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Featuring views of the ocean or quaint Hilo Town framed by the backdrop of Mauna Kea, this full-service Hilo hotel is close to many island attractions: 10 minutes ...
AU$204 per night for 2 guestsCastle Hilo Hawaiian HotelAU$204
Located on the water next to Kona Pier, Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel is ideally situated for walking around Kailua-Kona village; ...
AU$202 per night for 2 guestsCourtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach HotelAU$202
Fronting a deep, half-mile stretch of beach on the sunny Kohala Coast, this family-friendly Waikoloa Beach resort is located next to 2 golf courses and across ...
AU$237 per night for 2 guestsWaikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & SpaAU$237
Part of the 1,839-acre Mauna Kea Resort on the Kohala Coast of Hawaii's Big Island, The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort is flanked by 2 golf courses and is a 20-minute ...
AU$385 per night for 2 guestsThe Westin Hapuna Beach ResortAU$385
This 7-story Waikoloa beachfront hotel located on an island is adjacent to two golf courses and within a 5-minute drive of King's Shops and petroglyphs. Anaehoomalu ...
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Grand Naniloa Hotel is on the beautiful Hilo Bay at the point of the Waiakea Peninsula. Downtown Hilo is 1 mile away and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is 25 ...
AU$268 per night for 2 guestsGrand Naniloa Hotel Hilo - a Doubletree by HiltonAU$268
This 32-acre oceanfront resort is set on the sunny Kohala Coast of Hawaii's Big Island. The resort features water sports, including kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding, ...
AU$420 per night for 2 guestsThe Fairmont Orchid, HawaiiAU$420
Nature enthusiasts will enjoy exploring Hawaii Island, and visitors give high marks for the volcano viewpoints, seaside, and local tours. Top sights in the city include Mauna Kea, Mauna Kea Observatory, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
Cultural venues in the city include Imiloa Astronomy Center, Lyman Museum, and Pacific Tsunami Museum. Attractions like Panaewa Rainforest Zoo, Mauna Loa Observatory, and Subaru Telescope are fun for kids of all ages. The city is notable for landmarks like Mauna Kea Observatory, Captain Cook Monument, and Hulihee Palace.
In Hawaii Island, you'll be able to select from 2010 hotels and other lodging options so you'll have a variety of choices for your holiday getaway. Here are top ranked ones based on our user reviews:
Other favorite sights in Hawaii Island include Mauna Kea, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park.
A stunning blend of nature and culture, America’s 50th state is home to such impressive landscape as an active volcano, lush rainforest, and miles of beach. From November to May, look for impressive Humpback whales off the coast. These majestic creatures visit nearby waters each year, and will often reveal their location by breaking the surface of the water. Hawaii is also a surfer’s dream, with some of the largest waves in Maui reaching more than 20 metres. Spend your morning on the beach, your afternoon in an aerial helicopter tour of the islands, and wind down at an evening luau. Hawaii is your oyster, and your journey there starts right here on Expedia.com.au today!
Nature at its most incredible
One of Hawaii's most impressive sites is Kilauea Volcano, one of the world's most active volcanoes. It erupted in January 1983 and has been continuously flowing ever since. By January 2000, it had added 506 acres of land to Kilauea's southern shore. You might imagine that humans are prohibited in this volatile landscape, but actually it's possible to hike through the lush rainforest nearby and experience vents spewing steam, walk-through lava tubes, and newly created land.
Being situated in the Pacific Ocean has its perks. Humpback whales migrate from Alaskan feeding grounds every winter to holiday in the warm waters surrounding Hawaii. If you're lucky, you might see a frolicking whale leap out of the water during one of many whale-watching catamaran cruises. Equally, dolphins seem to love Hawaiian water, and glass bottom cruises are the ideal way to view these intelligent animals in their natural habitat.
The islands are also home to some of the biggest waves on earth. Waves at Jaws Beach on Maui can reach heights of 70 feet and move at 30 miles per hour. For this reason, it has become something of a mecca for experienced surfers the world over.
For people who like their sea slightly less choppy, Hawaii also has some of the world's most beautiful snorkelling spots. Molokini, for example, has the clearest water in Hawaii, with visibility often at 200 feet, and is teeming with vibrant aquatic life.
From the air, a helicopter ride along the Kohala Coast explores stunning sea cliffs opening into the majestic valleys of the Kohala Mountains. Much of Hawaii is not accessible by foot, but a helicopter ride offers an unparalleled vantage above untouched landscape.
The culture of the native Hawaiian people has been enjoying a proud rebirth. The best way to experience this cultural uprising is at a Polynesian Luau, where the history, music, and dance of Hawaii are celebrated by women in grass skirts, men with face paint, and crowds of fire dancers.
Of course, Hawaii had a major part to play in the Second World War, and the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbour pays tribute to the men and women who lost their lives on December 7, 1941.
Be it on land, in the ocean, or from the air, the true power and beauty of nature reveals itself in Hawaii. But while its volcanoes bubble and its waves roar, the people of these islands are able to relax, smile, and enjoy the finer things in life. And when you visit, they'll encourage you to do the same.