The island of Hawaii is referred to as the “Big Island” for its massive size.
With an area of over 4,000 square miles, it is larger than all of the other main Hawaiian Islands combined.
Truly a destination for everyone, the Big Island is home to eleven of the world’s fourteen ecosystems.
Most of the islands resorts are located on the western coast, from Hapuna Bay to Waikoloa to the north on the Kohala Coast and down through Kailua-Kona in the south.
In the course of one day visitors to the Big Island can be standing directly over flowing lava in Volcano’s National Park to star gazing in sub-freezing temperatures on top of Mauna Kea.
Water lovers are also greeted with endless possibilities for surfing, scuba diving, fishing or just relaxing. Mauna Kea is the islands highest peak at just over 14,000 feet and is also the worlds tallest mountain, taller than Mt. The island is comprised of five separate shield volcanoes and Kilauea, located in Volcanoes National Park, has been continuously erupting since 1983.
Mauna Loa is another active volcano in the same national park and because of the active lava flow this island is still growing in size.
Of all the Hawaiian islands, Hawaii is the one least known for its surfing beaches.
Access to most surf spots requires a 4x4 vehicle and/or some helpful local knowledge.
There are a number of great surf spots on the island of course, but finding them is another story.
On the western side of the island in the town of Kona is a popular spot called Banyans.
This is where professional surfer Shane Dorian grew up surfing and this is a hollow right and left reef break.