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Product Details

  • Series: Hawaii the Big Island Revealed
  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Wizard Publications Inc.; 5th edition (May 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098146100X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981461007
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

This all-new fifth edition is a candid, humorous guide to everything there is to see and do on the Big Island to plan your best vacation--ever. Best-selling author and longtime Hawai'i resident, Andrew Doughty, unlocks the secrets of an island so vast and diverse that many visitors never realize all that it has to offer. Explore with him as he reveals breathtaking trails, secluded beaches, pristine reefs, delicious places to dine, relaxing resorts, an active volcano and so much more. Every restaurant, activity provider, business and resort is reviewed personally and anonymously. This book and a rental car are all you need to discover what makes the Big Island so exciting.



• The most up-to-date and accurate information available anyplace with up-to-the-minute changes posted to our website



• Frank, brutally honest reviews of restaurants, hotels and activities show you which companies really are the best…and which to avoid--no advertisements



• Driving tours let you structure your trip your way, point out sights not to be missed along the way and are complemented by 120 spectacular color photographs



• 38 specially-created maps in an easy-to-follow format with mile markers—so you’ll always know where you are on the island



• Clear, concise directions to those hard-to-find places such as deserted black sand beaches, tropical rain forests, hidden waterfalls, the most dramatic part of the erupting volcano, freshwater lava pools (some volcanically heated) and scores of other hidden gems listed nowhere else



• 28 pages on Big Island’s beaches with detailed descriptions including ocean safety



• Exciting chapters on adventures, hiking and activities



• Fascinating sections on Hawai'i's history, culture, language and legends



• Companion website with links to every business, events calendar, over 80 resort reviews complete with aerial photos--so you’ll know if oceanfront really means oceanfront



"Hawaii The Big Island Revealed" covers 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 visit. Whether you are a first time visitor, or a longtime kama'aina, you will find out more about the Big Island from this book than from any other source. Discover the island of your dreams with "Hawaii The Big Island Revealed."





"Succeeded in telling us everything there is to know about traveling on the island of Hawaii...this book is essential reading..." Library Journal

"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

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

Book Description

This all-new fifth edition is a candid, humorous guide to everything there is to see and do on the Big Island to plan your best vacation--ever. Best-selling author and longtime Hawai'i resident, Andrew Doughty, unlocks the secrets of an island so vast and diverse that many visitors never realize all that it has to offer. Explore with him as he reveals breathtaking trails, secluded beaches, pristine reefs, delicious places to dine, relaxing resorts, an active volcano and so much more. Every restaurant, activity provider, business and resort is reviewed personally and anonymously. This book and a rental car are all you need to discover what makes the Big Island so exciting.



• The most up-to-date and accurate information available anyplace with up-to-the-minute changes posted to our website



• Frank, brutally honest reviews of restaurants, hotels and activities show you which companies really are the best…and which to avoid--no advertisements



• Driving tours let you structure your trip your way, point out sights not to be missed along the way and are complemented by 120 spectacular color photographs



• 38 specially-created maps in an easy-to-follow format with mile markers—so you’ll always know where you are on the island



• Clear, concise directions to those hard-to-find places such as deserted black sand beaches, tropical rain forests, hidden waterfalls, the most dramatic part of the erupting volcano, freshwater lava pools (some volcanically heated) and scores of other hidden gems listed nowhere else



• 28 pages on Big Island’s beaches with detailed descriptions including ocean safety



• Exciting chapters on adventures, hiking and activities



• Fascinating sections on Hawai'i's history, culture, language and legends



• Companion website with links to every business, events calendar, over 80 resort reviews complete with aerial photos--so you’ll know if oceanfront really means oceanfront



"Hawaii The Big Island Revealed" covers 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 visit. Whether you are a first time visitor, or a longtime kama'aina, you will find out more about the Big Island from this book than from any other source. Discover the island of your dreams with "Hawaii The Big Island Revealed."



Customer Reviews

You will find many interesting places as a result of this book.
JJ
We have used these same series of guide books for Kauai and Maui and Now the Big Island.
Captain Scooter
If you are planning a trip to The Big Island you need to buy this book.
B. Levin

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Arizona Wildman on March 2, 2011
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What else can you say about this book other than, "WOW...what a great book."

My wife and I just returned from 5-nights on Kauai and 4-nights on da Big Island. My only regret is that I bought the Kauai Underground book instead of Kauai Revealed: The Ultimate Guidebook.

