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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.


Guide to Exploring Hawaii Island


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Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

71 Banyan Dr, Hilo
3.8
of 5, from 1,146 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Naniloa Country Club, Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Pacific Tsunami Museum. University of Hawaii at Hilo and Lyman Museum are also within 3 miles (5 km).

£120
Ocean Tower at Hilton Waikoloa Village

Ocean Tower at Hilton Waikoloa Village

69-425 Waikoloa Beach Drive, Waikoloa
4.1
of 5, from 24 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated on the beach, this resort is within a 15-minute walk of Dolphin Quest and Seaside Putting Course. Kings Shops and Genesis Gallery are also within 1 mile (2 km).

£94
Uncle Billy's Kona Bay Hotel

Uncle Billy's Kona Bay Hotel

75-5739 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona
3.1
of 5, from 1,489 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in Historic Kailua Village, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mokuaikaua Church and Hulihee Palace. Kailua-Kona Wharf and Kona Community Aquatic Center are also within 1 mile (2 km).

£103
Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo - a Doubletree by Hilton

Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo - a Doubletree by Hilton

93 Banyan Dr, Hilo
4.0
of 5, from 436 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Hilo, this golf hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Naniloa Country Club, Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Pacific Tsunami Museum. University of Hawaii at Hilo and Lyman Museum are also within 3 miles (5 km).

Villages at Mauna Lani

Villages at Mauna Lani

68-1025 North Kaniku Drive, Kamuela
4.7
of 5, from 7 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Kamuela, this luxury condo is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Great 4-D Movie Ride and within 3 miles (5 km) of Kings Shops and Genesis Gallery. Waikoloa Kings Golf Course and Dolphin Quest are also within 3 miles (5 km).

£109
Royal Kona Resort

Royal Kona Resort

75-5852 Alii Dr, Kailua-kona
3.8
of 5, from 4,363 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Historic Kailua Village, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Mokuaikaua Church and Hulihee Palace. Kailua-Kona Wharf and Kona Community Aquatic Center are also within 2 miles (3 km).

Keauhou Gardens 11 101 at Kona Coast Resort by RedAwning

Keauhou Gardens 11 101 at Kona Coast Resort by RedAwning

78 6842 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona
1.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Keauhou, this condo is within a 15-minute walk of Keahou Shopping Center and Kahalu'u Beach Park. Kona Country Club and Haleo Luau are also within 2 miles (3 km).

The Bay Club At Waikoloa Beach Resort

The Bay Club At Waikoloa Beach Resort

69-450 Waikoloa Beach Dr, Waikoloa
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Waikoloa, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Waikoloa Beach Golf Course and Kings Shops. Waikoloa Kings Golf Course and Genesis Gallery are also within 1 mi (2 km).

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