Cruise tips you can trust
Note: The Big Island is officially named "Hawaiii Island". To avoid confusing the latter name with "Hawaiian Islands", most locals and visitors perfer to call the island by its nickname, "The Big Island" (which refers to the island's size).
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
It is by far the #1 shore excursion on the Big Island.
The park is home to the world's most active volcano, Kilauea.
Tips & insights:
Live lava flows
These rivers and fountains of molten rock are the sightseeing highlight for most travelers. Try to view them at dusk because daylight visually subdues their intense reddish glow.
If you're pressed for time, at least take the 11-mile Caldera Drive. Stop at its Crater Overlook for a distant view of the massive Mauna Loa and a nearby view of the smaller but striking Halema'uma'u Crater. The Thurston Lava Tube is another interesting attraction along the route.
Take a helicopter sightseeing tour for bird's-eye views Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, the Big Island's two tallest volcanoes.
143 meters (432 feet) high.
Hike or horseback through it.
Kono coffee plantations
Beans are celebrated internationally.
Macadamia nut plantations
One of the world's finest nuts.
Deep sea fishing
Kona Coast waters are game-fish rich.
Hawaiian Tourism Authority / Joe Salem