Offically Hawaii Island, it is often called 'Big Island' to help distinguish it from the archipelago with which it shares its name, and at twice the size of the other islands combined, it's an apt name! Home to almost all of the earth's natural ecological zones: beaches, rainforests, coral reefs, mountain tops, lava wastelands and volcanoes, Big Island is a great place to visit.
Visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and you can watch the landscape change before your very eyes. This is the home of Kilauea volcano, one of the most active volcanoes on earth, as well as 150 miles of hiking trails through volcanic craters, scalded deserts and rainforests.
After the heat of the volcanoes, where better to cool off than an enchanting waterfall. Wailuku River State Park is home to the 80 foot Waianuenue, also known as Rainbow Falls, or head north to the Hamakua Heritage Corridor and stop at Akaka State Falls Park.
Big Island also features some of the most picturesque and varied beach landscapes in Hawaii, including beaches full of drama with crashing waves and others which are more tranquil. Popular options include Keauhou Bay, whose waters are perfect for snorkelling, suba diving and kayaking; Hapuna Beach with its half mile stretch of pristine golden sand and crystal blue water or Spencer Beach which is perfect for families with child-friendly swimming and a relaxed atmosphere.
Walk in the shadows of history at Keauhou, the birthplace of King Kamehameha; or head to Kealakekua Bay and see where Captain Cook was killed in a skirmish with native Hawaiians. Further cultural offerings can be found at Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park and the Historic Kailua Village.
GMT -10 hours
Kona on Big Island is a 40 minute flight from Honolulu.
Temperatures are pretty constant throughout the year and are always generally pleasant, but the rainfall does vary, with the east receiving far more rain than the west coast.
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Discover the source of Hawaii Island’s creation at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Explore cascading waterfalls, peer into Halemaumau Crater, stroll Devestation Trail and more. Available from Big Island.
From £159 including picnic lunch
Journey to the summit of Mauna Kea and watch the sun sets over the horizon. The natural, cultural history and geology will come to life through interpretive guides. Available from Big Island.
From £245 including picnic dinner