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No. 10: Big Island, Hawaii

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2009 ranking:
No. 9.
The sheer size of
Hawaii’s southernmost island, which dropped one rating point in this year’s
survey, is staggering: not only is the wedge-shaped landmass the biggest island
in the U.S., it’s also bigger than plenty of entire countries. The island’s
attractions run the gamut from zip-lining through rainforests to sunning on
volcanic black beaches, and from diving with manta rays to snowboarding (yes,
snowboarding). But its truly singular destination is Hawaii Volcanoes National
Park—where you can watch Kilauea, one of the planet’s most active volcanoes,
pumping out prodigious spreads of fiery molten lava.

World's Best Islands 2010

No. 10: Big Island, Hawaii

2009 ranking:
No. 9.
The sheer size of
Hawaii’s southernmost island, which dropped one rating point in this year’s
survey, is staggering: not only is the wedge-shaped landmass the biggest island
in the U.S., it’s also bigger than plenty of entire countries. The island’s
attractions run the gamut from zip-lining through rainforests to sunning on
volcanic black beaches, and from diving with manta rays to snowboarding (yes,
snowboarding). But its truly singular destination is Hawaii Volcanoes National
Park—where you can watch Kilauea, one of the planet’s most active volcanoes,
pumping out prodigious spreads of fiery molten lava.

Tor Johnson/Hawaii Tourism Authority

World's Best Islands 2010

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