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Big Island Hawaii

The presence of the active 300,000-600,000-year-old Kilauea Volcano means that Big Island is constantly growing. As scalding lava spills into the comparatively cool Pacific Ocean, acres of new outcrops of land ascribe themselves to Big Island’s total landmass.

This island is also a hub for enticing eateries, and visitors are encouraged to try as much as possible of the cultural and ethnic diversity of food and beverages on offer. Sample the homegrown coffee, macadamia nuts and cacao, all organically farmed on the island’s rich volcanic soil, or try the Big Island specialties of poke fish, loco moco and po’i pudding. As you would expect from a Hawaiian island, Big Island has some incredible beaches complete with white, black and even green sand. The possibilities for activities are endless here, with water sports and night dives with manta ray being a real highlight.

Polulu Beach, Big Island, Hawaii, USA
Polulu Beach, Big Island, Hawaii, USA

Sail the Hawaiian Islands

Sail on board a boutique 36-passenger yacht, passing through remote waters to the islands of Molokai, Lanai and Maui, beginning or ending on Big Island. With a backdrop of dramatic volcanoes and marine-life-rich waters, navigate to lesser-visited sites and embark on kayak explorations of secluded coastlines.

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Roxy advised that we sail around the Hawaiian Islands, so that we could see as many of the islands as possible (including very remote ones) while getting to snorkel, kayak and meet local communities. What a perfect recommendation - our journey was a once in a lifetime experience.

Destination: Hawaii
Travel Expert: Roxy

Volcanoes National Park, Big Island, Hawaii, USA
Volcanoes National Park, Big Island, Hawaii, USA

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Big Island is home to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, an impressive protected area that encompasses two of the world’s most active volcanoes. Volcanologists flock to the Park, gripped by the insight that it offers to the origin and expansion of the Hawaiian Islands. Visitors to the National Park can also observe the rare flora and fauna that thrive in this dramatic volcanic landscape. It is possible to take a scenic drive through the park along the winding Chain of Craters Road or walk through lava tubes that open to lush rainforest.

Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, Big Island, Hawaii, USA
Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, Big Island, Hawaii, USA

Activities on Big Island

Arguably the most adventurous of all of the Hawaiian Islands, Big Island is also home to ʻAkaka Falls, the most famous waterfall in the entire archipelago. Visitors can embark on a number of hikes and looped walks around this and other nearby waterfalls. Alternatively, head out to the Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park (look out for a friendly park ranger who can give you a lesson in its pronunciation) and discover some of the best snorkelling spots that the island has to offer.

Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Four Seasons Hualalai £££££

  • USA
  • Wellness and Spa

The Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is a high-end retreat on the North Kona coast of Hawaii’s Big Island. With white-sand beaches and lush volcanic landscapes, the resort is the perfect place to get away from the normal routines. There are endless activities on offer from swimming pools to golf courses and from tennis courts to water sports. The 243 rooms are spacious and decorated with Hawaiian style influences either with views of the resort or the sea. There are plenty of dining options from a beachside Italian, a sushi and seafood restaurant or a steakhouse.

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Chalet Kilauea £££££

  • USA
  • Wellness and Spa

The Chalet Kilauea Hotel is a small lodge located in the unspoilt rainforest surrounding Volcano National Park. This area is ideal for viewing the Mauna Loa and Kilauea volcanoes, along with many other outdoor activities. With just six rooms, each individually decorated the hotel provides a comfortable experience.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Roxy Dukes

Roxy has had many adventures throughout the USA, and has a passion for exploring the spectacular National Parks. Roxy’s tip is to invest in a private guides that take you off the grid, transforming your experience of these epic landscapes.

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Sue Grimwood

I was inspired to travel south from an early age. My form teacher when I was nine made us listen to tapes from Shackleton’s expeditions, I didn’t know it at the time, but it obviously left a deep impression on my psyche.

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