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The Big Island can be overwhelming due to its size and how spread out many of the attractions are.  Many first-time visitors expect everything to be situated along a narrow strip, like Waikiki on the island of Oahu.  We have written a series of articles to help you plan your next vacation to the Big Island of Hawaii.  We cover topics like when to go, where to stay, how to get around, what to do, and more. 
Our Travel Planning articles walk your through all you need to know for background information to help you make a good decision on things such as when to visit, where to stay, what to pack, what to see, fun activities, tips for families, and how to save money!
Plan Your Trip
Start off with our first article How to Plan Your Trip to find out about the best times to visit the Big Island and how to plan for your visit.
Regions of the Big Island
For details on all the diverse regions and climate of the island, read our Big Island Overview article. 
Where to Stay
Check out our articles on what part of the island to stay, a comparison of the 5-star resorts, and a guide to discount vacation rentals on the Big Island.
Read the rest of our comprehensive travel planning articles below:
Travel Planning Articles  
Planning your Trip
When to come, how long to stay, books
Regions of the Big Island
Geography and climate descriptions

Vacations for Families
Best family beaches, activities for youngsters, infants, teens

Big Island Transportation
How to get there, plan your driving

Hawaiian Cruise Passengers
Information about port calls in Hawaii

Rent a 4-Wheel Drive SUV
Off-roading on the Big Island
Sample Travel Itineraries
Suggested itineraries, 1-2 day, 1 week
Top 5 Attractions (You Might Miss)
You'll never hear about these...
Island Activities Guide
Guide to the activities & tours
Packing for your Trip
Big Island scenery & weather is diverse
Tips for Traveling with Kids
Packing and flying with kids
Big Island Wedding Planner
How to plan your wedding in Hawaii
Island Hopping
Visit more than one Hawaiian island

Accommodations Articles  
Where to Stay
Three different parts of the island to stay - which is best?
Bargain or 5 Star Hotel
Stay at a resort or a bargain hotel
Vacation Rentals
Big Island Vacation rentals are a deal
Discount Big Island Hotels
Check out the latest rates

Shopping in Hawaii  
Big Island Shopping Guide
Guide to the shopping destinations
Hawaii Souvenirs
The best souvenirs to buy in Hawaii

Gear & Equipment Articles  
Gear for your Trip
Get outfitted with the right gear
GPS Points of Interest (POI)
GPS Coordinates for Points of Interest
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