The Island of Hawai’i is sometimes called the Orchid Isle or the Volcano Isle, but to its residents it’s always “the Big Island of Hawaii.”
A Big Island vacation excites the senses and inspires the adventurer. You can hike into a volcano crater, catch marlin weighing hundreds of pounds, discover our universe from the top of Mauna Ke’a, and outstare a shark from the safety of a submarine porthole.
The sheer size of the Big Island, larger than all of the other islands combined, can be its main drawback for the explorer — you can drive and drive and drive and drive between attractions. So allot your time accordingly.
The Big Island of Hawaii is the most southerly of the main Hawaii state islands. It’s is near equal to all of the other main Hawaii islands put together.
The Big Island’s tropical climate is nearly ideal. Geographically it’s the most diverse island of the archipelago, with deserts, rainforests, volcanoes and snow-capped mountains.
The Big Island is home to five volcanoes: Mauna Loa, Kilauea, Hualalai, Kohala and Mauna Kea. Mauna Loa and Kilauea have been the most active in recent times, with Hualalai brooding silently as an eruption possibility.
In the winter, both Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa are cloaked with a mantle of snow. The Beaches – Beach lovers can enjoy 80 or more beaches, and new ones are formed when molten lava shatteres as it hits cold ocean waters. Beautiful marine life can be observed by snorkeling or scuba diving from boat and from shore.
Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park – established in 1916, displays the results of 70 million years of volcanism, migration, and evolution. Kilauea, the world’s most active volcano, offers scientists insights on the birth of the Hawaiian Islands and visitors views of dramatic volcanic landscapes.
The Ocean – Spectacular crystal-clear Hawaiian waters awaits. Experience the stunning corals, fish, turtles, dolphins, and whales that populate the islands. Kayak across the blue water and marvel at the scenery in paradise. Don’t forget your underwater camera!
Hilo – Historic Downtown Hilo is alive and bustling. More laid back from the hustle of more touristy Hawaii, one can find great bargains in this quaint town. Its diverse shopping opportunities, small scale, and friendliness makes Hilo an enchanting town to visit and explore. With lots of rain, you will find Hilo exceptionally green and fertile.