Big Island – Best of the Island

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park


The isle of Hawaii takes adventure to the next level. Everything here seems bigger than life—including the island itself, affectionately known as the “Big Island.” Quaint plantation villages, crystalline bays and waterfall-streaked coastlines lead inland to some of the world’s most active volcanoes, making the Big Island a one-of-a-kind destination.

We offer our top-of-the-top Big Island highlights right here—the places you’ve simply got to get out and experience during your stay on the island. Then check out our PERFECT ITINERARIES, packed with every type of activity to help you craft the perfect Big Island vacation plan.


  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. One of the world’s most unusual landscapes, the park includes active volcanoes, steaming craters, giant lava tubes and iridescent fields of hardened black lava stretching to deep-blue ocean.
  • Hilo. Gateway to Puna to the south and Hamakua Coast to the north, the old banyan trees shading Banyan Drive along the waterfront and its Hilo Bay hotels best reflect the city’s
    time-warp charm along with nearby Liliuokalani Gardens, the largest formal Japanese garden outside of Tokyo.
  • Kealakekua Bay. Sail along the Kona Coast to Kealakekua Bay, a crystalline marine preserve teeming with sea life and perfect for snorkeling.
  • Kohala Coast. Along a 20-mile stretch of Hawaii’s Kohala Coast, 11 luxury resorts and championship golf courses are intermingled with historic sites and adjoin some of the best beaches in Hawaii, including  Mauna Kea, Hapuna, and Waialea.
  • The Hamakua Coast. This lush and curvaceous coastline drive includes waterfalls, spectacular valley views and old plantation villages.


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