The Big Island (official name: Hawaii) is the largest island in the Hawaiian archipelago in the Central Pacific, which belongs to the USA.

The diverse landscape includes colorful sandy beaches at Papakolea (green) and Punalu'u (black) as well as lush rainforest. In the Hawaiʻi-Volcanoes National Park there are 2 active volcanoes, Kilauea and Mauna Loa.

Hapuna Beach and Kahalu'u Beach Park in the west are popular snorkeling spots.
The lush, wet east side of the island offers a rainforest, the port city of Hilo, the Hawaii Tropical Botanic Garden and the Akaka Falls State Park.

The west is dry. There are luxury resorts on the Kohala coast and the Kona region offers coffee plantations. To the north is the land of Waimea cattle at the foot of the huge sleeping Mauna Kea, and the remote Waipio Valley is well suited for hiking.

Cultural sites include the Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve with lava rock carvings and Pu'uhonua o Hōnaunau, a sacred cemetery and traditional refuge.