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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.


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Royal Kona Resort NZ$279
Reviewed on 17 Sep. 2019
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Royal Kona Resort

Royal Kona Resort

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

    Check in was an ocean breeze and the room was amazing! Loved the amenities as well as the property. Only thing that was off was i had been informed that if i couldnt find parking on the street then i could park in the lot and the Resort would waive the 15$ parking fee. I went back to inform them ...

    Fairmont Orchid NZ$507
    Reviewed on 17 Sep. 2019
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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

      I didn’t like the walking distances on the grounds. It’s difficult for older travelers like me. The inside is dated, and I prefer that my room not have carpets in the humid weather of Hawaii. Every room is exactly the same. The only factor that makes any room better is the view. “Partial angled ocean ...

      Kona Seaside Hotel NZ$244
      Reviewed on 15 Sep. 2019
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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

        Great location central to sightseeing. Very good daily breakfast at Splashers Grill. Not brand new but clean and well managed. We would stay here again.

        Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo - a Doubletree by Hilton NZ$327
        Reviewed on 11 Sep. 2019
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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

          Grand Naniloa is beautifully surrounded with banyan trees, where in the evening one hears flock of birds sing. The property is ocean front convenient to water attractions provided by the hotel at fair price. The staff at the front desk, valet, and restaurant are accommodating. While the lobby bar, ...

          Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay NZ$305
          Reviewed on 7 Sep. 2019
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          Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay

          Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay

          78-128 Ehukai St, Kailua-Kona, HI
             
            3.9 of 5
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            I loves the ocean being to close to the hotel. At night it was awesome to sit and listen/watch the waves and the manta ray snorkelers. Beautiful grounds with the charming church nearby.

            Hilton Waikoloa Village NZ$332
            Reviewed on 15 Sep. 2019
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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

              Lots of pools and ocean views. Great scenery. Clean all around.

              Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel NZ$209
              Reviewed on 16 Sep. 2019
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              Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

              Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

              71 Banyan Dr, Hilo, HI
                 
                4.0 of 5
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                very convenient to the downtown Hilo area and right next to the Liliuokalani Gardens park which is a beautiful place to walk or have a picnic.

                Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel NZ$325
                Reviewed on 16 Sep. 2019
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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

                  Great location. Really friendly staff. Comfortable bed. Clean room.

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