Big Island at a Glance
The main island of Hawaii is otherwise known as Big Island, and makes up over a half of the state. Sitting in the North Pacific Ocean it is a striking volcanic island with some phenomenal views and truly idyllic scenery.
You’ll Love Big Island If…
- You are looking for a breathtaking Hawaiian beach holiday destination.
- You’re part of a couple looking for a romantic escape.
- You want a family-friendly USA holiday destination with plenty to see and do to keep everyone occupied.
Explore Big Island
Whether you want a lively break in the city or a beachside retreat, a holiday in Big Island has it covered. It is an extremely diverse landscape, with volcanic lava, lush rainforests, stunning varied beaches, clear azure waters and vibrant, colourful underwater marine worlds.
- Hawaii’s Big Island is home to the most active volcano in the world, which can be found in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and is considered a sacred pace by the island’s inhabitants.
- It is in this park that you will discover some of the island’s indigenous species of flora, fauna and if you’re lucky, wildlife. Being of the most isolated groups of islands on the planet, Hawaii’s lands are home to some rare natural sights that you will not see anywhere else.
- The beaches differ tremendously across the island, even in general appearance. The black sandy beaches formed with volcanic sand include Kehena Beach and Punalu’u Beach. Kehaka Kai is a white sand beach and epitomises what most see in their desert island dreams. There is even green sand beach at South Point, one of the more original sights on the island.
Attractions and Activities in Big Island
- Visit Hilo, the island’s capital is where you can encounter some culture in its museums and galleries. The Pacific Tsunami Museum is worth seeing, which is a memorial to the people lost during two devastating tsunamis that hit the island in 1946 and 1960.
- It is well worth grabbing a snorkel and a pair of goggles during your holiday to Big Island. With a long viewing range you can see the very best in marine a life of fish and turtles, and if you want to delve further you can always take some diving lessons.
- There are a variety of ways to see this beautiful island, whether you want to continue a restful stay or kick it up a notch with some physical activity. Those travelling with children will love the opportunity to take a horseback tour, getting an accurate feel for the island and covering a lot of ground.
- If you really want an experience with a difference, head to the skies and take a helicopter tour on your Big Island holiday. Hover above the Kilauea volcano with the best view possible, there is even one tour in particular that lets you ride in a helicopter with no doors, bringing you the closest you could ever hope to be to some live lava.
Find out more about holidays to Hawaii by checking out the other islands: Kauai, Maui and Oahu.