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Hawaii's Big Island

Discover the stunning natural beauty and fascinating history of this paradise island, the largest in the United States.

Hawaii’s Big Island, or officially Hawaii Island, certainly lives up to its name. It is nearly twice the size of all of the rest of the Hawaiian Islands combined. The island consists of five volcanoes that rise up from the Pacific Ocean, creating stunningly beautiful landscapes and picture-perfect beaches, complemented by a rich and fascinating history and culture.

Hawaii Island has many resort regions with top-notch facilities, including gourmet restaurants, luxury spas and superb golf courses, as well as the two main towns Hilo and Kailua-Kona. Car rental companies operate out of these two towns, as well as out of both international airports, as public transport is limited. Driving is the best option if you are planning to spend some time exploring the island.

Head to Kohala Coast to discover some of Hawaii Island’s most popular beaches, such as Mauna Kea Beach and Hapuna Beach State Park. Relax on the pristine sands, or dive into the crystal blue water to swim with the dolphins, turtles and tropical fish native to these waters.

Inland, there are many natural wonders to discover. Hike through the tropical rainforests, see and hear stunning waterfalls, or take in the awe-inspiring spectacle of the island’s two active volcanoes at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. You will also be able to climb to the peak of Maunakea, Hawaii Island’s tallest peak which, when measured from the sea bed, is taller than Mount Everest. Don’t miss the spectacular views from the remote Pololū Valley Outlook at the north of the island.

As it was once home to the Hawaiian royal family, the island has many sites of strong cultural and historical interest. Visit the 72 hectare Pu'uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park, once the site of royal grounds, as well as a place of refuge for those who broke the Kapu, or sacred laws. The Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park is home to fascinating archaeological sites where you’ll discover petroglyphs, or kii pohaku, native Hawaiian carvings into lava rock which date back hundreds of years.

Hawaii Island’s tropical climate, with over 300 days’ sunshine per year on the west coast, ensures that it is a popular destination all year round. The busiest time falls between December and March, so if travelling in the period it is recommended to book accommodation well in advance. Many surfers head to the island in winter, as the rough winds cause large sea swells, but temperatures remain warm. Hawaii lies in the North Pacific Ocean, 3,219 kilometres from the US mainland.


Guide to Exploring Hawaii Island


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Royal Kona Resort P9,179
Royal Kona Resort

Royal Kona Resort

     
    3.8
    of 5, from 4,351 reviews
    3.5 out of 5.0

    Situated in the historical district, this spa hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Hulihee Palace and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Magic Sands Beach. Kahalu'u Beach Park and Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).

    Uncle Billy's Kona Bay Hotel P5,150
    Uncle Billy's Kona Bay Hotel

    Uncle Billy's Kona Bay Hotel

       
      3.1
      of 5, from 2,017 reviews
      2.0 out of 5.0

      Located in the heart of Kailua-Kona, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hulihee Palace and Mokuaikaua Church. Kailua-Kona Wharf and Kona Community Aquatic Center are also within 1 mile (2 km).

      Fairmont Orchid P18,972
      Fairmont Orchid

      Fairmont Orchid

         
        4.5
        of 5, from 1,689 reviews
        4.5 out of 5.0

        Located in Kamuela, this beachfront resort is in the historical district, 0.8 mi (1.4 km) from Great 4-D Movie Ride and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Waikoloa Beach Golf Course. Anaehoomalu Beach and Waikoloa Kings Golf Course are also within 6 miles (10 km).

        Hilton Waikoloa Village P8,831
        Hilton Waikoloa Village

        Hilton Waikoloa Village

           
          4.1
          of 5, from 3,063 reviews
          4.0 out of 5.0

          Nestled on the beach, this Waikoloa resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Dolphin Quest and Waikoloa Beach Golf Course. Anaehoomalu Beach and Seaside Putting Course are also within 15 minutes.

          Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel P6,955
          Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

          Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

             
            3.9
            of 5, from 1,766 reviews
            3.5 out of 5.0

            Situated in Hilo, this golf hotel is steps away from Hamakua Heritage Corridor and Hamakua Coast. University of Hawaii at Hilo is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) away.

            Kona Seaside Hotel P7,815
            Kona Seaside Hotel

            Kona Seaside Hotel

               
              3.9
              of 5, from 2,500 reviews
              2.0 out of 5.0

              Situated near the bay, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Kailua-Kona Wharf and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park. Hulihee Palace and Mokuaikaua Church are also within 10 minutes.

              Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo - a Doubletree by Hilton P7,091
              Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo - a Doubletree by Hilton

              Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo - a Doubletree by Hilton

                 
                4.1
                of 5, from 1,006 reviews
                3.5 out of 5.0

                Located in the heart of Hilo, this golf hotel is steps from Hamakua Heritage Corridor and Hamakua Coast. University of Hawaii at Hilo is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) away.

                Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay P9,460
                Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay

                Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay

                   
                  3.9
                  of 5, from 2,359 reviews
                  4.0 out of 5.0

                  This family-friendly Kailua-Kona resort is located near the beach, within 1 mi (2 km) of Haleo Luau, Kona Country Club and Lekeleke Burial Grounds. Kahalu'u Beach Park is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) away.