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The Big Island of Hawaii is the island chain's largest and newest island. It is so new in fact that it is still growing through a continuous series of volcanic eruptions and it is this very phenomenon that provides the basis for many of the Big Islands most popular Activities and Tours.

Perhaps the most dynamic of these Live Volcano Tours are the unbelievable Helicopter Flights and fixed wing Air Tours.

Since the areas where much of the volcanic activity is most prominent are far too dangerous to visit on land, these provide the ultimate view of the various active cinder cones, lava tubes complete with flowing lava and volcanic vents.

These are flights like no other in the Hawaiian Islands.

Sightseeing Tours also of course play an important role in transporting visitors to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and surrounding areas.

Hiking Tours are also popular ways to visit these areas in a more 'up close and personal' manner and we also have unique Bike Tours that allow you to visit this volcanic belt at a leisurely pace allowing much time for viewing.

The Big Island of Hawaii is decidedly split into two distinct regions, the wet side and the dry side which are often referred to as the Hilo side and the Kona side respectively.

The active volcanoes are located on the Hilo side and this is also the side of the island where you will find the largest confluence of Zipline activities and courses on any of the islands.

Zipping through jungles and over giant waterfalls are the trademarks of many of these Zipline Sites and they are 'beyond' thrilling and a great adventure.

This side of the island is also the home of the ATV Rides on the island and indeed this is the very first place in Hawaii to offer these exciting tours.

The Hilo side is also the area where you will find Horseback Riding adventures on the island on the various ranchland expanses that the Big Island is so well known for.

A unique, unforgettable and often difficult to make reservations for activity that is found on the islands 'wet side' is the spectacular Flumin Kohala Tour which leads you on a magical Kayaking adventure through the flume systems of the North Kohala rain forests.

Many other Unique Tours can be found throughout this region and others on the island such as the stargazing and bird watching tours.

The Kona side of the island is primarily known for its spectacular activities that take place on the ocean.

Primary among these are Kona's famous Sport Fishing Charters as this is an area that is world renown as one of the best big game fishing locations on the planet.

If you are looking to catch a marlin in Hawaii, this is probably the place it will happen.

The snorkeling along this coastline is considered by many to be the very best that Hawaii has to offer and many Snorkeling Tours are available here.

Dolphins and Manta Rays also frequent the coastline here and this is one of the few places you can actually get into the water and swim with these magnificent creatures.

This coastline is also a perfect location to take a Kayak Tour, Surfing Lesson, Jet -Ski or Parasail ride, Submarine or Glass Bottom Boat ride, Sunset Sail, Dinner Cruise, Sailing Charter, custom Private Boat Charter or any one of a number of Water Sports packages.

The Big Island was the home of Hawaii's most famous king, King Kamehameha, and the entire island is steeped in Hawaiian lore and tradition.

There is no better way to tap into this rich heritage than to attend one of the Big Islands magnificent Luaus.

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Particularly have the geography of The Big Island relates to the activities that you could find on this island. Another way to look at this will be discussing the specific activities that you could be doing on this island that you cannot do on others. These are things that if you're coming to Hawaii and you have certain things you wanted to do on certain islands. These maybe things you would have an interest in participating in while you're on The Big Island.

Let's talk, to begin with about the geography of The Big Island and how it relates to the different activities and tours that you can do. First of all, keep in mind that this is called The Big Island also often called The Island of Hawaii. The Big island because it is a big island, it is bigger than all of the other islands combined. You can put them all inside here land area-wise and you still room left over, which is huge. It's one of the things that people need to understand when they go to The Big Island is that these distances it just takes awhile to get between things. People think that they can go to one area to another quickly and it's usually not the case. Many of things that happened here are a day event as soon as you get on the road to go out to see. It's going to be a full day to do.

The island itself is volcanic obviously, and all of the islands of Hawaii are made from Volcanoes. The distinction of this island and all the others is that this one is an active volcano or series of Volcanoes here on The Big Island. They're currently active, they are not dormant they, they are not extinct. If you're looking to find lava and volcanic activity in Hawaii, The Big Island is where you're going to go.

It's made up of two large mountains. One that is here, wish you could see a little bit more in relief but this is Mauna Kea, and then you got down here Mauna Loa. They're both enormous, they're the largest by far of the islands that we have in terms of height. They go up 13,000 feet plus. Mauna Kea is higher than Mauna Loa about 350 feet higher. Then you have these giant mountains that just can be seen from the horizon from far away. From Maui, you can look over and you can see these giant mountains, but also on the coastline or more on the coast off the side of Mauna Loa. You're going to see Kilauea Volcano. That is really the area where we get the largest amount of volcanic activity at this point in time. It's actually going off since the mid-70s and a continuous basis. Every day some lava would be emitted, it will go down and streams and ends up pouring into the ocean. It is a site to behold, it's not every day that as spectacular as the day before it usually these things go in spurts. Sometimes it's just really going off, other times just moderate but it's kind of always happening. If you were to take a Helicopter or an Air Tour over The Big Island, you would see that there are areas throughout the entire island where you see lava flows on top of lava flows and you can easily see the distinction between them like this one is on 1902, this one 1814, and here's one on 1837, and you can see the different discolorations where they actually stopped and far they have decomposed and so one, from different colors and different shades.

