Hawaii's Big Island is both big and different!
A light sand beach on the Kohala coast, though many of Big Island's beaches are...
Hawai'i - aka the Big Island - is bigger than all the other Hawaiian islands put together. This natural wonder is home to the world's most active volcano (Kilauea), rainforest jungle, deserts and even snow, but less spectacular soft-sand beaches. Big Island offers the best hiking opportunities in the state of Hawaii in addition to interestingly reconstructed remnants of ancient Hawaiian culture, fantastic deep sea fishing and good snorkeling. More.
...black volcanic sand, such as Punalu'u Beach
Kona coast: the sunny western side is the island's main resort area, such as Kailua-Kona, with good beaches, snorkelling - especially Kealakekua Bay - and terrific deep-sea fishing. Kailua is the main town with a church built from lava.
Hale-o-Keawe temple, Puuhonua, the Place of Refuge.
Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park on Big Island's west coast is the best traditional religious site in the Hawaiian islands, with reconstructed houses, temples and wooden effigies. Self-guide tours are cheap, efficient and entertaining.
Hot, fresh lava, rollin'.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: the south of the island holds two active volcanoes, with hot headed Kilauea Caldera constantly threatening to wreck the peace, while Mauna Loa is of somewhat cooler, all set in a gorgeous and wildly varied terrain. More.
Hapuna Beach is one of the most popular and biggest sandy beaches on Hawai'i, and much loved by body surfers and body boarders for its high surf in winter months. Hapuna offers excellent facilities and lifeguards on duty every day. It is along Queen Kaahumanu Highway.
A Hula ceremony in Volcanoes National Park, Hawai'i.
1200ft (400m) Hi'ilawe Falls, Waipio Valley, Big Island, Hawai'i
Big Island's best things to do - apart from beaches - are:
A Big Island hotel. The Kohala Coast is where most of the beach resorts collide. Next, Kauai Island Pictures.