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Visitor Info & Top Things to Do on Hawaii's Big Island

The Big Island is not to be missed, so to help make your Hawaiian dreams a reality, we have assembled all the essentials you'll need right here. The Big Island of Hawaii seems determined to break the norm; the stereotype of the average tropical island, that is. Here you'll find the ongoing battle between green forests, black lava fields, the ocean, and the rain almost incomprehensible; the diversity is simply stunning. You may find yourself wondering, "Is this an ancient landscape or a future one?"

On the Big Island, it's always best to expect the unexpected. Even the beaches don't follow the rules here. It's almost easier to find a black sand beach than a white one, and if you're adventurous enough, you can even sink your toes into one of the world's few green sand beaches. Snorkeling with Manta Rays in the Kona area and touring the island's volcanoes are just a few of the tops things you should look into while visiting the Big Island of Hawaii.

Everything you need to know about the Big Island of Hawaii is here in one convenient place:

Big Island Top Attractions

Favorite Big Island Things to Do

All of the Big Island of Hawaii is fascinating and worth a visit. However, some Big Island attractions are significantly more popular because they offer an experience that truly captures the magical essence of the state's largest island. Most Inspirational, Must-See, Top Picks, Best of the Big Island... no matter what you label them, you absolutely must witness these attractions for yourself.

Best Beaches on the Big Island

Big Island Beach Guide

The Big Island offers up not only some of the loveliest beaches in the state but also some of the most varied. Though the Big Island may be the newest island in the chain and has the fewest major beaches, the island still has some of the best beaches in the world.

Here you'll find everything from enchanting green sand and black sand beaches, family-friendly beach spots, and rugged and remote beaches for the adventurous types.

In our Big Island Beaches Guide, we'll go over the top 10 beaches on the Big Island, and also include links where you can explore every beach on the island by region.

Best Things to See on the Big Island

Big Island Sights Guide

To say the Big Island is bursting with some of the best and most popular sights and attractions in Hawaii is certainly an understatement.

Tour otherworldly volcanic landscapes; marvel at the beautiful waterfalls, lovely parks, and botanical gardens; or stop by the museums and cultural centers.

You can even commune with the stars on the world's tallest mountain (measuring from the seafloor to summit).  In our Big Island Things to See Guide, we'll show you the best landmarks and natural wonders the Big island has to offer, starting with our top 10.

Best Hikes on the Big Island

Big Island Hiking Trails Guide

Green sand beaches, gardens, rainforests, waterfalls, volcanoes, petroglyphs- this and so much more awaits you on the Big Island's incredible trails. 

The Big Island has some of the best hiking trails in all of Hawaii; whether you're a hard-core trekker or just want to stroll and admire the scenery.

Included in our Big Island Hiking Guide are a few of our favorite Big Island excursions, sorted by the top hikes and additionally by region, to get you started. 

Big Island Regions Guide

We say the Big Island is 'big'- and we mean it! It is an island of such proportions that all of the other islands in the main Hawaiian chain could fit inside it twice. Sitting in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, the landmass of the Big Island is approximately the same size as the state of Connecticut, about 4,050 square miles, and is still growing daily thanks to Kilauea Volcano on the eastern coast of the island.

With so many different climate zones and vastly different landscapes to explore, it can be hard to decide which part of the island to visit. Browse the regions below and learn about the many things to do, what to expect, and the diverse attractions of the island.

Big Island Regions Guide

Big Island Visitor Information

Travel Tips for Hawaii's Big Island

The Big Island of Hawaii is the third most popular Hawaiian island among visitors, hosting over 1.5 to 1.7 million travelers annually. Often called the "Big Island" to help distinguish it from the 1,500-mile-long archipelago with which it shares its name, Hawaii, the Big Island has certainly earned its nickname. Sitting in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, the landmass of the Big Island is approximately the same size as the state of Connecticut, about 4,050 sq. miles and still growing regularly thanks to Kilauea Volcano on the eastern coast of the island. Composed of five major volcanoes, the island is the youngest in the Hawaiian chain with origins dating back some 800,000 years to the present day.

The Big Island of Hawaii, of course, is the largest landmass in the Hawaiian island chain- which consists of eight major islands and 124 islets. The archipelago is made up of numerous volcanic islands in the central Pacific Ocean stretching in a 1,500-mile crescent from Kure Island in the northwest to the Big Island of Hawaii in the east, encompassing an area of 6,459 square miles. The eight major islands at the eastern end of the chain are, from west to east, Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe, Maui, and the Big Island of Hawaii.

Big Island of Hawaii Vacation Guide

Explore Hawaii's Big Island by Topic

Often called the "Big Island" (or "Big I") to help distinguish it from the 1,500-mile-long archipelago with which it shares its name- Hawaii- the Big Island has undoubtedly earned its moniker.
The Big Island offers visitors an incredible, diverse, and expansive variety of things to both see and do.

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