Hawaii’s Big Island at a Glance
Hawaii is both the biggest island in the Hawaiian Island chain and the youngest. Its terrain is varied and vast, with exceptional outdoor adventure opportunities. Hike through volcanic craters, swim with graceful sea creatures, ride through paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) country or surf the waves of a black sand beach. You’ll find all of this and so much more on the Big Island.
Not to be missed Of all the attractions and outdoor experiences available in the Big Island, these are some of the favourites:
- Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, home to 2 of the 3 active Hawaiian volcanoes.
- Punaluu Black Sand Beach.
- Hiking in Waipio Valley, known as the Valley of the Kings.
- Mookini Heiau State Monument, King Kamehameha’s birth site.
- Waimea, home to paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy).
- Alaska Falls, an awesome 442-foot waterfall.
- Swimming with manta rays in Kona.
- Tsunami Museum.
Uniquely Hawaii’s Big Island The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has been declared both a World Biosphere site and World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The park is home to miles of hiking trails through volcanic craters, deserts and rainforests as well as a walk-in lava tube and two active volcanoes: Maunaloa and Kilauea. Maunaloa last erupted in 1984 and Kilauea has been erupting since January 3rd, 1983. With the chance to witness an eruption, this park is the most visited attraction on the Big Island, one of the top attractions in all of the Hawaiian Islands and a sacred place for Native Hawaiians.
Good to know about Hawaii’s Big Island Don’t overlook the small Practical Details when travelling to the largest of Hawaii’s islands, the Big Island:
- Climate: The Big Island’s climate is diverse, with everything from Wet Tropical to Polar Tundra. In general, the average summer temperature high is 29.4°C and the average winter temperature high is 25.6°C.
- City Transportation: The large cities have public buses, and some scheduled coaches run between areas of the island. However, the most convenient way to explore the Big Island is through a car rental.
- Accommodation: From romantic retreats to sprawling resorts, the Big Island has it all. See Hawaii’s Big Island hotels for more information.
- Eating Out: The Big Island has it all, from traditional comfort food to award winning Hawaiian Regional Cuisine. No matter you choose to dine on, finish each meal off with a cup of the World-famous Kona coffee.
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