Hawaii, the Big Island
It's easy to feel small on Hawaii's Big Island. From the molten magma flowing from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to the snow-capped heights of Maunakea; from the green rainforests of the Hamakua Coast to the jet-black sands of Punaluu Beach; Hawaii' is an unrivalled expression of the power of nature. To avoid confusion with the name of the entire state, the Island of Hawaii is often called the "Big Island," as it is nearly twice as big as all of the other Hawaiian Islands combined, and can be intimidating. You'll find all but two of the world's climatic zones within this island's shores. The dramatic size and scope of the largest Hawaiian Island create a microcosm of environments and activities. On this island's vast tableau, you'll find everything from extravagant resorts and incredible golf courses to modest local towns and sacred Hawaiian historical sites, from the birthplace of King Kamehameha I to Hawaii's first missionary church in Historic Kailua Village (Kailua-Kona). With so much to see, it's best to experience the island in small pieces.
Top 5 things to do:
- get up close to Kilauea's lava flow in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park
- night snorkel or scuba dive with manta rays
- stargaze from above the clouds atop Mauna Kea, the worlds largest sea mountain
- drink freshly brewed Kona coffee, straight from the source
- discover paniolo (cowboy) heritage in Waimea
Information on Hawaii, the Big Island provided by Hawai‘i Tourism Oceania.