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Hawaii the Big Island Revealed: The Ultimate Guidebook

Hawaii the Big Island Revealed: The Ultimate Guidebook

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by Andrew Doughty

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The finest guidebook ever written for the Big Island. Now you can plan your best vacation--ever. This all new sixth edition is a candid, humorous guide to everything there is to see and do on the Big Island. Best-selling author and longtime Hawai'i resident, Andrew Doughty, unlocks the secrets of an island so vast and diverse that many visitors never realize all


The finest guidebook ever written for the Big Island. Now you can plan your best vacation--ever. This all new sixth edition is a candid, humorous guide to everything there is to see and do on the Big Island. Best-selling author and longtime Hawai'i resident, Andrew Doughty, unlocks the secrets of an island so vast and diverse that many visitors never realize all that it has to offer. Explore with him as he reveals breathtaking trails, secluded beaches, pristine reefs, delicious places to dine, relaxing resorts, an active volcano and so much more. Every restaurant, activity provider, business and resort is reviewed personally and anonymously. This book and a rental car are all you need to discover what makes the Big Island so exciting.

• The most up-to-date and accurate information available anyplace with up-to-the-minute changes posted to our website

• Frank, brutally honest reviews of restaurants, hotels and activities show you which companies really are the best…and which to avoid--no advertisements

• Driving tours let you structure your trip your way, point out sights not to be missed along the way and are complemented by 120 spectacular color photographs

• 38 specially-created maps in an easy-to-follow format with mile markers--so you'll always know where you are on the island

• Clear, concise directions to those hard-to-find places such as deserted black sand beaches, tropical rain forests, hidden waterfalls, the most dramatic part of the erupting volcano, freshwater lava pools (some volcanically heated) and scores of other hidden gems listed nowhere else

• 28 pages on Big Island's beaches with detailed descriptions including ocean safety

• Over 65 pages of exciting adventures and activities

• Fascinating sections on Hawai'i's history, culture, language and legends

• Companion website with links to every business, events calendar, over 90 resort reviews complete with aerial photos--so you'll know if oceanfront really means oceanfront

"Hawaii The Big Island Revealed" covers it all--from the snow-covered top of Mauna Kea, to the sparkling underwater reefs. This is the best investment you can make for your Big Island visit. Whether you are a first time visitor, or a longtime kama'aina, you will find out more about the Big Island from this book than from any other source. Discover the island of your dreams with "Hawaii The Big Island Revealed."

Editorial Reviews

This comprehensive guidebook lives up to its name -- it's the ultimate resource for travelers heading to the beautiful island of Hawaii. Whether you're interested in hiking or simply relaxing on the beach, you can find all the expert advice you'll need in Hawaii The Big Island Revealed. One of the guide's best features is the fact that it was written entirely by locals. A wealth of maps and detailed directions are included, along with prices, tips, and recommendations. The companion web site features information on seasonal events and festivals.

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Wizard Publications
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Sixth Edition
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5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.77(d)

