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Day Trip to Secluded Green Sand Beach on Big Island

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Big Island Travel Guide

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Big Island Is Known for...

Nine of Big Island's most unique features and characteristics.

Peace and Relaxation

If there’s one thing that can always be found on the Big Island, it’s peace and relaxation. Thanks to the huge amount of undeveloped land, there’s no shortage of seclusion and tranquility. If you’re looking for a place in which to be truly alone, or in which to retreat from urban chaos and noise with a partner or family, this is it. On this, Hawaii’s youngest island, it’s not hard to find a secluded camping spot, an uncrowded place to swim, or a beckoning road. Hilo and Kona are the most populated towns: you’ll find shopping, a movie theater, great restaurants, and even a little traffic. But this is definitely the island to visit if you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life.


The Big Island is the youngest island in the chain, and it’s still not done growing. Currently in a very active growth spurt, the island has a volcano that is constantly erupting and forming new land. The Big Island usually provides a great nighttime show you can’t find anywhere else: red and orange lava fiercely erupting and slowly creeping across the land. What does vary is how close visitors can get, and access usually depends on safety. What’s great about lava is that it’s gorgeous even from...  

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About Big Island

Big Island

If you’re planning a vacation to this tropical paradise, make sure you take time to visit the island of Hawaii, or more appropriately, the Big Island. This largest strand of the Hawai’ian islands makes up a whopping 62% of the total land area of the state. It’s also composed from the molten lava of five age-old volcanoes, two of which are still active. The Mauna Loa and Kilauea volcanoes continue to spill hot lava onto the shores of Big Island, constantly expanding its area and providing an unbeatable Hawaii attraction for those who have never witnessed the orange, steamy glow that seeps from these freshly erupted mountains.

If you’re on vacation in Hawaii to get a better sense of its history and culture, Big Island is just the place for you. In the late 18th century, Big Island became the host to Captain Cook and his voyagers when they discovered this unknown tropical paradise and opened it up to an influx of westerners. Shortly after, King Kamehameha united all of the islands and set up his kingdom on Big Island. After Kamehameha’s death in 1819, the cattle and sugarcane industries were introduced, the first European missionaries arrived, and Hawaii began to become modernized. Even throughout these changes, a...  Read more »