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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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Hilton Waikoloa Village AU$320
Reviewed on 16 Jan. 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

    The entire resort was beautifully manicured and maintained. The lagoon was amazing with all the natural fish and turtles!

    Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel AU$199
    Reviewed on 13 Jan. 2020
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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

      The parking area in the basement was flooded. Didn't want to drive through the large puddle.

      Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo - a Doubletree by Hilton AU$178
      Reviewed on 17 Jan. 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

        Free cookies at desk, Resort Fee included 2 rounds of 9-hole golf daily, 2 libations at bar, valet parking.

        Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay AU$308
        Reviewed on 17 Jan. 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

          Nice layout and location finishes were extremely dated but it was clean

          Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel AU$467
          Reviewed on 17 Jan. 2020
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          Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel

          Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel

          75-5660 Palani Road, Kailua-Kona, HI
             
            4.2 of 5
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Perfect place for us to relax.Nice little beach. The parking feè and the resort fee is way to high.

            Fairmont Orchid AU$585
            Reviewed on 16 Jan. 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

              It would be nice to have more bar and restaurant choices. Also, we did not have turn down service every night.

              Kona Seaside Hotel AU$283
              Reviewed on 16 Jan. 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

                Room did not have a microwave nor a safe. Would have been nice to have both

                Ocean Tower by Hilton Grand Vacations AU$364
                Reviewed on 17 Jan. 2020
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                Ocean Tower by Hilton Grand Vacations

                Ocean Tower by Hilton Grand Vacations

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

                  The grounds are beautiful but the prices for food and other amenities are outrageous..The price quoted for a stay is not the real cost..after parking and resort fees.

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