Welcome to the Big Island, Hawaii
About the Big Island, Hawaii
Hawaii Island – also known as the Big Island or the Island of Hawaii – is the island state’s largest. And it’s still growing – thanks to three active volcanoes! Two of these – Kilauea (one of the most active volcanoes in the world) and Mauna Loa – are part of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the state’s top attraction for vacation visitors.
There are two main towns on the Big Island, Hilo and Kona, and both are serviced by an international airport. They both offer excellent shopping, dining and cultural attractions you’ll want to take in at some point – along with your explorations of the island’s incredible beaches, golf courses, state parks, wildlife sanctuaries and museums. You may want to add some astronomy to your itinerary as numerous telescopes and an observatory adorn the summit of Mauna Kea, with its pristine atmospheric clarity and lack of light pollution. You’ll also find hugely diverse biodiversity spanning the island’s broad climactic zones and some stunning botanical gardens – but would you expect anything less from an island whose unofficial nickname is the “Orchid Isle”?