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Hawaii the Big Island Revealed 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
KYBoy More than 1 year ago
We loved this book. It's mile-marker by mile-marker review of the Big Island was invaluable. We found all of the places as noted with some literary bon mots along the way. But this is the book the Hawaii residents love to hate for two reasons -- the authors may be a bit free with other people's property rights, so if you're reading cross-country, really do pay attention to no trespassing signs. And second, they really do tell you some of the secrets of the island. It's as thoroughly researched as any static publication can be. We used it prior to our trip to make plans and multiple times daily while there touring the island. It was worth every penny we spent on it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We have been going to the Big Island for over 20 years and even though we are very familiar with what to do and where to stay, we love this series and always buy the updated edition. It keeps us up-to-date on changes in the restaurant scene and what new has opened up. The on-line birds-eye-photos of all the condos and resorts is a perfect way to determine if you have chosen a beach-front property or not. The list of activities is endless and the ratings and web-site links are helpful as well. Great photos make the guide very readable. While the author has been criticized for occasionally describing some somewhat dangerous activities, it seems that he has added warnings and the common sense on the part of a visitor should always prevail with any dealings with raw nature. There is lots to do on this truly "Big Island" and this guidebook certainly covers it all!
flowerdiva More than 1 year ago
we have taken 3 trips to this island. on the 3rd we acquired this book. Dont know how we did it without this book. would've made past trips much easier for sure. The details given in this book are extremely helpful, and accurate. best beaches,snorkel spots, adventures, and hidden areas even some locals don't know about. if you are going to the big island you need this book. It was a tremendous help getting around the island since there is so much to do.Also if you like to do water activities this book nails it. it helped us to spots we did'nt even explore before,but now wished we had.Whats great is the writer has actually explored everything he writes about in the book which is helpful as well, knowing someone has tried it.
colonialpenny More than 1 year ago
I had visited the Big Island of Hawaii at least 6 times, had never bought a travel book, but this book appeared to be more interesting and comprehensive then most. I'm pleased to report that it was all of the above, and more, and we used the book for some of our driving tours around the Island. Even some of the locals said that the author included information that they really didn't want known. This is a perfect travel book for visitations to the "BIG ISLAND".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have all the Big Island travel books This one is the best with the most accurate information. I have used the hard copy for my last three trips to the Big Island. I now have the Nook version for this years trip. It is almost as good. It will be easier to take along. I plan to get the Nook version of my other books. It will make my suitcase a little lighter.
texlin More than 1 year ago
We've traveled to various Hawaii islands for over 25 years and I can confirm this is the best tour book.  Their information is very accurate and the internet site  is excellent.
Thomas_Smith More than 1 year ago
This book should be a must-have for any big island vacation. The author reveals LOTS of hidden gems that can't be found in any other guidebook. It tells you the best places to go, and who to go to for everything from snorkeling to snow skiing. This book shows you how to get to hidden waterfalls, secluded beaches, beautiful trails and overlooks, and many other hidden treasures. It is written by a resident of the island who has gone to all the beaches, walked all the trails, eaten at all the restaurants, driven on all the roads, and stayed at all the hotels, helping you to separate the good from the bad. The maps and directions are very easy to use, so easy to use, in fact, that a twelve-year-old planned and guided our trip, and it turned out great! This book proved to be an indispensible part of our Hawaiian vacation, and I hope it will be for yours, too!
nut4travel More than 1 year ago
I have been a frequent visitor to Hawaii and thought I knew a lot, but boy was I wrong! This series rocks. The only thing I don't like is that the snorkeling section is combined with the beaches. Great honest restuarant reviews by authors who actually live in the state and don't take money to be in the books from the places they review like other guide books. Indepth, honest, funny....I can go on & on. The only guide books you will ever need. Found one of my favorite restuarants by trying a "ONO" and have been back time & time again for yummy Japanese food. Would have never gone in there without the review.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My husband and I used this book for our honeymoon. We had bought a couple of different travel books, but this one was the best. Directions were DETAILED - the author even gave mile markers to help with directions. Great advice on where to get snorkle gear. We had a wonderful honeymoon due to this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Big Island Revealed was very out of date. The phone numbers were wrong and there has been more construction since it was written so we couldn't access the places they mention. Closed to Public signs were predominantly posted.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is probably the best guide to the Big Island currently in print. The authors include great maps, honest opinions, and great detail not found elsewhere. Every aspect of your trip is covered in the books, from the sites to see and avoid, the restaurants to hit, the best hotels, camping options, and island history. This book covers a wide range of recommendations to cover every type of traveler from the luxury $1000 per night tourist to the canvas tent hiker will find useful info. More than anything, while realizing how much of Hawaii is truly still hidden to you in the almost uninhabitable reaches of the jungles and volcanic residues, you'll still feel as though you're seeing as much of it as any outsider can see. Now for the bad. Because Doughty and Friedman live on the islands and have explored every hidden waterfall and pool, they are privy to spots on the islands that even many locals are unaware of. And naturally, many of the areas are located on private property. This however, doesn't seem to bother the writers. After giving a detailed description of how to access a remote waterfall on private property (stuff like, 'Park on the pull-off a few hundred yards after mile-marker 23, and scale the guardrail. You should see a path that winds down into a bamboo forest. At the bottom of the path, go *left*, not right, away from the river...' etc.), they follow it up with a limp disclaimer, like 'Technically, this is Hawaiian Forest and Game property, but we've been hiking on it for years without a problem...' The bottom line is that while the places they tell you to go are private and amazing, by definition these magnificent spots can't last. Because they've been revealed (as the book titles promise), a hidden location that may have previously had only a few dozen visitors per year now gets five or six visitors a day, thus destroying the serenity and privacy of the location, ruining what is the reason for going there in the first place. So it's somewhat of a self-defeating book, since by revealing these remote locations they are also condemning them to extinction. I recommend the guided tours of the jungle it will ensure the protection of the land. Remember to respect the land, protect Hawaii¿s natural beauty. Stay on marked trails in order to protect fragile vegetation. Keep off the coral reefs! You can look but do not touch, walk, or sit on the reefs. Many of the reefs are dying due to abuse of visitors. Respect the land. This guide with the guidance of the locals will ensure a great family vacation. Also visit the following sites Go Hawaii.com, Hawaii-country.com/parks, and wildernet.com/Hawaii/stateparks
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From the other side of the coin we want mainlanders to visit but respect our privacy. We love our island and this book doesn't come close to telling our real stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have bought the "blue book" for all the islands I've visited since 2005.I have found them extremely useful. Great advice on what to look out for. Detailed descriptions and directions. Companion website provides a comprehensive set of links. Easy and fun to read.
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