Hawaii, known as ‘Big Island’ to avoid confusion, has to be seen to be believed. This awesome land is famous for Volcanoes National Park, home to Kilauea – one of the world's most active volcanoes; the sacred Mauna Kea – earth's highest sea mountain; and Mauna Loa – the largest volcano on earth, surrounded by an ever-growing lunar-like landscape of lava flow.
- Big Island's main attraction is the incredible Volcanoes National Park – home to Kilauea, currently the world’s most active volcano
- Thsis is is one of the best locations in the world for stargazing
- You can easily combine a stay on Big Island with time on one or more of the state’s other islands
- Visit the Pu'ukoholā Heiau National Historic Site, where you'll find an Ancient Hawaii temple and a collection of other ruins
- Hire a car to explore – a drive along the Humakua Coast is a must, taking in coastal vistas, waterfalls and plantation towns
Best time to visit The Island Of Hawaii
• Hawaii enjoys a good climate all year, especially in coastal areas with warm seas.
• Summer (April to November) is warmer and drier while winter (December to March) is a bit cooler.
• Whale-watching season is from late December to early May, with peak whale-watching between January and early April.
• Hawaii's north shores enjoy a big surfing season from November to Feburary.
The Island Of Hawaii holiday highlights
Wander along the 150 miles of hiking trails that wind their way through the volcanic landscape; and hike through the undisturbed Thurston Lava Tube, once passed through by a river of red-hot lava and today a spectacular walking route. On the slopes of Mauna Kea, which is twice as high as Mount Everest base-to-peak, enjoy some of the world's best stargazing opportunities thanks to the altitude, the absence of light pollution and regularly clear skies. Astronomy buffs will also love the Onizuka Center for International Astronomy Visitor Information Station.
On Big Island you’ll also find a wealth of watersports, world-class golf courses and important historical and cultural sites. Highlights include the Pu'uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park on the Kona Coast, the Kealakekua Bay Historical District – the site of Captain Cook's unfortunate demise – and the Pu'ukoholā Heiau National Historic Site, which is the site of an Ancient Hawaii temple and a collection of other ruins.