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Hawaii’s Big Island

The largest island in the US offers plenty of swimming and hiking as well as some impressive volcanic scenery.

Made up of five towering volcanoes that rise high out of the Pacific Ocean, Hawaii Island is almost twice the size of all the other islands of the US state combined. Better known as Hawaii’s Big Island, here you’ll find stunning beaches and extraordinary scenery, as well as a rich history just waiting to be discovered.

Either of the island’s two major towns, Hilo and Kailua-Kona, make an ideal base from which to explore, as do its numerous other resorts. Whether you want to spend your visit swimming in the dazzling waters, hiking through the rainforest, or playing golf, there’s something for you.

Long ago, this island was where the Hawaiian royals resided, making it a great historical spot for visitors today. Here you’ll find archaeological sites like the Pu'uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park and the Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park where you can learn more about the old ways on this remarkable island.

For more modern adventures, head to Kohala Coast to enjoy some of the island’s best beaches, such as Mauna Kea Beach and the Hapuna Beach State Park. In the water, you’ll be in the company of turtles, dolphins and tropical fish.

To get around the island your best bet is to hire your own car, as public transport is only available in the bigger areas. You’ll find rental firms at Hawaii Island’s two international airports as well as from the Hilo and Kailua-Kona townships. This way, you’ll be able to explore all the big attractions across the island, even the secluded Pololū Valley Outlook and the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Located over 3,200 kilometres from the coast of the US mainland, Hawaii benefits from a tropical climate which gives it as many as 300 days of sun each and every year. Rough winds and swells can occur in winter, making it great for surfers – but even then you’ll get to enjoy the warm temperatures. Visitors flock here between December and March so be sure to book in plenty of time if you want to stay then.

Q: Which airports can I fly in to for a holiday to Hawaii Island?

A: Every month, 62 international flights operate from Kailua-Kona, HI (KOA-Kona Intl.). This international terminal is probably where you'll fly in to for your holiday in Hawaii Island.

Q: What are the most popular types of hotels for a holiday to Hawaii Island?

A: Hawaii Island has plenty of options for travellers on all budgets. If you'd love a break from the everyday, there are plenty of condos. Private holiday homes, villas and bed & breakfasts are also popular with visitors.

Q: What does a Hawaii Island holiday booking with Expedia include?

A: Flights, a sweet ride and a place to rest up when the day's done — we've got them all. All you need to do is consider how many of these you need. With Expedia, you can shape your trip to Hawaii Island exactly how you like it, with tons of attractions and experiences to boot.

Q: What is the best way to save money on my holiday to Hawaii Island?

A: You'll be handsomely rewarded when you book a Hawaii Island holiday package via Expedia. Bundle your Flights, Hotels, Rental Car and more and enjoy unbeatable discounts, such as up to 42% off select properties. You'll soon be looking at your dream itinerary at a price that might just surprise you.


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Hilton Waikoloa Village
Reviewed on 29 Mar. 2020
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Hilton Waikoloa Village

Hilton Waikoloa Village

69-425 Waikoloa Beach Dr, Waikoloa, HI
     
    4.1 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This place was very clean and very nice and the service was great

    Royal Kona Resort
    Reviewed on 26 Mar. 2020
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    Royal Kona Resort

    Royal Kona Resort

    75-5852 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, HI
       
      3.9 of 5
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      The common areas (bar, walkways and breakfast/dining area) were beautiful and fully functioning for the most part due to COVID-19. Pool was awesome but the lagoon has sea urchins which made us avoid use after discovering. Sad as we really wanted one of our party to experience the lagoon on his first ...

      Fairmont Orchid
      Reviewed on 21 Mar. 2020
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      Fairmont Orchid

      Fairmont Orchid

      1 N Kaniku Drive Kohala, Kamuela, HI
         
        4.5 of 5
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Great beach access just a few feet away, awesome pool, spa hut experience was very nice too!

        Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel
        Reviewed on 25 Mar. 2020
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        Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel

        Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel

        75-5660 Palani Road, Kailua-Kona, HI
           
          4.2 of 5
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Like others have said, this hotel is a bit dated, but overall everything is quite nice. Good food and drinks poolside and right next to the beach. Only takeaways were the false-fire alarms 2 nights in a row.

          Kona Seaside Hotel NZ$241
          Reviewed on 31 Mar. 2020
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          Kona Seaside Hotel

          Kona Seaside Hotel

          75-5646 Palani Rd, Kailua-Kona, HI
             
            4.0 of 5
            2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Convenient location and very functional accommodation. Would stay again and recommend for short stay.

            Kona Coast Resort
            Reviewed on 29 Mar. 2020
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            Kona Coast Resort

            Kona Coast Resort

            78-6842 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, HI
               
              4.5 of 5
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              We liked being away from the busy parts of Kona-Kailua and yet there was a shopping center right up the street. EVEN when everything had to close down, the staff were excellent and tried to accommodate us. We'll be back.

              Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo - a Doubletree by Hilton NZ$281
              Reviewed on 28 Mar. 2020
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              Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo - a Doubletree by Hilton

              Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo - a Doubletree by Hilton

              93 Banyan Dr, Hilo, HI
                 
                4.1 of 5
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                The location is nice. Staff was nice at the check in but somehow not helpful afterwards with answering questions. I got the feeling some of them of sick of having tourists around. I think what threw me off the most was the room common areas were not clean. There was residue of food on the counters ...

                Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Kailua-Kona NZ$232
                Reviewed on 25 Apr. 2020
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                Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Kailua-Kona

                Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Kailua-Kona

                75-146 Sarona Ln, Kailua-Kona, HI
                   
                  4.4 of 5
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Did not know that another extra $150.00 be made upfront to get in the room.I was not ready for that because was not mention on website while booking. The room is big for the price is reasonable.Surrounding is nice and quite and room so clean and ready.Staff was so freindly and patient.Parking lot ...

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