Hawaii isn’t only a state; it’s also the name of the biggest of the Hawaiian islands, affectionately known to locals as the Big Island. The Big Island is the one I most recommend to visitors, at least those who want to actively explore Hawaii and not only relax on the beach.
If you enjoy nature, you’ll be in your element, with everything from an active volcano and the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to hiking up to beautiful waterfalls or even stargazing atop Mauna Kea, the best place for land based astronomy in the world thanks to its altitude and low light interference. Snorkelers can look forward to swimming with Manta Rays and Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins off the sunny Kona Coast. Don’t miss seeing Hawaiian petroglyphs on the Kohala Coast–those on the Big Island are the best preserved. And for a colorful local vibe, head to Hilo and put together a picnic from the fresh produce and baked goods at the farmer’s market, or browse the many art galleries. Continue reading