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As the natives (and longtime residents) like to say, there are only two seasons on the Big Island Hawaii: “summer,” between May and October, and “winter,” from October to April.
The weather varies dramatically, though,–in terms of precipitation–from west to east. Hilo, on the east, or “wet” side of Big Island, is the county seat. It is also the wettest city in the United States. Big Island Hawaii.is the most popular destination on It offers accommodations and activities catering to the pure pursuit of FUN! Snorkeling, diving, kayaking and deep-sea fishing being the most popular.
Big Island Hawaii, Hawaii volcano, shield volcano For an aerial view of the Big Island, be sure to check out Dedicated pilots will whisk you away and provide loads of information during the flight, including a literal “over-the-top” view of Kilauea Volcano!
Kilauea is the most ative volcano in the world. At times you can Watch flowing lava at Volcanoes National Park in Kilauea (depending on the mood of “Madame Pele”–the fire goddess of Hawaii). At the very, least you can explore its unique “lavascape”, with its vents spewing steam, its giant chasms and lava craters.
There you can also view ancient Hawaiian petroglyphs and walk-through lava tubes. Standing at just over 5,000 feet, Kilauea is not Big Island’s tallest volcano, but it is certainly the most active.
And, for those wanting a water experience, , and get the thrill of Big Island Hawaii–in a big way! You can rent a kayak or go on a guided trip. Paddle atop the waves, skirting awesome cliffs and waterfalls, or snorkel and swim in a calm, protected cove — your choice. Perhaps you’ll see a few spinner dolphins as you paddle across Captain Cook monument.
Speaking of dolphins, the Hilton Waikola Village on the Big Island, has a program called Dolphin Quest. There, in the lagoon, kids and teenagers, and a few adults, can have the opportunity to swim with the several Atlantic bottle-nosed dolphins. This program is nearly always full. Reservations must be made at least 60 days in advance.
You can go even further by discovering the undersea world’s creatures and their habitat by visiting . Never been in a submarine? Make this a dramatic first — imagine exploring brilliant natural coral reefs, sunken ships, and even downed airplanes — all surrounded by sharks, eels, and exotic turtles!
Before you leave Big Island Hawaii, be sure to visit Mauna Kea. It is the highest point on the isand at 13,796 feet above sea level. And, it is higher than 30,000 feet when measured from its rise on the ocean floor–making it one of the tallest mountains in the world from base to summit. Both the neihboring Maunu Loa and Mauau Kea and have some of the clearest air in the world. As a result, more than two dozen of the world’s finest telescopes are located there. Tours of the University of Hawaii Telescope are available every weekend.
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