Archive for April, 2012

Hawaii’s Big Island, Old Hawaiian Paradise

Thursday, April 5th, 2012


Big Island Waterfall

The big island of Hawaii has many great places to visit, volcanoes, waterfalls, pristine beaches and top resorts. Visitors will generally stay in Kona or Hilo, which are the tourist areas of the island. Here you’ll find plenty of hotels and restaurants along with entertainment facilities and shopping.  The best time of the year to visit the big Island is from the late fall through the spring. The summer months are the low season as it is hotter and more humid.


One of the main attractions of the big Island is the active volcano region which is located on the south east shore of the island. Volcanoes National Park hosts the Kilauea Volcano which is still active today and you can see flowing lava.  The Thurston lava tube is a popular visitors spot in the park. Lava flows form tubes leading from the center of the volcano towards the ocean as the outer crust hardens leaving a tunnel like tube. Crater rim drive is an 11 mile drive that circles the volcano and has several scenic views and great hiking trails.


The island also boasts several beautiful botanical Gardens, hiking trails and waterfalls for your enjoyment. Onomea Falls is located inside the lush Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden Park.  Visitors also enjoyed the Akaka Falls State Park.  This park has beautiful streams and foliage. Located in the Waipio Valley, the Hiilawe Falls are over 1200 feet tall making it the tallest waterfall in Hawaii.  In the Hilo area you’ll find Rainbow Falls State Park. The morning sunshine often creates a rainbow over the waterfall giving it its name.


The big island of Hawaii has some very unique beaches.  In addition to your typical white sandy beaches you’ll find back sand beaches and green sand beaches.  Punaluu Black Sand Beach gets its color from volcanic black sand created from waves crashing against the lava rock.  The PapaKolea Green Sand Beach gets its color from a semi precious green stone called Olivine.  There are less sandy beaches in the southern volcanic areas but you’ll find plenty of tide pools to explore. All of the beaches in Hawaii are public beaches so you’ll find no shortage. There are plenty of great snorkeling beaches and beautiful beach parks for relaxation.


Other islands attractions include golf, tennis, horseback riding, ATV tours, diving, fishing, surfing, shopping and fine dining.  You can find plenty of these activities in the Kona or Hilo areas as well as throughout the island.


If you are going to the big Island you’ll find better full service resorts in the Kona area. If you will be staying in the Kona area, we recommend either the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa or the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa.  If you are staying in the Hilo area you’ll find the Naniloa Volcanoes Resort, the Hilo Bay Hotel, or the Hilo Seaside Hotel which all have good accommodations and location. can provide your flight, hotel accommodations and rental car for your big Island adventure. Easy online travel booking makes it simple and affordable to visit the big island.