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Hawaii Island Vacation: Coronavirus Information

Consider protecting your Hawaii Island trip with our holiday waiver. Travellers who book a Hawaii Island package are eligible to purchase our holiday waiver, which gives travellers ultimate flexibility and covers all change or cancel penalties, one time, for any reason.

Most Hawaii Island hotels offer free cancellation. Consider booking refundable hotels rather than non-refundable ones. Just look for the ‘free cancellation’ message during your hotel search. Prices can vary, but right now we believe that flexibility matters.

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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.

Q: Which airports can I fly in to for a holiday to Hawaii Island?

A: Every month, 62 international flights operate from Kailua-Kona, HI (KOA-Kona Intl.). This international terminal is probably where you'll fly in to for your holiday in Hawaii Island.

Q: What are the most popular types of hotels for a holiday to Hawaii Island?

A: Hawaii Island has plenty of options for travellers on all budgets. If you'd love a break from the everyday, there are plenty of condos. Private holiday homes, villas and bed & breakfasts are also popular with visitors.

Q: What does a Hawaii Island holiday booking with Expedia include?

A: Flights, a sweet ride and a place to rest up when the day's done — we've got them all. All you need to do is consider how many of these you need. With Expedia, you can shape your trip to Hawaii Island exactly how you like it, with tons of attractions and experiences to boot.

Q: What is the best way to save money on my holiday to Hawaii Island?

A: You'll be handsomely rewarded when you book a Hawaii Island holiday package via Expedia. Bundle your Flights, Hotels, Rental Car and more and enjoy unbeatable discounts, such as up to 42% off select properties. You'll soon be looking at your dream itinerary at a price that might just surprise you.




Guide to Exploring Hawaii Island


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Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay AU$312
Reviewed on 24 Mar. 2020
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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

    We stayed here during the pandemic... our last day on the island. This was a beautiful place to be during such strange times. The staff were wonderful, the pools were beautiful, and the location was breathtaking. We will come back. Many thanks to the staff who worked during the pandemic to make this ...

    Hilton Waikoloa Village
    Reviewed on 23 Mar. 2020
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    Hilton Waikoloa Village

    Hilton Waikoloa Village

    69-425 Waikoloa Beach Dr, Waikoloa, HI
       
      4.1 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This property is very well designed for its clients.

      Royal Kona Resort
      Reviewed on 26 Mar. 2020
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      Royal Kona Resort

      Royal Kona Resort

      75-5852 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, HI
         
        3.9 of 5
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        The common areas (bar, walkways and breakfast/dining area) were beautiful and fully functioning for the most part due to COVID-19. Pool was awesome but the lagoon has sea urchins which made us avoid use after discovering. Sad as we really wanted one of our party to experience the lagoon on his first ...

        Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel AU$241
        Reviewed on 21 Mar. 2020
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        Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

        Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

        71 Banyan Dr, Hilo, HI
           
          4.1 of 5
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Perfect Hotel for the Hilo Marathon. Easy walk to start and located near by was an amazing ice cream place, so worked out. Staff was great and the food at the bar was good. Garden view was lacking as our room was over the entrance, so just saw concrete and the “resort” amenities were lacking as the ...

          Fairmont Orchid
          Reviewed on 21 Mar. 2020
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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

            Great beach access just a few feet away, awesome pool, spa hut experience was very nice too!

            Kona Coast Resort
            Reviewed on 23 Mar. 2020
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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

              Amazing room with lots of room to relax. The landscaping with well taken care of and the security at the gate made us feel safer.

              Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo - a Doubletree by Hilton AU$231
              Reviewed on 28 Mar. 2020
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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

                The location is nice. Staff was nice at the check in but somehow not helpful afterwards with answering questions. I got the feeling some of them of sick of having tourists around. I think what threw me off the most was the room common areas were not clean. There was residue of food on the counters ...

                Kona Seaside Hotel
                Reviewed on 24 Mar. 2020
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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

                  everything about this hotel is excellent, location, staff, cleanliness

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