Wednesday, February 10, 2010
A trip to the aptly named Big Island is like visiting five islands in one, literally, since it is comprised of five separate volcanoes that have joined together over a million years making it twice as large as the rest of the eight principle Hawaiian Islands combined. Two of the volcanoes, Mauan Loa and Mauna Kea, rise to nearly 14,000 feet, but measured from their underwater bases they are the world's tallest peaks.
A trip across the length or breadth of this big pile of land takes longer than an interisland flight and would be better compared to a trip around the planet, since you could pass through 11 of the earth's 13 possible climatic zones. This place is diverse. Amazing when you think about it, this recipe for Creation: Squirt umpteen zillion tons of molten lava up from the sea, add rain, sun, air, and time—est viola!
Whales, dolphins, red-hot lava, quaint shops, ancient temples, rain forests, prehistoric petroglyphs, wild coral beaches, luxury resorts, sugar shacks: you can pick and choose a vacation. All this can seen a bit daunting, especially for first-timers, who may fly into kitschy Kona on a voggy day (volcanic smog), drive across barren lava through butt-jammed traffic, and wonder why they forked over all this dough to come to Hawaii. But fret not. No sirree Bob. Pick up a copy (preferably on the Mainland to help plan) of Hawaii the Big Island Trailblazer to find strategies for visiting the island, where to stay, and places to have fun that suit your interests. No Worries Hawaii, also a Trailblazer Travel Book, in addition helps plan vacations to all of the Islands.