The Big Island (officially named Hawaii) is the largest island in the United States' Hawaiian archipelago in the Central Pacific.
Its diverse terrain spans from tropical sand beaches, large lava rock fields, lush rainforest, rushing rivers and waterfalls, the most active volcano on earth, and snowy cap high mountains at winter.
Unique to the Big Island is the world-famous Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where you can find 2 active volcanoes, Kilauea and Mauna Loa.
We visited the Big Island at Dec. 2021, during the Covid 19 pandemic, for 6 days.
This was our first visit at Big Island. We enjoy it very much even though we had several rainy days during our stay, especially when we went to visit the east south side of the island.
On top of the “classic” and expected Hawaiian weather and beach’s activities, the Big Island has a lot more to offer for people that like nature, hiking, adventures, and outdoors.
The Big Island offers yellow sand beach for relaxation, coral snorkeling experience with tropical jungles, countless impressive waterfalls, secluded jungle valleys and to visit one the most active volcano in the world.
You can combine a half day trip to a nature destination, or if you like ATV/Zipline adventure with half day relax beach activity, you also have few recommended options to dedicate a full day for nature day-trip.
Link to other Big Islands Blog posts:
- Kauai - Island Visit and Trip Planning
- Maui – Overview, Visit Planning and Tips
- Big Island – Beaches, Northwest Ocean Shore
- Big Island - Waterfalls at Wailuku River State Park
- Big Island – Pepeekeo Maikai Scenic Route
- Big Island – Driving North of Hilo, Northeastern Ocean Shoreline
- Big Island - Akaka Falls State Park
- Big Island - Waipi'o Valley
- Big Island - Pololū Valley
- Big Island – Drive through the island central high section
- Big Island - Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park