Hawaii the Big Island Trailblazer
A guide for families and outdoor adventurers alike, the new and completely revised Trailblazer takes you to all of the Big Island’s famous attractions, as well as its hidden spots. Nearly twice the size of the rest of Hawaii combined, the Big Island presents a challenge to adventure travelers with limited time. Trailblazer comes to the rescue with its trademark organization and clear directions for . . .
156 hikes and strolls: the peaks of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, the shores of Waipio Valley and Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, rain forests and tropical gardens, waterfalls, petroglyph fields, and the Kona Coast
75 snorkeling and swimming spots including remote hike-to specials
39 surfing spots: boards, bodyboarding, and body surfing
24 bike trails for adventure cyclists: mountain, coastal, forest, pasture
25 campgrounds and rustic cabin hideaways
Hawaii the Big Island Trailblazer also includes . . .
9 maps and more than 200 photographs
A Trailblazer Kids section for adventuring famiies
A Best Of section that lets you pick the right activity for the right day
Resource Links with hand-picked accommodations and restaurants,recreational outfitters, transportation, and visitor information
Hawaiian culture and history_Museums, attractions and shoppingDriving tours to the Parker Ranch and Kohala Coast, Hilo and the Heritage Coast, and Kona coffee country_Safety tips and trip-planning advice .
With its obscure roads and enormous size–nearly twice that of the rest of the Hawaiian Islands combined–the Big Island presents a challenge to adventure travelers who have limited time. The Hawaii The Big Island Trailblazer comes to the rescue with clear driving and trail descriptions to all of nature’s all-stars, from the top of Mauna Kea to the shores of Kealakekua Bay. Presenting vivid maps and its easy-to-use format, Trailblazer is a personal tour guide that fits in your knapsack. Hikers, snorkelers, and surfers can zero in on all the island’s scenic masterpieces, as well as seek out the quiet wonders the Sprouts are known to discover.
You’ll find jungle valleys, blue lagoons, red-hot lava, hidden beaches, and starry nights on the tallest peak in the world. A separate map and listing shows bicyclists the island’s hottest single tracks, along with trans-island cycling routes. Several driving tours take you to the Big Island’s panoramas, but don’t neglect the local-style galleries and restaurants, coffee and macadamia farms, and cultural curiosities. Handpicked accommodations present campsites and rustic digs, plus choice B&B’s and resorts, both glitzy and budget. Hundreds of beautiful photographs illustrate a text rich with historical and cultural background. Reading Trailblazer gives you the feeling of being there, and then makes you want to get up and go!