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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.


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Royal Kona Resort P7,794
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Royal Kona Resort

Royal Kona Resort

     
    3.8 of 5
    3.5 out of 5.0

    We love the location, open air bar, friendly and helpful staff, and beautiful views! This was our third stay at the Royal Kona Resort!

    Uncle Billy's Kona Bay Hotel P5,477
    Reviewed on May 5, 2019
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    Uncle Billy's Kona Bay Hotel

    Uncle Billy's Kona Bay Hotel

       
      3.2 of 5
      2.0 out of 5.0

      shows it age, but clean and the staff very friendly.

      Fairmont Orchid
      Reviewed on May 9, 2019
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      Fairmont Orchid

      Fairmont Orchid

         
        4.5 of 5
        4.5 out of 5.0

        It was great! We enjoyed the service and the property a lot.

        Hilton Waikoloa Village P10,566
        Reviewed on May 13, 2019
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        Hilton Waikoloa Village

        Hilton Waikoloa Village

        69-425 Waikoloa Beach Dr, Waikoloa, HI
           
          4.1 of 5
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          I liked the amenities available. It was beautiful. I didn't like the food. The restaurants looked nice but the food was not worth the money. I wish there was coffee in the lobbies.

          Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel P6,949
          Reviewed on May 14, 2019
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          Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

          Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

             
            4.0 of 5
            3.5 out of 5.0

            Nice view of the sea for ocean view. Other than that there is pretty much nothing else to do.

            Kona Seaside Hotel P7,584
            Reviewed on May 17, 2019
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            Kona Seaside Hotel

            Kona Seaside Hotel

               
              3.9 of 5
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              It was very central. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Rooms were a decent size. Overall a pleasurable stay

              Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo - a Doubletree by Hilton P8,038
              Reviewed on May 16, 2019
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              Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo - a Doubletree by Hilton

              Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo - a Doubletree by Hilton

                 
                4.1 of 5
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                The Location and overall experience was great and to recommend

                Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay P8,907
                Reviewed on May 15, 2019
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                Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay

                Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay

                   
                  3.9 of 5
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                  I loved that you got an ocean view from almost any room. It was fun to be able to watch the Manta Rays from the hotel as well. The staff was very friendly and always willing to help. They guided us to a lot of places to go and things to do.