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Hawaii the Big Island Revealed: The Ultimate Guidebook Paperback – Apr 20 2011


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  • Paperback: 311 pages
  • Publisher: Wizard Pubns; 6 edition (April 20 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981461069
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981461069
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #71,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With 38 excellent maps, full color throughout, filled with candor and humor, and superbly researched, this guide "tells you everything there is to know about traveling to Hawaii" ("Library Journal"). The guide covers everything from boogie boarding to snorkeling to snow skiing the mountain slopes. Reviews 121 restaurants and 62 accommodations.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leonard Baak on Sept. 27 2013
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I'd purchased the Fodor's and Frommer's guide books on Hawaii, which cover all islands. Andrew Doughty's books were recommended to me by a Hawaiian lady I rented a cottage from. I'd seen them while searching on Amazon, but I thought I could save money by buying the "all island" books instead. Mistake. These island specific books by Doughty are much better than the Fodor's and Frommer's "all island" books in my opinion (I bought Doughty's Big Island and Kauai books). Not that the Fodor's or Frommer's Hawaii books were bad, they were just not nearly as good. Doughty's recommendations helped make for an awesome family vacation on the Big Island and Kauai. His writing is readable and entertaining. We carried the books in the car wherever we went. Each book has an accompanying smart phone app (sold separately for iPhone or Android) that is a great complement to the book. It uses the phone GPS to tell you what is nearby and even shows your exact position when on a hiking trail out of cell phone coverage area! I will be buying his Maui book (and accompanying smart phone app) before I return to Hawaii to visit that island.
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By caevans on April 9 2012
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Andrew Doughty and the staff at Wizard Publications have done an amazing job with the detail and reserch in this book. Edition 4 was recommended to us at a B&B on the Big Island a couple years ago. When we were planning our trip this year, I simply HAD to buy the latest (6th) Edition a few months ahead of time. I used it to locate sites, accomodations and activities.

The detail and HONESTY of the writers is amazing. They tell you everything - and I mean EVERYTHING you need to know (including a few "true facts" that some {ie: Volcano Park Rangers} might NOT want you to know) and their information is 99% accurate. What isn't in the book is updated regularly on their web-site for changes and revisions. The additional information on the website for accomodations in INCREDIBLE! These folks have REALLY done their homework! I would not go to any other Hawiian Island without first getting their latest on that island.

My only complaint is that they DO NOT have an App on the Google Play Android Store ofr my Transformer TF101 Tablet - it is only on the iPad app store. I hope they do one for Android soon.
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Terrific book. This is the second book we have purchased after giving away our first one that is now 4 years old. We bought 2 copies of this latest edition and are giving one to family members who are travelling to the Big Island next year. We will use this new one to search out all the places we missed on our previous 2 trips. There is lots of accurate and detailed info on where to go and what to see. It has become our bible while there and currently plan to spend 6 weeks there this coming winter so will be using the book to plan our next excursion.
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I don't know if this is the "best" guidebook to the Big Island of Hawaii, but it's so darn well-written that it is the "only" guidebook we will be using. It's engaging and informative, well laid-out, and the authors have walked every trail, stayed in every hotel, and eaten in every restaurant they speak about. They even unselfishly test the island's best ice cream every time they pass by, just for our sakes. Talk about dedication!
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This guide book was both entertaining and accurate. I found it extremely useful for my trip to Hawaii. The maps are detailed and clear and the descriptions of hikes and other activities was relevant and useful.
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This guide book is truly the most honest, down to earth, non-Commercial book I have ever read. The author reallys tells it like it is plus it helps that the author lives there and really does know his stuff!
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I purchased the book to get an idea of good Dive shops. The dive company I went with, Kona Diving Company was excellent but they weren't even mentioned. They've been around since 2010 and have a high rating with trip advisor.
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