To avoid confusion between this island and the state of Hawaii (the entire group of islands), Hawaii Island which is twice as large as all the other islands combined, was nicknamed Big Island. Most of the native Hawaiians still call it by it's traditional name, but both are acceptable. Covering 4,000 sq miles, it is roughly half the size of Wales and is the most geographically diverse, with eleven of the earth's thirteen different climates. You'll be in awe of the pre-historic black lava desert plains, waterfalls, rainforest, the world's most active volcano and, believe it or not, snow-capped mountains.
The western side of the island is the driest in the region whilst the east coast is rugged, the seas are rougher and tropical rainforest, ravines and waterfalls dot the landscape.
Volcanoes National Park, located 30 miles southwest of Hilo is simply a holiday must. Kilauea, officially the world’s most active volcano, produces enough lava to resurface a twenty mile, two-lane road daily. Pele the Fire Goddess is one of the most revered in Hawaiian mythology and is said to reside here. She is a goddess of fire, lightning, dance, wind, volcanoes and violence and the creator of the Hawaiian Islands. As you can imagine, this area is considered a sacred place for Native Hawaiians and visitors can witness something extraordinary.
Hawaiian Tropical Treats - Four Island Medley
Hawaii Island Hopping Holiday - The Mega Mix
UnCruise Hawaii - Small Ship Sailing
Heavenly Hawaiian Hideaways
Small Hotels and Inns of Hawaii - Island Hopping Adventure
California Coast and Heavenly Hawaii
Las Vegas and Waikiki Beach - Two Centre
Las Vegas, Hawaiian Islands Cruise and Santa Monica
Hawaii Four Island Adventure - Trafalgar Escorted Tour
Hawaiian Discovery - A Trafalgar Escorted Tour
Best of Hawaii - Trafalgar Escorted Tour
Mauna Kea Summit and Stargazing
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Merrie Monarch Hula Festival
Famous movies filmed on the Hawaiian Islands
Hawaii Grand Circle Island (H1)
Volcano Adventure (H2)
Evening at Kahua Ranch Sunset Dinner [HKR]
Where you stay is the heart of your holiday. Location reigns supreme but do you prefer resort facilities or unique and boutique? Historic and old world or modern and shiny?
We aim to present choices across the spectrum but there are many hundreds of places to stay and not room to feature them all. Do speak to your Bon Voyage travel consultant and click the video for our take on this important topic.
We would rate the Bellagio as one of the best hotels we have ever stayed in. Fabulous, glitzy, exciting. We loved having breakfast at the poolside café... one of our best experiences ever. If it hadn't been for you we wouldn't have had the suite or cabana and we loved them. We both agreed that the hotel was the best for us and you had suggested that so well done!Leonore & Mike Rumford