If you think Hawaii is only about resorts, pools and beaches, think again. The Big Island of Hawaii has so many active adventures outside the gates of the resort. You can hike to waterfalls, bike volcanoes, paddle with dolphins, and snorkel with Manta Rays.
To get a feel for the rich diversity of the island, fly into Hilo and out of Kona.
As the jet makes its arching descent across Hilo Bay on the Big Island of Hawaii, we‘re mesmerized by the tropical tableau below – translucent blue water fringed with green rolling hills. The couple across the aisle compares the scenery to Ireland. But when my husband and I step off the plane the floral fragrances and warm trade winds leave no doubt that we’re in Hawaii.
Next blog: Where to stay to get the feel for the real Hawaii.