Island of Hawaii Travel Guide
The Island of Hawaii (called the Big Island or Hawaii proper) is a volcanic island in the Pacific Ocean and one of the eight main islands that compose the U.S. state of Hawaii.
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The Big Island and the five other major islands that make up Hawaii were formed from volcanic eruptions. Each island is home to at least one shield volcano – the Big Island has the largest collection with 5 (Hualalai, Kilauea, Kohala, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa.)
The Island of Hawaii 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, stare into the heavens from the snow-capped summit of Mauna Ke'a, and relax, swim, kayak, and snorkel at a black sand, white sand, or even green sand beach. The Big Island has the world's most active volcano: Kilauea has been spewing lava since January 3, 1983.
What makes the Big island so popular is its unique landscape that includes all 11 climate zones. This lends to the extreme beauty of the Island of Hawaii and makes it an exciting place for outdoor excursions. You can start from sunny tropical beaches, travel through a rainforest, and end up perched atop a snow capped mountain in only one day.
The Big Island of Hawaii is a paradise for watersport enthusiasts – parasailing, surfing, kayaking, kite-boarding, hiking, and biking and much more. There are also numerous tour operators that will take you to see all the main highlights, including the active volcano Kilauea.
Hawaii’s Big Island is not all about xtreme living. The island is also home to some of the finest resorts and hotels such as The Fairmont Orchid, The Hilton Waikoloa Village, The Kona Coast Resort, The Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel and The Hilo Hawaiian. Visitors can also enjoy some of the finest dinning experiences – why not book in at Kaikodo or have a quiet lunch down at the acclaimed Hilo Bay Café.
Kona is the where you will find all your mainstream forms of accommodation – i.e. all your super resorts and plush hotels. So it is fair to say that a large proportion of tourists flock to this side of the island. Many tourists also like Kona because it is the driest and sunniest part of the island to stay.
If it's soft white sand beaches you are after then make your way down to Hawaii’s gold coast. The Kohala Coast is also home to the Hapuna Beach State Park and a number of high-end resorts like the Hapuna Prince.
The main city on the Big Island is Hilo and is likely the most beautiful city you will see, with it's ocean bay backdrop, parks and fountains - it is impossible to be disappointed when visiting the Island of Hawaii.
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