It takes time to explore the Big Island's stunning landscapes, but the rewards are spectacular. Hawaii’s largest island has more than 250 miles of coast from Kona to Hilo and beyond, lined with incredible beaches, elegant resorts, coffee farms, rain forests, and waterfalls. History and culture resonate everywhere, from Kealakekua Bay, Captain Cook’s landing site and modern-day snorkeling haven, to the rugged Valley of Kings near Waipio. Above it all, snowcapped Mauna Kea contrasts with fiery Mauna Loa, the centerpiece of popular Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
- Hawaii Volcanoes National Park The world's most active volcano is an amazing sight.
- Fun Towns Humming Kailua-Kona, cowboy country Waimea, rainbow-streaked Hilo.
- Stargazing Mauna Kea's peak is the best place on Earth to stare out into space.
- Beaches The Big Island offers sand in many shades—black, white, or even green.
- Wildlife You can watch sea turtles on the beach or humpback whales in the waves.
- Kona Coffee Farm tours, smooth sips, and a coffee cultural festival are all memorable.