Introducing the Big Island
Consider a beach holiday or romantic getaway to the Big Island of Hawaii – the largest and most diverse island in the Hawaiian archipelago.
What to do and see on the Big Island
The Big Island is home to a wide selection of gorgeous white- and golden-sand beaches as well as tropical rainforests, fiery volcanoes, black lava deserts and snow-capped mountain peaks.
The volcanic peaks of Mauna Kea, the world's tallest sea mountain, and the 9144m-high Mauna Loa, the earth’s largest volcano, create a natural barrier to block the north-easterly trade winds, giving the western coast a dry climate with the best beaches and water conditions in Hawaii.
Here you can swim, snorkel and dive year round to discover an underwater paradise teeming with colourful marine life; kayak caves, secluded coves and gorgeous beaches only accessible by sea; or hook up a charter to fish for blue marlin. The eastern coast is rugged, with pounding surf, tropical rainforests and majestic waterfalls.
On land, the Big Island offers a tremendous choice of hiking, biking and horseback riding opportunities just a 45-minute flight away from Honolulu.
Honeymoon couples have a good choice of accommodation options on the Big Island.
Getting to the Big Island, Hawaii
From Honolulu International Airport, the Big Island is just a 25-minute flight away.
The Big Island (also called Hawai'i Island) is the largest and the southeastern-most of the Hawaiian islands, a chain of volcanic islands in the North Pacific Ocean, around 3860km from mainland USA. The Big Island lies to the southwest of Maui.
Best time to visit the Big Island?
Balmy and warm all year round, any time of year is a good time to visit the Big Island, Hawaii. For dry and sunny conditions it’s probably best to visit around summer, from June to October, when the average temperature is 27°C.
Winter, from December to March, can be wet and has an average temperature of 22°C.
For more climate info: Big Island Weather Guide