A warm ALOHA welcome to Hawaii! The Big Island's stunning beauty, warmth and charm make this tropical paradise a dream travel vacation destination. With so much dramatic scenery and an endless array of unique activities, there is much to enjoy. We will help make your next Hawaii vacation the trip of a lifetime.
Hawaii Island is truly special, full of natural wonders and showcasing a diversity of land and ocean features like nowhere else on earth. Boasting 10 of the world’s 12 climate zones, 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! In fact the Big Island is so diverse it has been called a microcosm of Earth itself. This magical gem has something for everyone.
The Island is also geologically unique and continuing to grow, made up of 5 volcanoes, 3 of which are "active". Mauna Kea, 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 Hawaii beaches, we share all the best including the unique Papakolea green sand beach and Punalu'u black sand beach.
No trip to Hawaii would be complete without exploring the fascinating volcanoes, and in particular Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Of the five volcanoes on the Island, Mauna Loa is the most massive mountain on the planet, Kilauea is one of the most active volcanoes on earth, and Mauna Kea is the tallest mountain in the world (from the sea floor). We’ll visit them all.
Hawaii Parks and Other Attractions
Big Island attractions are as diverse as the landscape. 14 Hawaii State Parks, Monuments & Recreation Areas, 7 National Parks & National Historic Sites, spectacular rainforest waterfalls, deep coastal valleys, black & even green sand beaches, and an amazing variety of native flowers, plants and animals, provide endless opportunities to explore!
Fun For the Entire Family
Longing to swim with dolphins or see whales in the wild? Humpback Whales, Spinner & Bottlenose Dolphins, Manta Rays and even Green Sea Turtles (Honu) call Hawaii home. Tour a seahorse farm, visit the animals at Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo, study the stars at 'Imiloa Astronomy Center, or enjoy a traditional Hawaiian luau. With so much to see and do, be sure to plan ahead!
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.
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.
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, luxury resorts along the coast north of Kailua-Kona, plus 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 restaurants, nearly 500 to choose from across the Island. Already have a favorite? Share your own experience with our readers.
Flights To The Big Island
Everything you need to know to find the best flights to Hawaii! With some advance planning and a bit of flexibility, your flight doesn't have to put a hole in your pocketbook.
Hawaii Island Cruises
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 the Big Island from Honolulu, Ensenada, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Vancouver.
Stay awhile, both here on our site and during your next vacation to magnificent Hawaii. But be careful: you may never want to leave!