Fodor's Big Island of Hawaii

Fodor's Big Island of Hawaii

by Fodor's Travel Publications


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Written by locals, Fodor’s Big Island of Hawaii is the perfect guidebook for those looking for insider tips to make the most out their visit to the Big Island. Complete with detailed maps and concise descriptions, this travel guide will help you plan your trip with ease. Join Fodor’s in exploring Hawaii’s largest island.

With more than 250 miles of coast, from Kona to Hilo and beyond, the Big Island is lined with beautiful beaches, elegant resorts, coffee farms, waterfalls, and rain forests. It also has history: from Captain Cook's landing site to the rugged Valley of Kings near Waipio. Above it all, snow-capped Mauna Kea contrasts with fiery Mauna Loa, the centerpiece of popular Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Fodor’s Big Island of Hawaii includes:

    •UP-TO-DATE COVERAGE: Restaurant listings in Fodor's Big Island of Hawaii highlight the best local favorites for casual dining as well as top resort restaurants. Our coverage also features the island's abundant lodging options, from high-end resorts to mountainside B&Bs.
    •ULTIMATE EXPERIENCES GUIDE: A brief introduction and spectacular color photos capture the ultimate experiences and attractions throughout the Big Island.
    •PULLOUT MAP AND DETAILED COLOR MAPS: A handy take-along map of the Big Island provides essential information so you can travel with ease. Full color full-size street maps throughout will inspire you and help you get around.
    •ILLUSTRATED FEATURES AND GORGEOUS PHOTOS: Stunning magazine-style color features help you gain insight into Hawaii's unique culture. An in-depth feature on Hawaii Volcanoes National Park brings the area to life.
    •ITINERARIES AND TOP RECOMMENDATIONS: A new one-week itinerary will help you plan and make the most of your time on the island. We include tips on where to eat, stay, and shop as well as information about nightlife, sports, and the outdoors. Fodor's Choice designates our best picks.
    •INDISPENSABLE TRIP PLANNING TOOLS: It's easy to plan a vacation for any interest using the guide's planner pages, which include sections for families and for those planning weddings and honeymoons. Tips throughout the book will help you make the most of your time.
    •COVERS: Kailua-Kona, the Kohala Coast, Waimea, Mauna Kea, Hilo, Puna, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the Waipio Valley, and much more.

ABOUT FODOR'S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's Travel Guide is researched and written by local experts.

Planning on visiting the rest of Hawaii? Check out Fodor’s state-wide guide to Hawaii, Essential Hawaii , as well as Fodor’s Maui, Fodor’s Oahu , and Fodor’s Kauai.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640970809
Publisher: Fodor's Travel Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 10/09/2018
Series: Fodor's Travel Guides Series , #6
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 140,351
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

For over 80 years, Fodor's Travel has been a trusted resource offering expert travel advice for every stage of a traveler's trip. We hire local writers who know their destinations better than anyone else, allowing us to provide the best travel recommendations for all tastes and budget in over 7,500 worldwide destinations. Our books make it possible for every trip to be a trip of a lifetime.

Table of Contents

Planning Your Trip
About This Book     6
Big Island of Hawai'i
Experience the Big Island     7
Welcome to the Big Island     8
Big Island Planner     10
Top Big Island Experiences     12
Great 1-Day Itineraries     14
Weddings & Honeymoons     16
Kids & Families     18
Cruising the Hawaiian Islands     20
Exploring the Big Island     23
The Kohala District     25
Waimea     31
Kailua-Kona     33
South Kona & Kealakekua Bay     38
Ka'u & Ka Lae     43
The Volcano     45
Hilo     53
Hamakua Coast     61
Mauna Kea     66
Puna     70
A Circle Island Tour     72
Beaches     75
Water Activities & Tours     91
Golf, Hiking & Outdoor Activities     111
Shops & Spas     129
Entertainment & Nightlife     147
Where to Eat     157
Where to Stay     187
Understanding the Big Island
Hawai'i at a Glance     224
A Snapshot of Hawai'i     226
Hawaiian Vocabulary     230
Big Island Essentials     234
Index     265
About Our Writers     272

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