Plan the perfect getaway with Fodor's Big Island of Hawaii—a fully updated Gold Guide featuring tips for all types of travelers, from families to honeymooners.
NEW THIS EDITION: Brand new hotel, restaurant, shop, spa, and bar reviews provide fresh tips for staying and playing.
ILLUSTRATED FEATURES: Learn all about visiting volcanoes with our Hawaii Volcanoes National Park anchor. Other illustrated features teach travelers about geology and the birth of the islands, snorkeling tips, and Hawaii's unique culture, from lei to luau to hula.
ESSENTIAL TRIP-PLANNING TOOLS: Top Experiences and Great Itineraries help travelers make the most of their island time. This guide also has useful tips for families and people planning Hawaiian weddings and honeymoons. The Experience chapter helps travelers pick the best beaches, farmers' markets, and outdoor adventures. A top water activities chart lets you choose your perfect water excursion. Illustrated plant and marine life identification keys are useful tools for hikers and snorkelers.
DISCERNING RECOMMENDATIONS: Fodor's Big Island offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help travelers make the most of their visit. Fodor's Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife. "Word of Mouth" quotes from fellow travelers provide valuable insights.
ADDED VALUE PULLOUT MAP: A handy take-along Big Island map provides added value. This essential road-trip tool includes inset maps for Kailua-Kona and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, so visitors can travel with confidence.
ABOUT FODOR’S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's Travel Guide is researched and written by local experts.