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The Island of Hawaii is the youngest island in the Hawaiian chain and is also by far the biggest, providing a vast canvas of environments to discover a variety of unrivaled natural wonders. This is the home of one of the world’s most active volcanoes (Kilauea), the tallest sea mountain in the world at more than 33,000 feet (Maunakea), the most massive mountain in the world (Maunaloa) and the largest park in the state (Hawaii Volcanoes National Park). All but two of the world’s climate zones generate everything from lush rain forests to volcanic deserts, snow-capped mountaintops to beautiful black sand beaches. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a journey off the beaten path, you’ll discover it all on Hawaii, the Big Island.

Having been to the Island of Hawaii (or the Big Island) a handful of times, I am always drawn to the flowing lava. My first encounter was in 1986, shortly after the now infamous fissure that has kept lava flowing ever since. We encountered the lava around dusk, and I stood mesmerized just a few feet away as it hit the ocean. I have not stood so close to the lava since, but I always seek it out from various vantage points–helicopter, hikes to remote lookouts, evening tours or just strolls around the park.


If you’ve never been to the Big Island, I always suggest a trip to the Sheraton Keauhou for the afternoon feeding of the manta rays. For the more adventurous, you can also snorkel with the mantas in the dark of night. For the less adventurous snorklers (or those of you who aren’t strong swimmers, like me) Kealakekua Bay (Captain Cook’s Cove as most tourists call it) offers the calmest and most vibrant snorkeling of any of the islands. Only Hanauma Bay on Oahu even comes close to these naturally calm waters filled with sea creatures.
Hawaii has always been one of my favorite destinations; possibly my favorite warm weather vacation. My personal knowledge combined with my exclusive Ensemble amenities available at a variety of luxury resorts, great deals on accommodations and experiences, and a wide variety of packages let me offer you an amazing vacation customized just for your family. Call 206/407.3535 or email today!

— Kristie Macris

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