Not All Islands are Created Equal
All of the Hawaiian Islands boast spectacular scenery, but only the Big Island has Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. Mauna Kea isn’t just Hawaii’s highest volcano, but the tallest volcano in the entire Pacific Rim. And Mauna Loa is the world’s most massive volcano. Among the hundreds of miles of hiking trails on the Big Island are trails that take you right to the top of both of these giants.
Eleven of planet Earth’s 13 climate zones are found on the Big Island, ranging from continuously wet to semi-arid to arid to tundra. In a single day, you could snow ski, water ski, swim, snorkel, hike, go horseback riding on the beach, walk on a lava flow and wander through a rainforest. The Big Island draws people from all over the world who want to sink their feet into the pristine natural environment.
It truly is an outdoors lover’s paradise. Popular activities include swimming, snorkeling, surfing, scuba diving, hiking, horseback riding, golfing, kayaking, boating, parasailing, windsurfing, fishing, bird watching and, of course, sightseeing. The island’s mountainous terrain, lush forests, countless waterfalls, spectacular beaches and otherworldly volcanic terrain provide endless opportunities for exploring, getting lost or finding yourself. The sheer size of the Big Island and its low population means real estate is considerably more affordable than on Oahu, Maui and Kauai.