Hawaii (The Big Island)

Hawaii – The Big Island

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Hawaii (The Big Island)

At more than twice the size of all the other islands combined, The Big Island of Hawaii is, geologically speaking, a youngster; and with the help of lava flowing from Kilauea volcano, it's still growing. Unlike the other islands in the Hawaiian chain, the Big Island hasn't had time to develop many sandy beaches along its shores.  The beaches of the Kona and Kohala coasts are beautiful, and the black-sand beach at Punaluu is not to be missed.

This is a very special island, because some of the most sacred Hawaiian sites can still be seen here. Driving around the Big Island, you may come across petroglyphs and ancient Polynesian stone temples called heiau. Whether you stay on the Big Island of Hawaii for your honeymoon or just visit it, you will surely enjoy your time there.

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Highlights
What the Big Island does have in spades is big-game fishing (particularly at Kona, the self-proclaimed "Marlin Capital of the Pacific"), golf (on about 20 championship courses), vast ranch lands (including the 225,000-acre Parker Ranch, which dates to the early 19th century), incredible hiking (150 miles of trails in Volcanoes National Park alone), and great natural beauty (the 400-foot cascade of Akaka Falls, for example. At 4,038 square miles, it's a huge island, and since resort development is concentrated along the Kona-Kohala coast, there's a lot left to explore, from lava deserts to steaming rain forests.
Geography/Environment
Hawaii has 11 of the 13 known climatic zones of the world. The Big Island offers the world's most active volcano, waterfalls, black-sand beaches, tropical rainforest's and even snow-capped mountain peaks!
Activities
Great honeymoon activities include championship golf, horseback riding, sport fishing, snorkeling, diving, hiking, exploring and helicopter tours.
Climate and Weather
Although Hawaii's busiest tourist season is during winter (December to February), this has more to do with the weather elsewhere, since many visitors are snowbirds escaping cold winters back home. You don't find much nicer weather anywhere in the world. Near the coasts, which you almost always are, average highs are a pleasant 80ºF (27ºC), and the difference between summer and winter temperatures is only 10ºF. The rainiest period is between December and March. It also matters on which side of the islands you are. In general, the driest, sunniest conditions and the calmest waters are on the southwestern side of the islands. The northeastern side of the islands receives decent rainfalls.

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Hawaii: A Winter Wonderland?
by Charlynn McCarthy last updated on 12/29/2008
How would you like to snowboard in the morning and surf in the afternoon? Sound impossible? Well it is very possible. The "Big Island" of Hawaii is home to Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, both peaks soar over 13,000 ft high. In the winter you can find...
The Big Island of Hawaii
by Sandi Moore last updated on 07/25/2008
Last week, the Travel Channel was in Hawaii conducting “Man on the Street” interviews with a grand prize of 24 hours at the Bungalows at Mauna Lani Bay . Since I toured the Bungalows in December, and know the going rate is $6000 per night with a 10 night...
I have had so many requests for an all-inclusive resort in Hawaii. Finally, I can say that there is a very nice resort offering a near all-inclusive program. Beverages are not included, but all of your meals are! It’s about time, don’t you think!! ...