The entire island is made up of this lava, but much of the new lava as you can see is happening over here. This is the island that we have to work with in terms of activities. If you were saying that, what is the most important thing that is happening there that is unique that you couldn't find anywhere else would have to be.

Everyone should probably consider going to Hawaii to make sure that you can get over to this area, one way or another to see the Volcanic Activity because it's something you would probably not able to see in your lifetime anyplace else, and it's so convenient to see it here because the volcanoes that we have oozes out, they do not explode and they are a little bit safer in that regard. You actually get fairly close to these lava flows and see them. It's something that is not used to seeing in your regular life probably. The volcanic activity is something that you wanted to make sure that you can get to. You can do this on your own, you can take a Rental Car or something like that, and go over to see it but there's also many tours that we have. The advantage of course of taking the tours is you have a little bit of somebody that's explaining a lot of things that you probably wouldn't be aware of, taking into places that you would not now be there and sharing with you in a unique way. Anyway, big time lava.

If you're going to be a tourist if you're going to be visiting over here. There's basically two sides of the island, two major areas for tourist. One, and the most popular is going to be this side, the Kona side of the island. This is also the dry side its refer to as all of the islands in Hawaii have a windward and leeward side. So this is leeward, and it's also dry and what that means you're going to get usually less rain, more sunshine, and also you've got the giant white sand beaches that will happen along the leeward sides.

On the other side, you've got Hilo. These are going to be the tradewinds coming in this direction. You've got the wind, rain situations that are happening. Hilo is a very rainy town, but it is also very green and this entire coastline is so beautiful, and you've got waterfalls and all that sort of things. It's very beautiful to go over to the Hilo side, to the windward side and that point in time, making sure that you're going to see the Volcanoes or some aspect of what's going on over there. But if you're going to be a tourist primarily. You're going to end up in these areas, probably 95% of the people have come to the island are going to be on the Kona side. Make sure to go see the volcano, that's one thing you wanted to do for sure.

What else is important on The Big Island that really makes it unique and different? One of the answers is big time, is the sportfishing that we have here. You can sportfish on any of the Hawaiian islands. Probably the single best place that we have anywhere in Hawaii is going to be on The Big Island on the Kona coast, and it's been that way for years and years. Part of the reasoning for that has to do the fact, that this coastline has a huge drop off that occurs here that goes down thousands of feet right away. It lures the bigger fish, this is the home of the Pacific Blue Marlin, it's over a thousand pounds. This is where you're going to get it. It's just been known as a place for Sportfishing for years and for years, and we've got in Honok?hau, one of the areas that we have all the harbor and all the fishing boats. There's more of you can find any other islands obviously because it's such good fishing there. One of the things that are going to need about that is you got a lot of boats that go out, and because we have so many boats over there. They're very competitive and the pricing could be reasonable in comparison to other places. This is the spot that you wanted to do some sports fishing. If you have the opportunity to pick between islands and if that's what you want, Sportfishing on The Big Island is where it's happening.

It also goes with the idea of Snorkeling in general, just getting in the water and seeing things is really fantastic on The Big Island, there's a lot of fish, lots of other things that are going on there too, coral formations, we've got down by Captain Cook, Kealakekua Bay. This is a beautiful place to go to snorkeling, we have a number of boats that go out there, and Kayaks too. There are lots of areas that we've got like caves, and cruising too. It's a beautiful place for Snorkeling.

Along with that, talking about ocean activities in such. One of the things that are really well that this coastline is well-known for is it's Dolphins and it's Manta Rays. In fact, you cannot only see Dolphins which is everybody seems to have an interest in, but you can actually get into the water and swim with them, that's a real treat. People lined up for this, try to organize trips to see these Dolphins in the wild it's not in captivity, it's the real deal and they're really respectful for the Dolphins, basically set themselves up in a place that they know they're going to cruise through you. You can really get close to them, they usually tend to be curious and the idea is not to get in their way. Just let them continue with their lifestyle and pass right through you, but it is an amazing thing.

The other thing that we have in the evenings, we have the Manta Rays usually at sunset. Where we have the big lights and they attract the Mantas. This is the only place you're going to find that.

These are unique activities that are wonderful to do that you're going to find on The Island of Hawaii.

Up here in Hawaii, we have the very first place we ever had the ATVs on the island, so you can bet that's going to be a great place to enjoy getting out into the hinterland and doing some off-roading.

This entire coastline in the back. We don't have anything on this side on the western side, but on the Hilo side is where we have a preponderance of Zip Lines. It's really some of the coolest Zip Lines you'll find in the State. Some really long ones and giant waterfalls that you will near or kind of go over valleys with the streams and beautiful views of the ocean and so on, that's really something that. We have these on other islands and their great on other islands too, and I mentioned that because there are some incredibly beautiful ones that are here.

Keep in mind that all the other activities that you couldn't do on other islands are many of them, you can be doing here as well. Luaus, Diving and all sorts of other things but the activities that I've mentioned are really ones that are unique to this island. If you're really have an interest in doing any of these stuff, you want to do it on The Big Island.


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