Aptly named for its size, the Island of Hawaii, also known as the Big Island or just 'Hawaii', is the largest island in the archipelago that makes up the state of Hawaii. This particular volcanic island happens to be the third biggest island in Polynesia, and the biggest island in the United States, making it a popular vacation spot.
Known for its vast sandy beaches and crystal clear water, the Island of Hawaii is a modern-day tropical paradise. Visitors can hike active volcanoes, snorkel with turtles, or just relax at one of our Hawaii resorts, Mai Tai in hand.
Whether you’re new to the sport or a seasoned pro, golf courses on the Island of Hawaii are a sight to see. Formed from lava flows that wrap around some of Hawaii’s most stunning landmarks and breathtaking stretches of coast, you'll have the choice of 17 different golf clubs the Island of Hawaii offers.
From sandy shores to dense rainforest, the Island of Hawaii features hundreds of miles of hiking. Challenge yourself as you pick your way across dimpled lava fields, climb active volcanos, or explore the historic sights of Hawaii.
Scout Hawaii’s biggest island from the water! Take a guided tour along the Kona Coast, or sign up for lessons and peruse the hidden coves, scenic views, and sea caves on your own.
If you'd rather saddle up than hike through the Island of Hawaii’s many trails, you’re in luck. Horses have played a large role in Hawaii’s history and are still a valid form of transportation today. Take a guided tour through the rainforest, trot along the coast, or ride through a Hawaiian cattle ranch!
The Island of Hawaii offers some of the most spectacular and varied beaches in the islands. On these shores you’ll find white sand, black sand and green sand beaches. Hawaii Island's beaches can be rugged and remote but very rewarding.
WHEN TO VISIT
Anytime of year is a good time to visit the Island of Hawaii. At sea level, the average summer temperature is 85 degrees Fahrenheit, 78 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter and trade winds keep things comfortable year-round. Whale watching season runs from December through May, with peak whale watching months between January and early April.
WHAT TO PACK
Pack a light, waterproof jacket for hiking or exploring the tropical rainforests of Hilo and the Hamakua Coast and warmer clothes if you plan to visit the uplands of Waimea and the higher elevations of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.