Hawaii: big on experiences
Big Island, Hawaii is larger than all the state’s islands combined and is also the youngest – but it really does have it all. It supports 11 of the 13 major world climate zones as well as cosmopolitan bustle, natural beauty, and tourist bounty, plus gastronomical excellence. If it comes to choosing a Hawaiian island holiday and you don’t know where to start, this is probably the one for you. There’s a mix of rainforest, beaches and the world’s most active volcanoes and lava fields as well as unique activities like manta ray night diving and stargazing.
There’s golf, luxury resorts and well-being spas, authentic Hawaiian paniolos (cowboys) around Waimea, and home-grown coffee to get you through every fun-packed day. In the main city of Hilo, visit vibrant farmers’ markets, art museums, street-side cafés for people-watching, shops, and even a rainforest zoo. It’s also the perfect base for a visit to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to see three of the state’s most stunning volcanoes.
It’s easy to see why some claim Big Island is the best island in Hawaii. For those that can tear themselves away from the volcanoes, the black sand of Kona’s beaches is an instant draw or for more traditional barefoot beaching, Kohala offers pure white sand and world class golf. If you want to experience more of the island’s natural beauty, head to the Hamakua coast and indulge in waterfalls, lush forests and seaside panoramas.