalee Fernando
    5 Jul 15, 2012

    There's no place on earth quite like this handful of sun-drenched, mid-Pacific islands...
    When visiting the Islands of Hawaii you'll find palm-fringed blue lagoons, lush rainforests, hidden gardens, cascading waterfalls, wild rivers running through rugged canyons, and soaring volcanoes. And oh, those beaches -- gold, red, black, and even green sands caressed by miles and miles surf. The possibilities for adventure -- and relaxation -- are limitless. The Islands of Hawaii play host world class sporting and entertainment events each year. Some of these include the NFL Pro Bowl, the Ironman Triathlon World Championship and the Honolulu Marathon.

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  • Big IslandPro 2014
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    5 Jul 06, 2012

    The Big Island of Hawaii has such a diversity of climates and natural beauty that it will surprise you it is all on one island! You have the rocky lava coast near the Kailua-Kona airport, it looks like you are landing on a distance planet. This is the sunny side of the island, and there are some fabulous little beach oasis amidst the black cooled lava terrain. If you go south, you can see the black sand beaches, if you go north on the set coast, you can go up to the large chain resorts from Hilton and other major brands.

    If you go inland, you can find a desert area with cactus and cowboys, as if you were in west Texas. But go a little farther in, and it will turn into a tropical rain forrest with lush greens and moist climate. Go up the mountains and you can find snow and even ski on it in good snowfall seasons.

    On the Hilo side, where the rains fall in more abundance, you will find lush tropical foliage and green valleys, and modern shopping malls and residential neighborhoods.

    And of course, you can go back up the mountains to Kiluauea, to see an active volcano, and the past destruction it has done, and is still doing down in the national volcanoes monument area, where entire subdivisions were burned out.

    The big island has it all, in a relaxed, slower paced environment. So if you are a high rolling city type that wants to relax, great, come here. But leave your attitude back on the mainland and your watch back in the hotel.

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  • Big IslandPro 2014
    Andrea L
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    5 Jul 05, 2012

    This single island is home to 11 of the world’s 13 climate zones. In one day, you can play with snow on a dormant volcano (Mauna Kea), see recent or live lava flow on another (Kilauea), swim, snorkel, and then drive through a desert.

    With the laid back town of Hilo on one side of the island, and the calm yet touristy Kona on the other side (with lots in between), there is a lot to do on this BIG Island. While it may not be big to mainlanders, it’s the biggest of the Hawaiian Islands. It can be visited in one brief day, or you could take a week to explore the many treasures this island holds.

    Kona coffee? Mauna Loa macadamias? This is where they’re from!

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    Dani Lombard-Treacher
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    As regulars to Hawaii, we have only been to the Big Island once. It is, as the name suggests, BIG! So you don't get to see as much as on the other islands without driving a fair way. We only stayed for a few days and laid low in our resort, the Mauna Lani which was GREAT. Very rustic and old school hawaii. Beautiful.

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    Annette Freeman
    4 Jul 05, 2012

    Come here for the volcanos - still erupting and spewing red hot lava into the sea. A short flight hop from Honolulu. Weird to see the cooled lava from earlier flows which has buried highways and road signs.

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    Roger Lee
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    Hualalei is an incredible resort that is also very kid-friendly. It is run by the Four Seasons so it is high-end but the quality of service and the attention to detail is great. The two kids pools are very nice and they have great activities for the kids as well (movies on a big screen, etc.). Plus, you will run into some A list celebs (we hung out with Julia Roberts!).

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    Chen Amit
    5 Jul 03, 2012

    I took a small plane with my wife and one of our kids and flew around the island. Stunning.
    Very diverse scenery which is very rocky on one side, and flourishing green on the other.
    We flew over and around the volcano and looked into its red hot "belly". An experience to remember.

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    5 Nov 24, 2013

    ok

    Recommended for:Art & Design LoversBackpackersBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers
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    James Porterfield
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    4 Sep 26, 2013

    Much less crowded. Maui 30 years ago. A great get away if you are looking for quiet relaxation.

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    Barbara Kossy
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    5 Jul 23, 2013
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    Patty
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    5 Apr 21, 2013
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    4 Dec 13, 2012
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    5 Oct 15, 2012
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    5 Oct 12, 2012
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    5 Sep 27, 2012
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    ThecookEmonsta Matic
    4 Aug 09, 2012

    This is where everybody should travel at least once . My favorite exotic place to travel

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    Scott Smith
    4 Jul 21, 2012
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    5 Jul 14, 2012
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    Andreas Wolf
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Never forget my trip to Big Island 1995. The vulcans and the nature, awesome.

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The Big Island of Hawaii is any vacationer’s paradise – from pristine white sand beaches to rugged mountain scenery, the easternmost island of Hawaii has it all. Kona, on the west side of the island, serves as the primary hub for the island’s tourists. Not more than a half-hour drive from Kona are multiple beach resorts and hotels, including the world-famous Mauna Kea and Mauna Lani resorts. At ... read more
the beach there are many things to do, including snorkeling. This is a popular activity, offering ample opportunity to see exotic marine wildlife and the fabled Green Sea Turtle, which nests on the Big Island. One of the Big Island’s main attractions is Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, a simple 2.5-hour trek from the west side of the island. At the national park, lucky park-goers can witness lava spewing out of an active volcano. Local restaurants specialize in fresh local seafood cooked island style. A visit to the Big Island of Hawaii is definitely a fantastic opportunity to witness many breathtaking sights and relax at the same time.

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