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.
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.