The Big Island

Famous for its sugar cane plantations and Kona coffee, Hawaii has the fewest beaches, but the best weather. Be sure to visit Parker Ranch, where cowboys were branding steers back when the American West was still untamed.

Hike the unforgettable black sand beaches. Relax and recharge with shopping and dining in Kona Village. Or view the spectacular eruptions that continue to build the island at Volcanoes National Park.

With horseback riding, scuba diving, snorkeling, golfing on absolutely spectacular courses, and some of the world's most beautiful gardens -- The Big Island of Hawaii is an arena of beauty, diversity and constant change.

The Big Island of Hawaii is an island of contrasts. As you explore the island, you'll see jagged lava fields covered with new vegetation, providing an amazing contrast of Hawaii's Big Island's diverse landscape. To see the lava flow glowing at night is an incredible experience you really shouldn't miss! Yet the molten lava is just one of Hawaii's Big Island's hot attractions - there are also cool shops in Kona, coffee plantation tours, excellent golf on the Kohala Coast, and the quaint town of Hilo, where you'll feel as though you've gone back in time.

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Staying on and Sightseeing the Big Island

Hawaii's Big Island has spectacular contrasts...the mighty volcanoes Mauna Loa (13,679 feet) and Kilauea, lofty snow clad Mauna Kea (13,796 feet), the Kau Desert, gorgeous waterfalls, the Puna Fern Forest, and the colorful orchids of Hilo. The island grows sugar, coffee, cattle and macadamia nuts. Landmarks: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kealakekua Bay, Kailua-Kona, Kawaihae, Parker Ranch, Waipio Valley.

1. Kona-Kohala Coast
2. Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
3. Waimea
4. Mauna Kea
5. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
6. Panaewa Rainforest Zoo

For more information, see Big Island Activities.

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