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The Big Island

The Big Island, USA
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Anchoring the eastern end of the island chain, the Big Island offers spectacular contrasts. Twelve distinct climate zones exist here, from tropical rain forests in Hilo and Kau's arid desert to the snow-capped summit of Mauna Kea.

The Big Islands "west side story" includes the spectacular Kohala coast, a favouite resort playground offering spectacular sunsets, golf, horseback riding and some of the most luxurious hotels and resorts in the world. In Waimea, visit Parker Ranch, one of the largest privately owned ranches in the United States. And just south of Kailua-Kona is Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, one of Hawaiis most sacred cultural attractions.

While there are many reasons to visit the "Big Island" of Hawaii, none are bigger than the opportunity to get an up-close look at Kilauea, the worlds most active volcano.

Head to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, which encompasses nearly 218,000 acres from sea to summit and beyond. It includes Mauna Loa (the worlds largest volcano) and Kilauea, which has been continuously erupting since January 1983. This eruption phase has added over 500 acres to the Big Island.

Witnessing Kilaueas molten lava flows, curling steam clouds, vast lava fields, heated steam vents, sulphur banks, prehistoric lava tubes and huge summit caldera is an unforgettable experience. Established in 1916, the park also offers more than 150 miles of hiking trails.

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