Big Island Travel Guide
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- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 91%Adventure Travelers
- 84%Green Travelers
- 76%Budget Travelers
- 73%Family Travelers
- 62%Luxury Travelers
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- Big IslandJul 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.
- Big IslandMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 11Jul 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.
- Big IslandMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Jul 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!
- Big IslandJul 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.
- Big IslandJul 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!).
- Big IslandJul 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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