Hawaii The Big Island Revealed: The Ultimate Guidebook

All New! 9th Edition

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The finest guidebook ever written for the Big Island. Now you can plan your best vacation—ever. This all-new ninth edition is a candid, humorous guide to everything there is to see and do on the Big Island. 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, Kilauea 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 accurate up-to-date information available anyplace with up-to-the-minute changes posted to our website and smartphone app. The app is an optional separate purchase and includes features not possible in a book, but it provides free access to over 90 resort reviews with our detailed aerial photos—so you’ll know if oceanfront really means oceanfront—and you can filter them fast to find features and amenities you’re looking for.
  • 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 over 120 spectacular color photographs
  • 35 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, lava flows, freshwater lava pools and scores of other hidden gems listed nowhere else  
  • 32 pages on Big Island’s beaches with detailed descriptions including ocean safety
  • 70 pages of exciting adventures and activities
  • All new and expanded Island Dining chapter with over 160 places to eat
  • Fascinating sections on Hawai‘i’s history, culture, language and legends

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.

“The best guidebook to the Big Island. Every nook and cranny is explored by a longtime resident.”—Condé Nast Traveler

Hawaii Revealed App - Over 800K Downloads

Island Maps, Beaches, Resorts, Restaurants & more..

Our app differs from the books because the information changes literally every single day. When something out of the ordinary happens, such as an approaching hurricane, we can introduce a new chapter right to your app seamlessly and keep you up-to-date literally hour by hour. When the Big Island’s volcano was causing disruption to visitor plans, for instance, we were on it. And when things settled down, we completely revamped many sections and pushed them immediately to the app. (The app user doesn’t have to do anything, it happens automatically.) The app is geo-aware so we have lots of additional technological features that aren’t possible with books as well as filters, favourites, etc. And the app has our custom-made geo-referenced maps that are huge with our readers. Want to read about a particular beach? At the top of the description is what ocean conditions will be like that day. 5.0 Star Ratings on the App Store. Read Reviews here.

Hawaii The Big Island Revealed: The Ultimate Guidebook

ebook, 9th edition

The same great guidebook in an e-book format. Completely searchable with adjustable text and the ability to bookmark your favorite pages for easy reference. Great for reading on-the-go or by the pool on your favorite device. Use with our Hawaii Revealed app to know where you are and where you need to go. Works on most tablets including iPad, Kindle, Nook and Android. isbn: 978-1-949678-01-7  

Author’s Note

In all my travels, the Big Island of Hawai‘i is the most diverse place I’ve ever seen. This island literally has it all. Where else can you drive up to a snow-capped mountain of nearly 14,000 feet, then cruise down to a heavenly beach and snorkel in warm waters on an 85°F day? Exotic rain forests, stark lava deserts, crystal clear waters packed with fish, an erupting volcano, old Hawai‘i towns and modern out-of-this-world resorts. Swim with dolphins, hike around smoldering craters, luxuriate in decadent spas or roll around on a black or even green sand beach. I can—and do—go on and on. Live your dreams during your Big Island trip.

What Readers Have to Say

“I just completed my homemade DVDs covering the Hawaii trip my husband and I took last May in celebration of our 50th anniversary. That reminded me that I wanted to let Andrew know how great his books and apps are. We have always loved travel and new experiences. My husband is an excellent “tour guide.” We usually have lots of travel sources but who needs them! I used your apps on our iPad almost exclusively. We didn’t really even need other maps! And the ease of finding the info we needed! Wow! I can’t praise your works enough. I just wish you had such for every location we want to go to! THANK YOU SO MUCH! We will definitely recommend your works to everyone.”

- L. Sandefer