Looking for a larger than life holiday? Welcome to Hawaii. Stay on the Big Island; true to its name it is larger than all the other Hawaiian Islands combined and it packs plenty into in its accommodating space for pleasure and adventure seekers. Book a hotel here and you can witness lava pouring into the cobalt ocean from the highly active volcano or experience eight of the world’s 13 climate zones, including lava deserts, lush jungles, idyllic valleys, multi-coloured sand beaches, snow-capped mountains and more life and beauty than you could ever imagine beneath the waves. Get out there and explore!
East Hawaii – Often referred to as Hilo, after its major city, the windward side of the island gets the most of the rain but this means it offers eucalyptus forests, lush tropical vegetation and rainforests to discover. Take in the waterfalls, hike through the rainforests and enjoy the space.
West Hawaii - Over on the leeward side of the island, the weather is warmer and watersports are the name of the game. The calm waters are excellent for learning to surf, snorkelling, swimming, canoe trips, scuba diving and a soul-stirring spot of whale or dolphin watching.
Kohala - The northwest of the island is where the manicured pleasures of perfect golf club greens, pamper pad resorts and luxury hotels can be found. Here you’ll find lively nightlife, great dining options and the delightful contrast between the civilised gardens and greens and the imposing black, volcanic cliffs that lie just beyond.
Hamakua – Take to the air to enjoy the stunning sight of the gentle, rolling hills coming to an abrupt stop as they meet the majestic cliffs of the coast. A helicopter ride is a must to take in the full beauty of the waterfalls created here. If you’d rather stay on the ground you can take a hike or horse ride through the Waipio Valley to the amazing black beaches nearby. All this is available from your hotel in Hamakua.
Puna – Just south of Hilo is where the volcano is currently most active. Book hotel close to here and you can get up close and personal on a walk across the black crust of newly-formed volcanic earth and, if you are up for a strenuous hike, you will even see the red hot-falls pouring into the steaming sea.
From the elemental to the civilised - sights abound on the Big Island. At Hulihee Palace, the former retreat of the royal court is filled with personal artefacts from the royal family of years past. Equally ancient, yet of another dimension altogether, is the sheer might of nature on display by a hike on, or flight over, the volcano that dominates the island’s skyline. Similarly the delightful Botanical Garden of Hilo and elsewhere on the island are a must-see sight alongside the less-tamed nature on display at the Akaka Falls. For beach lovers the sunsets are easy on the eyes but there are also the black sand beaches, white sand beaches and even green sand beaches to explore.
From distant stars to submarine life - the Big Island is awash with activities. Mauna Kea offers one of the best sites in the world for telescopes and there are plenty of opportunities for the public to enjoy the views. Opportunities to swim, surf, snorkel and scuba dive are plentiful in the warm waters and amidst the colourful coral. If you’d rather stay dry how about a hike through Waipio Valley, to the Greens Sands Beach or in the Volcano National Park? Or, perhaps, take everything the island has to offer in on a helicopter tour? Go on, be brave: a doors-off helicopter lets you feel the heat from that lava!