The island of Hawaii is referred to as the “Big Island”, in order to distinguish it from the state which also bears the same name. The island is double the size of all the rest of the Hawaiian islands put together and its vastness can be awe-inspiring. Its diversity is evident in that it houses all the climatic zones of the world except two, within its shores.
The island of Hawaii in the Hawaiian chain is the largest and youngest island. The island has something to offer for all adventure enthusiasts. You can indulge in diving and snorkeling with the manta rays, go to Waimea for horseback riding or visit Kona coast for sailing. You can also visit the historic park, Puuhonua o Honaunau where you can interact with a cultural expert.
Explore Big Island
The Hawaii Island, spanning 4,028 sq. miles, boasts of many natural wonders. Among them are the world’s highest sea mountain, Maunakea, the world’s biggest mountain, Maunaloa and one of the world’s volcanoes regarded as highly active, Kilauea.
Big Island’s Cuisine
Hawaii is famous for the Hawaii Regional Cuisine started by 12 of the best Hawaii chefs in 1991. It is a culinary exercise that blends the world’s cuisine with Hawaii’s varied, ethnic flavors. The hallmark of the Hawaii Regional Cuisine is the use of the most natural farm-bred ingredients. These include vegetables and fruits obtained through volcanic soil and cattle reared on the upland pastures. The region of Waimea features upcountry pasturelands where grass-fed lamb and beef are grown.
Activities in Big Island
Hawaii Island offers a range of activities for the discerning traveller. The town of Hilo features the Merrie Monarch Festival, the world’s major hula event, held from March to April. Hilo also house several galleries and museums featuring the works of local sculptors, painters and musicians.
Liliuokalani Gardens has many Japanese bridges for kids as well as adults to run over. You can walk along the Kohala Coast to see ancient petroglyphs etched into stone at various sites. Family friendly beaches and parks offer a number of outdoor activities including snorkeling and diving. Learn about paniolo or Hawaiian cowboys and visit Kahua Ranch in Waimea for a wagon ride.
You can go sightseeing and window-shopping in Kailua-Kona, the art and coffee town of beautiful Kailua-Kona. Visit the Hamakua Heritage Corridor for a road journey or roam the streets of Downtown Hilo. On the Kohala Coast, you can tee off at one of the many breathtaking golf courses.