Warm ALOHA and welcome to the Big Island of Hawaii! We look forward to helping make your next Hawaii vacation the trip of a lifetime. Enjoy the dramatic scenery, the energy, the history and an endless array of fun, unique activities.
Hawaii Island is truly special, full of natural wonders and showcasing a diversity of land and ocean features like nowhere else on earth. In fact, the Big Island is so diverse it has been called a microcosm of Earth itself. It's stunning beauty, warmth and charm make this tropical paradise a dream travel vacation destination.
With 10 of the world’s 12 climate zones on the Island, it's possible to go from an arid, sun-drenched beach 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 magical gem has something for everyone.
The Island is also geologically unique and continuing to grow, made up of five volcanoes. Three of our Hawaii Island volcanoes are "active". Mauna Kea Volcano, the tallest mountain in the world, towers more than 33,000 feet/10,000 meters above the ocean floor.
Feel the aura of the mysterious Polynesians who landed here more than a thousand years ago as you walk through well-preserved pieces of their past. Everywhere there is rich evidence of native culture. Explore remarkably well preserved villages and temples, lending insight into an ancient way of life.
As the youngest and largest of the Hawaiian islands, the Big Island grows larger every day. The coastline is both pristine and rugged. Waves crash unrelentingly against lava cliffs, while not far away the calm ocean laps gently along a sandy beach. Speaking of beautiful Hawaii Big Island beaches, we share all the best including the unique Papakolea green sand beach and Punalu'u black sand beach.
Hawaii Island Volcanoes
No trip to Hawaii would be complete without exploring the fascinating volcanoes and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Of the five Hawaii Island volcanoes, Mauna Loa Volcano is the most massive mountain on the planet, Kilauea is one of the most active volcanoes on earth, and Mauna Kea Volcano is the tallest mountain in the world (from the sea floor). We’ll visit them all.
Hawaii Parks and Other Attractions
Opportunities to explore are endless: 14 Hawaii State Parks, Monuments & Recreation Areas. 7 National Parks & National Historic Sites. Spectacular Hawaii waterfalls, deep coastal valleys, black & even green sand beaches. Humpback Whales, Spinner & Bottlenose Dolphins, Manta Rays and even Green Sea Turtles (Honu) call Hawaii home.
Activities and Things To Do
Whether by land, sea or air, there is much to discover on Hawaii Island. Unique lava and coral reefs, the stunningly clear water, and a remarkable variety of sea life make this the best snorkeling and diving playground in Hawaii. Prefer surfing, kayaking, boogie boarding or perhaps a stand up paddle board lesson? We’ll tell you who to contact and share our favorite spots.
Great Hiking on the Island
If land activities are more your speed, check out some of the fantastic hiking trails around the island. The Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail traverses 175 miles of dramatic coastline and connects to many great Hawaii beaches. From the remote north coast to hikes around the Kilauea volcano, you will find an abundance of adventuring opportunities.
Getting Around the Island
Be sure to book your Big Island rental cars well in advance of your arrival. The airports have been known to run out of cars, particularly during holidays and other busy travel times. We’ll tell you about Hawaii rental car options for cruise ship passengers as well, plus details on motorcycle and bicycle rentals, airport shuttle services and an island-wide bus schedule.
Big Island Hawaii Hotels and Other Lodging
Finding the best accommodations to fit your style is a key part of planning the perfect Hawaii vacation. Prior to booking a room, consider your vacation objectives and where you plan to do most of your exploring. There are many great hotels in Kona and Hilo, Kohala coast hotels and luxury resorts north of Kailua-Kona, plus B&B's and hidden gems in other areas around the island.
And of course the ever-important topic of food! From fine dining to the best 100% Hawaii 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.
Flights To Hawaii
Everything you need to know to find the best flights to the Big 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
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 Hawaii. Cruise ships sail to Hawaii Island from Honolulu, San Francisco, Long Beach, Los Angeles, San Diego, Ensenada, MX and Vancouver, BC.
Stay awhile, both here on our site and during your next vacation to magnificent Hawaii. But be careful: you may never want to leave!