The Big Island’s main attractions include:
- Volcanoes National Park, which features two active volcanoes: Kilauea and Mauna Loa.
- Punaluu Beach, Hawaii’s most famous black sand beach.
- Offroading adventures to green sand beaches, volcano summits, and more.
The Big Island is the Hawaiian chain’s youngest island, and it’s twice as big as the rest of the Hawaiian Islands combined. With a population just over 186,000 people, you’ll find plenty of wild and remote areas to explore. The Big Island is also the most geographically diverse of the Hawaiian Islands with mountains that reach almost 14,000 feet, tropical rainforests, breathtaking waterfalls, and more.
The Big Island has two major population centers: Kona and Hilo. Hilo makes up about a third of the island’s population. It’s also the Hawaiian islands’ oldest city. Kona is the tourism center of the island with the majority of the island’s accommodations. It’s also a major hub for recreational activities.
Although the Big Island features the lowest housing prices, jobs can be hard to come by. Unemployment can be high on the island, so you’ll make a softer landing on the Big Island if you can secure a job before you arrive. Agriculture is a big industry on the island, producing the majority of the Hawaiian island’s macadamia nuts, coffee, tropical flowers, and fruits. As a side, note, if you’re looking for a non-traditional lifestyle, you’ll find kindred spirits on the Big Island among residents who live off the land or work in agricultural communes.
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