Discover Hawai'i
Your Big Island Travel Guide

The Big Island of Hawai'i is magical, one of the most unique natural wonders of the world showcasing a diversity of land and ocean features like nowhere else on earth. ALOHA and welcome to the best of Hawai'i!

The Big Island is so diverse it is like a microcosm of Earth. Because most of the world’s climate zones are found here, it's possible to go from dry and sun-drenched beaches with warm ocean waters, to the lush vegetation and waterfalls of a tropical rainforest, to frigid temperatures in a high alpine polar climate, all in a single day! This island gem has something for everyone.

The stunning beauty, warmth and charm of Hawai'i Island make this tropical paradise a dream vacation destination. We will help make your next Hawai'i vacation the trip of a lifetime. Enjoy the dramatic scenery, the energy, the history and an endless array of fun, unique activities. 

Pololu Valley

Hawai'i Island is geologically unique, made up of five volcanoes. Three of these volcanoes are "active". With the ongoing eruption of Kilauea Volcano, the Big Island continues to grow. And Mauna Kea is the tallest volcano in the world, towering more than 33,000 feet (10,000 meters) above the ocean floor.

Mauna Kea sunset

Everywhere there is rich evidence of native culture. Feel the aura of the Hawaiian ancestors who landed here more than a thousand years ago.  Explore well-preserved villages, temples, and other pieces of their past, lending insight into an ancient way of life.

Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park

High school students are invited to join our student travel adventures and Hawai'i summer camp. VOYAGES Student Travel is an educational and unimaginably fun tropical adventure exploring the fascinating natural wonders and historical sites of Hawai'i Island. VOYAGES will change your life. 

Discovery and Adventure

Best Big Island beaches

Beautiful Beaches

The coastline of the Island is both pristine and rugged. While the calm, clear ocean laps gently along soft white sand beaches, not far away waves crash unrelentingly against a lava cliff coastline. The best Big Island beaches include the unique Papakolea Green Sand Beach and Punalu'u Black Sand Beach

Active volcanoes in Hawaii


As the youngest and largest of the Hawaiian islands, the Big Island grows larger every day. Five Hawai'i Island volcanoes include Kilauea, one of the most active volcanoes on earth; Mauna Loa, the most massive mountain on the planet; and Mauna Kea, tallest mountain in the world. Be sure to visit Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park.

Hawaii attractions

Natural Attractions

Hawai'i Island is home to 14 State Parks, Monuments & Recreation Areas, seven National Parks & National Historic Sites, plus spectacular waterfalls, deep coastal valleys, black, white & green sand beaches. Humpback Whales, Spinner & Bottlenose Dolphins, Manta Rays & Green Sea Turtles (Honu) call Hawai'i home. 

Big Island activities

Activities and Things To Do

Unique lava & coral reefs, stunningly clear ocean, and a remarkable variety of sea life make this the best snorkeling and diving playground in all Hawaii. With great surfing, kayaking, boogie boarding, stand up paddle boarding, sport fishing, horseback riding, atv tours and so much more, there's something fun for everyone.

Hiking in Hawaii

Hiking the Big Island

Hiking in Hawai'i offers impressive views and great scenery; shoreline trails, deep volcanic craters, valleys along the remote north coast, even hikes around the Kilauea volcano. The Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail traverses 175 miles of dramatic coastline, connecting to many great Hawai'i beaches.

Plan Your Vacation

Big Island travel

Getting Around the Island

Be sure to book your rental car well in advance. The airport has been known to run out of cars, especially during holidays and other busy travel times. We have Hawai'i rental car options for cruise ship passengers as well, motorcycle and bicycle rentals, airport shuttle services and island-wide bus service.

Hotels Big Island Hawaii

Lodging - Big Island Hotels & Resorts

Get the best rates on hotels and find the perfect accommodations to fit your style. There are many options around the island, including luxury resorts and hotels with the best beaches along the Kohala coast north of Kailua-Kona, great hotels in Hilo and Kona, plus B&B's and hidden gems in other areas around the island.

Restaurants In Hawaii

Best Restaurants

From fine dining to the best 100% Hawai'i Island beef burger to our favorite natural foods store, we can help. You will find a remarkable selection of international flavors and a wide variety of Big Island restaurants, nearly 500 to choose from across the Island. Already have a favorite? Share your own experience with our readers.

Getting to the Big Island

Best Flights To Hawaii

Flights to Hawai'i

Everything you need to know to find the best flights to Hawai'i Island. With some advance planning and a bit of flexibility, your flight doesn't have to put a hole in your pocketbook.

Hawaii Island Cruise

Hawai'i Island Cruise

Whether it's a cruise around the Hawaiian Islands or a sail across the Pacific, cruise ships offer a fun and scenic alternative for traveling to Hawai'i. Cruise ships sail to Hawai'i Island from Honolulu, San Francisco, Long Beach, Los Angeles, San Diego, Ensenada, MX and Vancouver, BC.

Come explore with us!

Stay awhile, both here on our site and during your next vacation to magnificent Hawai'i. But be careful: you may never want to leave!

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