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Hawaii The Big Island Revealed; The Ultimate Guidebook Paperback – February, 1999
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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 throughoutNo Advertisements.
Fascinating stories and legends from all around the island.
Weve covered it allfrom 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 kamaaina, you will find out more about the Big Island from this book than from any other source. Discover the Hawaii youve always imagined with Hawaii The Big Island Revealed.
Top customer reviews
Ironically, it's a best seller at Costco on the Big Island! Locals aren't big fans but they already know everything they say!!
I will update this review after visiting HI. I have bookmarked several pages for trips I'm taking across the island, so I will update with my experiences in comparison to the author's perspective.
Our trip was fantastic and much of that is thanks to this wonderful and thorough guide book. The authors are locals of Hawaii and fill this book with useful information on customs, language, restaurants, and the best locations for any activity you'd like to do on the island. They provide costs, numbers to local businesses, tips on utilizing your time and seeing the best locations, and they tell you when you'll need FWD to gain access to a site. Highly recommend renting a car with FWD capabilities!!
On the Big Island, whether you are Kona or Hilo side, very often there is no service. None. During our trip we used this book and its easy navigation far more than we did GPS or Google Maps. So necessary!
The authors gives us all of this with a great sense of humor, compassion, and at a reasonable price. My only complaint is that we stayed on the Hilo side and the book is geared more for Kona side activities. It even plans a trip across the island, starting from Kona. That makes sense, however, as Kona is the more touristy side of the island and has calmer and cleaner water ideal for snorkeling. Couldn't recommend this book enough!
PS if you're on the Hilo side on Wednesday night, head out to Kalapana to go to the Farmer's Market to eat wonderful food and dance with the locals to live music! Aloha and mahalo!