The Island of Hawaii’s nickname The Big Island is due to the fact it is the largest island of the United States with a surface area greater than that of all the other Hawaiian Islands combined, almost twice the size in fact! Split into six main regions you can travel through all but four of the world’s different climate zones; Hamakua Coast, Hilo, Kau, Kona, Kohala and Puna. It’s also the most volcanically active of all the Hawaiian Islands with the Kilauea volcano being one of the most active volcanoes in the world and The Big Island’s number one tourist attraction. Surrounded by 266 miles of incredible coastline with white sand beaches, black sand beaches and green sand beaches, the Island of Hawaii is home to stunning coral reefs teaming with inhabitants of all shapes, sizes and colours.
There’s a whole range of activities to explore from hiking and biking to diving and fishing or simply sit under a palm tree or bathe under a waterfall. It’s almost impossible to fit everything in during your visit with beaches, golf, activities and breathtaking sights to see. You can visit a range of different climates whilst exploring, from lush forests, rugged lava plains, dry heat and snowy mountains; The Big Island has it all and more. The island is built from five separate volcanoes: Kohala, MaunaKea, Hualalai, Mauna Loa and Kilauea with MaunaKea being the tallest sea mountain in the world, 33,000 feet taller than Mt Everest when measured from the ocean floor. Kilauea is located in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and is the most famous as it has been erupting continuously since 1983. It is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and visited by millions of tourists every year.
Beaches on The Big Island are diverse with white, black and green sand; the favourites are Hapuna and Mauna Kea beach (white sand), Punalu’u beach (black sand with turtles), Papakolea (green sand), here’s a rundown for reference:
The most famous black sand beach in Hawaii is Punalu’u beach, great for swimming, snorkelling and watching turtles enjoying life.
Mauna Kea beach is a gorgeous great family beach, perfect for sun worshippers and snorkelling too.
Papakolea beach is one of only two green sand beaches in the USA (the green part is made from lava and crystals) and Hapuna Beach is consistently voted one of Hawaii’s best beaches; a firm favourite.
Carlsmith Beach Park hosts vast lagoons with sea turtles and Onekahakaha Beach Park features a small, shallow sand-bottomed ocean pool perfect for family snorkelling with lovely views of Hilo Bay.
Honolii Beach Park is a favourite spot for surfers. Anaehoomalu Bay hosts rental kayaks, hydro bikes, body boards, scuba and snorkelling with picnic facilities, toilets and parking and the largest white sand beach on the island is the renowned Hapuna Beach Park. It doesn’t end here, there’s many stunning beaches to explore it’s a beach lovers paradise.
There’s an abundance of local restaurants, farmers markets and supermarkets to sample local food which is simply delicious.
The Big Island is famous for its Kona coffee so book a tour and see how it’s made and there are locally produced micro brews plus plenty of tempting menus when dining out.