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Plan Your Big Island Vacation

Nicknamed the Big Island, Hawaii the island is a microcosm of Hawaii the state. From long white-sand beaches and crystal-clear bays to rain forests, waterfalls, luau, exotic flowers, and birds, all things quintessentially Hawaiian are well represented here.


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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Catch the lava fireworks at night and explore newly made land, lava tubes, steam vents, and giant craters.
  2. Waipio Valley Experience a real-life secret garden, the remote spot known as the Valley of Kings.
  3. Kealakekua Bay Double Feature Kayak past spinner dolphins to the Captain Cook Monument, then go snorkeling along the fabulous coral reef.
  4. The Heavens Stargaze through gigantic telescopes on snow-topped Mauna Kea.
  5. Hidden Beaches Discover one of the Kohala Coast's lesser-known gems.

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When to Go to the Big Island

Long days of sunshine and fairly mild year-round temperatures make Hawaii an all-seasons destination. Most resort areas are at sea level, with...

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