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Hawaii the Big Island Revealed: The Ultimate Guidebook [Paperback]

Andrew Doughty , Leona Boyd
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb guide book 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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3.0 out of 5 stars Not up to date enough for scuba diving Feb. 14 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Hawaii guidebook Jan. 27 2014
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Loved the book, came in handy on our trip. Good photos and descriptions of places. We also purchased on the app version to have handy on our iPhone. We used that a lot too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good guide book of the Big Island. Jan. 5 2014
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I liked this and other of the Hawaiian "Revealed" series because it seems to give you information about things that most the locals only know about and are not usually found in most of the other guide books. My main complaint is that I was not crazy about the Kindle version of the book (hard to use the maps and keep track of book marks). The other guide book I thought was very good was the Lonely Planet "Discover Hawaii the Big Island" which I did get in paperback.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent descriptionof the island Oct. 1 2013
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This book provides all the details I was looking for. It will help a lot to experience a great vacation
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great travel guide for the Big Island of Hawaii April 13 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative, easy to read, interesting guide book Jan. 11 2013
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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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