For The Big Island we bought The Big Island Revealed: The Ultimate Guidebook. This book coupled with our portable GPS with updated maps made this the most productive Hawaii trip I have ever made. (I have been to the islands about 8 times. Usually, flying by the seat of my pants.) This trip we really wanted to do things "Island Style" and see more of what usually just the locals experience.

The Kauai Underground book was really nothing more than a big advertisement for outfitter guides and owners of businesses I would suspect are the owner's friends. They would tell you about great stuff to do, but then point you to the outfitters, not making it easy for you to do yourself.

Hawaii The Big Island Revealed: The Ultimate Guidebook was really the best guidebook I have read. It offers detailed maps that even include the highway mile markers, so you know when you are approaching where you need to pull-over and turn. When we were heading down a lonely 4-wheel drive road, it was often just my wife and I, and occasionally we would see another vehicle--usually with the co-pilot referencing this very same book. We would not have found or even known about many of the Hawaiian Archeological Sites without this book. The US and Hawaiian Government do a very poor job of letting you know how to find these sites. (It may be more by design than accident.) Andrew Doughty does an excellent job letting you know how to get there.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By J. Karp on January 15, 2011
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I think this book works best as a comprehensive listing of attractions and activities. When I visited the Big Island with this book along, it was a great way to find cool things to do, many of them that other guidebooks missed. And its descriptions seemed to be pretty accurate.

However, this book isn't any good at describing how to get to these places. They seem to assume you'll be driving one-by-one through each of the attractions listed for an area: the 'directions' they give for the attractions assume you're coming from the previous thing listed. If you're already in some area, and see one particular thing listed in the book you want to swing by and see, you have to jump several pages back in the book and read a bunch of the previous entries to backtrace a route. And even if you do that, and follow along, its not very clear. For example, I had a horrible time locating the Tropical Botanical Gardens north of Kona, and had to ask some locals, who took all of ten seconds to convey what the book could not.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Deadhead on March 14, 2011
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we were told to buy this book before our honeymoon and it was the best investment ever. This book literally saved us hundreds of dollars by showing you all the little secret beach spots, waterfalls, local cheap food places,etc. Easiest quick tip: right off the plane go to costco ro wlamart and buy water, snorkel gear, food. we used the snorkel gear the whole time and gave it to one of local kids on the beach. we also bought this book for Maui too. Awesome author and love the secret local spots for snorkleing and sightseeing. I want to go BACK!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hannelore Reeb on January 6, 2009
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The only thing that kept me from giving this a 5 star rating is the "web review" listings...If I am travelling around with my book, I want that to be the only thing to which I refer without having to take the extra step of going to a computer.

The book has a lot of great insightful observations about what to do and see around the island. Savvy travelers and hospitality folks love the book and rave about it all the time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wilhelmine Shuck on February 11, 2011
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This is one of the books we bought before we moved to the Big Island, and in the end, was the only one we used and used regularly. We lived in the southernmost spot on the island - at Punalu`u, between Na`alehu and Pahala, and were surprised at the amount of material covered in the book about this area. We still haven't discovered every nook and cranny of this island, and know that we will keep buying updated editions of this book to tell us about such things as eateries, hidden campgrounds.
I believe this book is for the upscale traveler as much as for the outdoor/camping budget person.
When we were newbies-and later- we relied on The Big Island Revealed for restaurants, cultural information; now we simply refer to it. Sure, we could go on-line for much of the information, but this can be held in your hand and referred to at the spur of the moment.
One caveat: some information, such as restaurants, roads and some lodging info, must be updated regularly. If there are factual inaccuracies, they are probably due to changes in restaurants and hotels. For this reason it is important to have the latest edition. Historical information remains constant,of course.
This book is a keeper. It is good not just for one trip, but we consider it to be a valuable addition to our library.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By W. Gwinn on October 17, 2010
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Wow, this book was great for our trip. We saw many wonderful things that we would have missed using Fodor's. After the first day, the Fodor's guide stayed in our hotel room and this was our exclusive guide. This book helped us find a private tour of miles-long lava tube, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, and many fine restaurants. The guide is geared to driving yourself, and you can do fantastically good route planning. One thing most people want from The Big Island is to see lava, and this book has plenty of advice. You will NOT lava see from the roadside tourist locations at Volcanic National Park, which features steam vents and some orange glow. Besides the book's advice, we were very pleased with the Lava Boat (see Lava Ocean Adventure Tours at [...], which offers a close-up view from the ocean. The book warned that helicopters do not get close to the lava; and that helped us pick the boat instead. The recommendation to use Kazumura Cave Tours (page 180) to see the longest lava tube in the world was worth the price of the book. The thing is 80 feet high, has many formations, and runs for miles.
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