Get Inspired / USA / Pacific Islands / Hawaii Hawaii's Big Island Puts on a Show Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / USA / Pacific Islands / Hawaii Hawaii's Big Island Puts on a Show story by: Inspire Magazine Hawai`i Island is a paradise of dramatic contrasts, where black sand surf beaches deliver adrenalin-pumping rides and majestic manta rays with 20-foot wingspans cruise serenely around you. It's also an island of breath-taking volcanic wonders like Kilauea Volcano, which is a spectacular engine room of creation spilling enough lava daily to pave a 32km two-lane highway; in fact it's been so busy that 198 hectares of new land has been created since 1994. Just a 48km drive from downtown Hilo brings you to a vast river of molten lava flowing into the ocean. Visitors here can stroll across scorched deserts and witness the awesome power unleashed by the volcano goddess, Pele. Or arrive after dark for an even more impressive spectacle, all glowing red against the black lava field and a starry night sky. After that sensational show, you could be forgiven for thinking that you've seen it all, but the Big Island has more surprises in store. The dramatic forces creating this island have produced incredibly diverse environments where snow-capped mountains and lush rain forests jostle for your attention alongside spectacular waterfalls, all of which can, and should, be viewed by helicopter to truly appreciate the incredible diversity. For those keen to get their swing on, there are also 10 golf courses, making the Big Island the official golf capital of Hawai`i. If swimming with the mantas is on your agenda, one of the best places will be the calm waters of the Kona Coast, which incidentally is also the home of Hawaii's world famous Kona coffee. This is where Captain Cook first arrived in the Hawaiian Islands and where he was unfortunately killed just a year later. There are also strong links with Hawaiian royalty on the Kona Coast and the charming seaside towns have both a historic and an arty vibe that's perfect for a holiday frame of mind. Click here for Cheap Flights to Hawai`i or HOT Hawai`i Holiday Deals Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wakatipu: Queenstown Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist The coolest new things to do in Vanuatu Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Escape to the deep Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.