Welcome to Hawaii’s famous Big Island — home of a live volcano, Technicolor sunsets, endless recreation and a laid-backlifestyle. Here is my week on the Big Island, in photos:
In This Hawaii Photo Essay You Will Discover:
- The Beauty of a Volcanic Sunset
- A Smoking Crater
- An Underwater Greeting
- And More!
If you’ve ever read any of my other Hawaii posts, you already know what a huge fan I am of these tiny, tropical islands in the Pacific. They feel like home to me. A Hawaiian local once told me that the Islands are now calling the “Old Hawaiians” back home; the feeling I have — the connection — may well mean I was once an Islander myself… in another life, that is.
Regardless of where your beliefs lie, however, we can all agree the islands are beautiful. And I was once a Maui Man myself — though a recent week (our honeymoon!) on the Big Island may have me leaning towards it as the Big Kahuna.
Here are 24 photos of Hawaii’s Big Island, from one unforgettable week:
Volcanic gasses make for outstanding sunsets.
Some intrepid divers built this underwater, at a depth of about 10 metres.
Hapuna Beach — the Island’s nicest, and busiest, beach.
Pu`uhonua O Hōnaunau – if you broke ancient Hawaiian law, the punishment was death — unless you made it here before they got you…
One day, I’ll be a waterman.
Watching the International Space Station pass overtop Mauna Kea.
Kailua’s ever-smoking caldera.
Kona Coffee — the world’s finest bean.
Home to perhaps the best sunsets in the world…
Hawaii has plenty of drive-to snorkel spots.
Volcanoes National Park’s famous “Road Closed” sign.
Free-diving at Two Steps.
Puffer fish — pre-puff.
Inside the dank, dark Thurston Lava Tube.
Star gazing at Mauna Kea’s Visitor Center — 9,200 feet above sea level.
Lava flows have destroyed more than 100 homes since 1983.
Kua Bay — in case you’d heard the Big Island lacks nice beaches.
Lava overtook the Chain of Craters Drive in the 1970s.
Heading out on a night-paddle.
The lunar-like landscape of Volcanoes National Park.
Pu`uhonua O Hōnaunau — the place of refuge.
Happiness is a warm sun.