The Orchid Isle

Big Island

From the snow capped summit of Mauna Kea to the molten lava of the Kilauea volcano, the rugged landscape of the Hawaii’s largest isle combines the best of Hawaii from the coasts to the valleys.

Officially known as “The Island of Hawaii,” but more popularly known as the Big Island, Hawaii’s youngest island boasts ten of the world’s 14 climate zones so you can experience tropical monsoons and glacial winters all in the same day. Spanning 4,028 square miles (10,430 km2) and holding the titles as the largest island and the most southern point of the United States, as well as being 63% of the Hawaiian archipelago’s combined landmass, the vast expanse of the Big Island offers unbelievable scenic locales and unforgettable activities.

The black sand beaches glisten like a sea of obsidian, Mauna Kea offers some of the best stargazing in the world, Hilo town will give you a taste of hold Hawaii, the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park will get you safely close to an active volcano, the Waipio Valley is a verdant wonderland that was once the home to Hawaiian royalty, expansive ranch lands offer adventurers ATV and horseback rides, marine sanctuaries are home to some of the world’s best snorkeling, and for those seeking luxury and relaxation, some of the finest resorts can be found in Waikoloa. No matter what you seek, the Big Island will have the answer.

Win a Free Whale Watching Cruise

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December 14, 2018 Top Whale Watching Tours in Hawaii

Top Whale Watching Tours in Hawaii

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Kilauea Iki Crater, Hiking in the Nature, Hawaii

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New Year's Eve in Hawaii

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Humpback Whale Watching in Hawaii

Humpback Whale Watching in Hawaii

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Halloween 2017 in Hawaii: Waikiki, Lahaina, & Everywhere Else

Halloween 2017: Waikiki, Lahaina, & Everywhere Else

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Volcanoes National Park

Flying above Volcanoes National Park

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Into the Volcano: Where Lava Meets the Sea

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Don's Mai Tai Fest 2017 at Royal Kona Resort

Don’s Mai Tai Fest 2017 at Royal Kona Resort

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The 9th Annual Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Festival

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Getting around in Hawaii

Getting Around in Hawaii

Here are the best transportation options for visitors to Hawaii, no matter where you'll be staying and what you plan to do in the islands.

Island of Hawaii: Travel Pono
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