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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 seventh 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

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The finest guidebook ever written for the Big Island. Now you can plan your best vacation--ever. This all new seventh 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.

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"Succeeded in telling us everything there is to know about traveling on the island of Hawaii...this book is essential reading..." Library Journal

"A colorful book--covers it all. I was pleased by the numerous little tips that can make a trip more pleasant." The San Diego Union-Tribune

"Superbly researched and easy-to-read reference... It's jammed with details and maps." Houston Chronicle

"The best guidebook [to the Big Island]. Every nook and cranny is explored by a longtime resident." Conde Nast Traveler

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780983888741
Publisher:
Wizard Publications
Publication date:
12/15/2013
Pages:
311
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

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Hawaii the Big Island Revealed: The Ultimate Guidebook 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
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This is a great reference book for anyone visiting the Big Island. Places to visit and places to avoid.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Going to visit the Big Island in a couple months and NEED this book. Must have travel companion.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
There is not enough space to write all the praises for this book. Of all the books we have on the big island of Hawaii this is the ONLY one to have. The writers have a great sense of humor and it shows in their writting style. For the most part it is user friendly. We were rather skeptical about restaurants reviewed but after reviewing our results, we recognized that they were right on. Descriptions regarding historic sites, topography, and beaches again, they could not have been more accurate. I am throwing away all my other Hawaii books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this guidebook. It directed us around the island, allowing us to see as much as we could in 3 quick days. It was like having a trusted travel companion with you who was very familiar and had great suggestions. This is really the only guidebook you'll need on the Big Island. I wish I had bought the Maui book too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You only need one book when you are on the Big Island and this is the ONE! We discovered so many beautiful secrets on the island because of this book..and the directions given are the most accurate. I think word of this book is catching on because we ran into a number of couples who were carrying it around...their Hawaiian Bible. Don't hesitate!
Guest More than 1 year ago
We went to Hawaii on our belated honeymoon. Prior to going I bought three of these same books in this series, one for Hawaii, one for Maui, and one for Kauai. And let me tell you they were worth their weight in GOLD!!! We saw so many things that were off of the beaten track it was amazing! Just for an example we had several waterfalls all to ourselves, nobody even knew they were there, unless of course they also had this book! Not only that but their reviews of the hotels and all activities in and around the Islands, and their website was absolutely fantastic! If you are planning on going to the Islands of Hawaii, DEFINITELY GET THIS BOOK!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I usually look at a travel book, I feel that the reviewer is a stuffy person who has to be very impressed or he/she will slam it. The authors of this book evaluate the site, restaurant or lodging with their own opinion, but down to earth. When I read this book, I feel that they are talking to me as an acquaintance. They do not hold back punches and will tell you to just skip something if they feel it is not worth it. On the other side, they may say they like something and tell you why. . This allows you to see where they are coming from. They were the most part¿ right on. This is a must-have book for your visit to the Big Island. My wife had it with her all the time. When seeing something on our road trips, we would refer the ¿Blue Book¿ and see if it was worth it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great descriptions of the different parts, coasts of Hawaii, with plenty information both for the must see and the off the beaten track sights, activities. Always enternaining and insightful and full of information, if occasionally a little chaotic. Camp site section should be re-evaluated, though.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book redefined my definition of a good guide book. It is amazingly well layed out, easy to use with good insite. You feel like you are getting advise from a friend as you read through the book choosing a place to eat, or snorkle, or what trails to hike. Get it and you will not be disapointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a must have if visiting the Big Island. We recently returned from our 2 week vacation there and we didn't go anywhere without this book. The authors pointed out great places to see, and wonderful places to eat! Kudos for listing the Hawaiian Style Cafe!! We ate there many times and had absolutely wonderful meals each time. Another reason we loved this book was the historical background they gave about the various sites. While visiting the sites we were able to learn a bit of history about the area, which really made for a fun-filled, fact-filled vacation. Don't go to the Big Island without this book!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just returned from a visit to the Big Island and what an adventure! This guide was key in helping me find the best places to visit complete with directions on how to get there. I was able to get organized and make most effective use of my days! If heading to this island, there is no better guide!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Written by knowledgable, 'street smart' people who truly love the subject of their writing. A wonderful source of gobs and gobs of suculant, down to earth, 'common sense' information that is actualy useful. Don't leave for the Big Island without this book! It will become a cherished friend the moment you touchdown on the crushed lava runway at the Kona airport. I've been to the Big Island many times and this book seems to capture the look and feel of Hawai'i better than any other. Simply the best guidebook I've ever thumbed through...Heck, I read it from cover to cover in two days flat, I just couldn't put it down! (hmmmm... and I never thought I'd be able to say THAT about a guidebook)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the guide book that I well measure all future guide books against. I would never have done half of what I did without having read this book. I was amazed at how in depth and specific the directions to the beaches were. I would never have thought a car could drive over some of those trails.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Went to Hawaii 8/01 and this book was wonderful. All the advice was great, especially for meals and off road adventures that we would have not gone to otherwise. We used the maps and directions from the book more than the local maps that were handed out. We are planning on going to Maui next and buying the Maui edition for that trip as well!! The best travel book we've ever used!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
SEPTEMBER 7, 2001 TRAVELED TO KONA, HAWAII, WHAT A PARADISE! THIS BOOK TOTALLY GIVES YOU ALL THE NOOKS AND CRANNIES OF THE COOLEST PLACES THAT ONLY THE LOCALS KNOW AND WE MET A BUNCH OF LOCALS THAT ARE NOW OUR FRIENDS! YOU NEED TO HIGHLIGHT THE TOWN OF 'NAALEHU'. THIS IS LOCATED ABOUT 1.5 HOURS SOUTH OF KONA. ITS A NEAT LITTLE TOWN TUCKED BETWEEN THE MOUNTAINS AND THE OCEAN. THEY HAVE AN AWESOME BAKERY, BED AND BREAKFAST. HORSES & CATTLE GRAZE ALONG THE WINDING ROADS. ITS JUST BEAUTIFUL. THE HAWAIIANS ARE KEEPING THIS LITTLE NOOK A SECRET. GO THERE IF YOU NEED SOME R&R, THE LOCAL PEOPLE ARE LAID BACK AND SOOO NICE!!!! PLANS TO MOVE TO THE BIG ISLAND ARE UNDERWAY FOR ME! GREAT BOOK!!!! LAKE ZURICH, ILLINOIS
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best guidebook I have ever used. Eminently readable, clear, concise, often funny, and most of all, accurate! It gives explicit descriptions and directions (right down to telephone pole numbers for hard to find places) to everywhere you might want to go on the island. It is broken down in such a way that you can either read it cover to cover or flip through it to easily find the information you need. I found myself reading it each night in order to plan the next days trips. I'd buy any other guide the authors might choose to put out on the strength of this book. They didn't lead me astray about any of the places they either recommended or warned against. Just fantastic!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is truly one of the best guides for anyplace. Everything is right on the money. Best of all, it is written to be fun to read, not just a guidebook. I couldn't recommend a guidebook more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is definitely one of the best guide books I have ever used and I have used a bunch. What makes it great? First, thorough coverage of all areas of the island and all topics. Second, honest and forthright appraisals of restaurants, attractions, etc. Third, great maps -- detailed and easy to read. Fourth, and perhaps msot important, the authors love their subject. Be sure to get this book well before you go, spend some time reading, highlighting and underlining and then have a great and well-guided time on your trip to the Big Island.