Hawaii vacations - Big island vacation package and hotels specials Hawaii vacations big island

Hawaii vacations - Big island vacation package and hotels specials Hawaii vacations big island

The Big Island of Hawaii -- the island that lends its name to the entire 1,500-mile-long Hawaiian archipelago -- is where Mother Nature pulled out all the stops. Simply put, it's spectacular. The Big Island has it all: fiery volcanoes and sparkling waterfalls, black-lava deserts and snowcapped mountain peaks, tropical rain forests and alpine meadows, a glacial lake and miles of golden, black, and green sand beaches.

The Big Island has an unmatched diversity of terrain and climate. A 50-mile drive will take you from snowy winter to sultry summer, passing through spring or fall along the way. The island looks like the inside of a barbecue pit on one side, and a lush jungle on the other. The Big Island is the largest island in the Hawaiian chain (4,038 sq. miles -- about the size of Connecticut), the youngest (800,000 years), and the least populated (with 30 people per sq. mile). It has the nation's wettest city, the southernmost point in the United States, the world's biggest telescope, the ocean's biggest trophy marlin, and America's greatest collection of luxury resorts. It also has the highest peaks in the Pacific, the most volcanoes of any Hawaiian island, and the newest land on earth.
Five volcanoes -- one still erupting -- have created this continental island, which is growing bigger daily. At its heart is snowcapped Mauna Kea, the world's tallest sea mountain (measured from the ocean floor), complete with its own glacial lake. Mauna Kea's nearest neighbor is Mauna Loa (or "Long Mountain"), creator of one-sixth of the island; it's the largest volcano on earth, rising 30,000 feet out of the ocean floor (of course, you can see only the 13,796 ft. that are above sea level).
The Big Island is not for everyone, however. It refuses to fit the stereotype of a tropical island. Some tourists are taken aback at the sight of stark fields of lava or black-sand beaches. You must remember that it's big (expect to do lots of driving). And you may have to go out of your way if you're looking for traditional tropical beauty, such as a quintessential white-sand beach. This is the least-explored island in the Hawaiian chain, but if you're looking to get away from it all and back to nature in its most primal state, that might be the best thing of all about it. Where else can you witness fiery creation and swim with dolphins; ponder the stars from the world's tallest mountain and catch a blue marlin; downhill ski and surf the waves in a single day? You can do all this, and more, on only one island in the world: the Big Island of Hawaii.

Hawaii vacations - Big island vacation package and hotels specials Hawaii vacations big island

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Kohala Coast Area hotels                  -       Rating

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai 6
The Westin Hapuna Beach Prince 5
Hilton Waikoloa Village 6
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel 5
Mauna Lani Bay Hotel  5
The Orchid at Mauna Lani 6
Waikoloa Beach Marriott    5
Royal Kona Resort 1
The Shores at Waikoloa 4

Kailua-Kona Area hotels

King Kamehameha's Kona  2
Royal Kona Resort 1
Kona Seaside 1

Keauhou Area hotels

Aston Kona by the Sea 3
Outrigger Royal Sea Cliff Resort 3

Kanaloa At Kona

OHANA Keauhou Beach Resort 4

Hilo Area hotels

Hilo Hawaiian Hotel 2

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