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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 £148
Reviewed on 23 Aug 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

    The location is great. it is walking distance to ABC stores, restaurants and public market. Free parking for public market. Not much to do in the hotel. Smaller pool but right on the rocky beach. Beds are small as double beds. Poor quality toilet treats, you better have your own shampoo, conditioner ...

    Fairmont Orchid £276
    Reviewed on 5 Aug 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 enjoyed the rooms and the property was nicely laid out. Beautiful views all over. Pool is excellent. There beach access is amazing as well with snorkeling gear, kayaks, other utilities for use with room. Only amenity that was lacking was the gym, but typically on vacation gym is not your ...

      Uncle Billy's Kona Bay Hotel £98
      Reviewed on 23 Aug 2019
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      Uncle Billy's Kona Bay Hotel

      Uncle Billy's Kona Bay Hotel

      75-5739 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, HI
         
        3.2 of 5
        2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Fabulous location. Fabulous value. Friendly staff. Everything needed for a great stay in Kona.

        Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay £158
        Reviewed on 19 Aug 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

          Beautiful location Good pool with slide, kids loved it. Overall 4 stars

          Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel £135
          Reviewed on 20 Aug 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

            It's the banyan trees. They are gorgeous. And at night you can listen to the birds singing. It's just lovely. The place is relatively quiet. The garden next door is good to walk through or around. It's in a great spot.

            Kona Coast Resort
            Reviewed on 19 Aug 2019
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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

              Everyone was really friendly, the property is near town excellent for walking to the beach, nice atmosphere at the swimming pool love it 😊

              Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo - a Doubletree by Hilton £151
              Reviewed on 22 Aug 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

                Great location Helpful staff Nice clean gym Beautiful pool

                Kona Seaside Hotel £100
                Reviewed on 19 Aug 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

                  Staff was helpful with check in as we needed “handicap” assistance.

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