The Big Island
Hawai’i- The Big Island Adventure A New World mystique hovers over Hawaii’s vast and varied namesake isle. While The Big Island denomination may seem overwhelming, the Island can actually be explored within a day if you are really keen. Saying that, I would recommend that you take your time to really experience the quirkiness of the various cultural areas that the island presents. You can conquer the mountain peaks, cascading creeks, and sea comfortably in a one-week trip. Here are some details on how to tackle the tropical island and some of the highlights of my trip.
Indispensable tip: Fly in to Kona and out of Hilo (or vise versa) This way you can explore one side of the island when you land, and the other side when you leave. While some flights head for Hilo, the majority major airlines land in Kona—part city, part seaside town, and one of the driest spots on the island. The Kohala Coast boasts a resort-clustered shore North of Kona along the historic lava flows.
Upcountry, Hawaii Island’s natives wander in the shadow of the world’s two tallest mountains, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa (if you measure from the ocean bed to the mountain peaks). On the East side is Hilo’s luscious waterfalls, and as you move down to South Point—the Southernmost point in the USA—you’ll pass Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes adding over 500 acres of molten magic to the island since 1983. So for the ultimate exploration… Hire a car and loose yourself in a mountain rainforest zone of lush emerald-colored canopy and moss-draped trees. The diversity of the island is amazing, as aside from the tropical rainforest , you will be on a terrain that looks flat and moon-like.
Where to stay?
The Kirpal Meditation and Ecological Center (KMEC) in Puna
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