The island of Hawaii is known as “the Big Island.” There are a couple of reasons for that. One is that it really is big — larger than all of the other islands combined! Secondly, it's a good way to distinguish between the island of Hawaii and Hawaii the state.
The Big Island is truly amazing. Nowhere else on the islands will you find such an incredible diversity of environments, from stark lava deserts that stretch for miles to snow-capped mountains. And now here else can you drive around over a live volcano. You'll also find one of the biggest cattle ranches in the country, complete with cowboys!