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Product Details

  • Series: Hawaii the Big Island Revealed
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Wizard Pubns; 2nd edition (February 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0963942964
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963942968
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"A colorful book…covers it all…I was pleased by the numerous little tips that can make a trip more pleasant." -- The San Diego Union-Tribune

"Everything there is to know...Written in clear and lively language, with abundant color illustrations...Excellent maps...Essential reading." -- Library Journal

"Superbly researched and easy-to-read reference…It's jammed with details and maps." -- Houston Chronicle

From the Publisher

The most comprehensive yet easy to use guidebook ever written for the Big Island. The Big Island is so big and diverse that many visitors never realize all that it has to offer. We unlock its secrets. Our brand new second edition has more useful information, the most up to date maps, and scores of hidden gems listed nowhere else. This book and a rental car are all you need to discover what makes the Big Island so exciting.

Our 38 specially created maps include beach access to even the most remote beaches, mile markers (so you always know where you are), hiking trails, and numerous details in an easy to follow format.

Deserted black sand beaches, secluded freshwater lava pools (some volcanically heated), pristine rain forests, lava tubes, hidden waterfalls, and the most dramatic part of the erupting volcano shown nowhere else.

Web site with links to every business, last minute changes and more.

Driving tours of the island let you structure your trip your way.

Special section on Adventures.

Clear, concise directions to get to those hard to find places.

Only book ever banned at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Visitor Center for being “too honest” and “revealing too much.”

Symbols quickly identify recommended sights and companies.

Easy to use; no thumbing through every page looking for what you want.

Written by island residents who know the island.

Actual prices for restaurants, hotels, and activities. (Not vague symbols such as three forks to indicate meal prices or general terms such as moderately priced.) Frank, honest opinions throughout—No Advertisements.

Fascinating stories and legends from all around the island.

We’ve covered it all—from the snow-covered top of Mauna Kea, to the sparkling underwater reefs. This is the best investment you can make for your Big Island trip. Whether you are a first time visitor, or a long time kama‘aina, you will find out more about the Big Island from this book than from any other source. Discover the Hawaii you’ve always imagined with Hawaii The Big Island Revealed.


More About the Author

Andrew Doughty has been exploring and writing about the Hawaiian Islands for many years and is the best-selling guidebook writer in the United States, with millions of books in print. Andrew reviews every business anonymously and has hiked and GPSed every trail, secluded beach and special place described in his books. When he's not on the ground, you'll find him in the air in his airplane designed specifically for aerial photography.

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I recommend this book for anyone planning a trip to the Big Island.
Tanya N. Moran
The maps are accurate, the pictures are plentiful and vivid; and we found the information true and accurate.
"2wanna"
For self-planners who love to get out and about and find some hidden gems, this is the book for you.
Ronald A. Nelson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

91 of 100 people found the following review helpful By "2wanna" on November 25, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is well written with lots of cultural and historical information as well as a lot of humorous comments that kept us laughing. The Volcano National Park quit selling this book because of all the "inside" information it reveals that they don't want travelers to know about. It took the authors over 2 years to put this book together, not 6 weeks like most other Travel Guides. These folks live here and know the ropes! The book has broken the Big Island down into geographic sections with sights, places to stay, dining(prices ranges and ONO recommendations), and beaches for each. It also includes sections on activities, and adventures such as snorkeling, scuba, whale watching, etc. We found that a lot of roads were not marked, but this book lays out "secret" beaches, how to get to them (mile markers), and even tunes you into how not to get "taken" by the locals. Example: When visiting the Green Sand Beach, the locals try to charge $5 for parking and make you walk the 2 1/2 hike. The authors tell you they do not work for the Dept. of Hawaiian Homelands and have no right to charge this fee (also, there was an incident where signs were posted to keep out-Private Property, but the book revealed that you CAN use the road to get to the beach. Without that information, we would have not ventured down that road!) They highly recommend that you rent a JEEP to get around the Island. Invaluable advice! Sure saved us a lot of walking! Throughout the book, there are sites marked with "A Real Gem" Icon, "Diversion Alert!" and "Not to be Missed!" signs. The maps are accurate, the pictures are plentiful and vivid; and we found the information true and accurate. The only thing we think needs updating is the section on Saddle Road.Read more ›
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 15, 1999
Format: Paperback
It bothers me when I talk to people and they say "there's nothing to do on the islands and everything is so commercialized" We always try to go to the out of way places that locals tell us about. The last trip to Hawaii (Nov. 1997) we found the book Hawaii: The Big Island Revealed and really found some great places that most tourist would never know about. Since then I have recommended to several and say it is a must if you are going to Hawaii. The book is broken down in a very nice way and easy to follow. The maps are very easy to read and the color photos make you want to see it all. I hope they come out with one for each of the other islands. With staying in a condo and fixing a picnic lunch at breakfast we had truly enjoyable days really seeing Hawaii. Many a day we found a picnic table with great view and lot of time close to the ocean with the sound of it. This year we hope to go to Kauai or Maui so am hunting book for them so we can really see that island. We have been to all 3 several times but not like the '97 trip.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Timothy A. Wise on July 26, 2002
Format: Paperback
I bought this book (and "The Ultimate Kaua`i Guidebook") on the recommendation of several people on a travel message board. This was our forth trip to the Hawaiian Islands and my wife and I were going there to spend a week on The Big Island and a week on Kaua`i. We wanted to see the most we could and we felt these books might help us make better plans to do just that. And did it ever! We ended up finding that one week on each island wasn't enough and we are already planning our next trip.
Their off-the-beaten-path places are just awesome. From exploring a lava tube that empties out 20 feet over the water near Pu`uhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park to driving (with a 4WD SUV) down into Waipio Valley; from touring the top of Mauna Kea (the highest point in all of Hawai`i) to hiking out to touch the molten lava flowing from Pu`u O`o; from seeing a "lava tree" at Lava Tree State Park to tasting some organically grown fruit at a roadside stand.....you'll find the details in this book. And their accurate maps and directions to the out-of-the-way places will keep even the most wayward soul from getting lost.
My wife and I cannot recommend this book enough. If you like to explore the places you visit, this book is for you. Well worth it's weight in gold....well, almost. :)
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By C. Rossomando on January 14, 2000
Format: Paperback
The Big Island Revealed is the only book you will need while touring the Big Island. The content is accurate and excellent. The book is broken down into locations. We toured a location a day and found the descriptions excellent. The authors cite mile makers for each route which is an easy way to find cites. We highly recommended this book and hope the authors (who live on the Big Island) will write like books for the other islands.
It should be noted that the B&B we stayed in had purchased this book for each room for their guests to use since they felt it was excellent, also.
Warning, we do not recommend tourists with 2WD rentals try either "The Road to the Sea" nor "Manna Rd". Both of these were too dangerous.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
Well written, very attractive layout and production, lots of useful recommendations, and good maps. I appreciated the fact that the author is a scuba diver; I dived with both of the dive outfits that the book recommended and concur with the author's assessment.
I also appreciated the reviews of the different brands of Kona coffee, since it's so hard for a visitor to know which brands to avoid. (We visited Greenwell's based on this book's recommended list; their Private Reserve is worth it.)
I will definitely return to the Big Island to try out more of the outings suggested in this book.
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