The Big Island of Hawaii has its name for a reason.
No, it isn’t Hawaii’s most populous island—that honor belongs to Oahu. Rather, the Big Island of Hawaii has earned its name for being absolutely enormous.
Just how big is the “Big Island,” you ask? Not only is the Big Island Hawaii’s largest island, but it’s also larger than any other island found anywhere in the United States. With a land area of 4,028 square miles, the Big Island of Hawaii covers a greater area than Rhode Island and Delaware, combined.
With all of that land spread over five separate volcanoes, there are two words that sum up one of the Big Island’s most iconic and enjoyable activities:
“Road,” and “Trip”
We’ll admit—a Big Island road trip might not be the same since you can cross the island in a day, but there is still the excitement of stepping in a car and seeing where the day will take you. And since many of the best things to do on the Big Island are spread out over relatively large distances, simply going from “A” to “B” can turn into a scenic adventure.
With that said, the following are some of the best drives on the Big Island of Hawaii—only listing those that can be accomplished without needing 4WD.