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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: Your adventure to Hawaii Island will probably begin by disembarking your aircraft at Kailua-Kona, HI (KOA-Kona Intl.). This major airport operates 60 international flights per month.

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

A: The most frequently booked accommodation in Hawaii Island are condos. Also in high demand are private holiday homes, villas and bed & breakfasts.

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

A: Activities and attractions nearby? Check. Flights? Yep. A snazzy vehicle? Of course. At the end of a long day of travelling, you'll be ready for a comfortable place where you can rest up. We've got them all covered. Lock in what you need and get ready for a fantastic Hawaii Island holiday.

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

A: Book a package with Expedia. It's really that simple. Hotels, Rental Cars, Flights — make your reservations for your upcoming holiday and watch the savings grow. It's time to start organising your dream holiday (and save yourself a pretty penny to boot).




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Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay Rs11,251
Reviewed on 7 Aug 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
     
    3.8 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    During COVID, the skeleton crew was so friendly and helpful with most of the amenities shut down on property and most helpful with suggestions for food.

    Hilton Waikoloa Village Rs17,114
    Reviewed on 29 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 place was very clean and very nice and the service was great

      Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo - a Doubletree by Hilton Rs11,149
      Reviewed on 28 Jul 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

        It was a very nice place. Even with Covid 19. It was very clean.

        Kings' Land by Hilton Grand Vacations Rs17,110
        Reviewed on 5 Jun 2020
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        Kings' Land by Hilton Grand Vacations

        Kings' Land by Hilton Grand Vacations

        69-699 Waikoloa Beach Dr, Waikoloa, HI
           
          4.6 of 5
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Great!!! One of the best places I’ve ever stayed at.

          Royal Kona Resort Rs11,898
          Reviewed on 3 Aug 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

            We had the loveliest time at this hotel! Weather was great for us the entire trip. It is close to everything and walkable. I loved the little beach area that felt like a salt water pool! Also we had the perfect room view to watch the luau at night! Just a wonderful and relaxing stay!!

            Kona Coast Resort
            Reviewed on 2 Apr 2020
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            Kona Coast Resort

            Kona Coast Resort

            78-6842 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, HI
               
              4.6 of 5
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Thought it had direct beach access, we never found it. We were only there 2 nights, so perhaps we missed the the secret path.

              Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Kailua-Kona Rs9,428
              Reviewed on 5 Jul 2020
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              Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Kailua-Kona

              Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Kailua-Kona

              75-146 Sarona Ln, Kailua-Kona, HI
                 
                4.3 of 5
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                It was clean and the facility was beautiful. It had a Jacuzzi and pool. The customer service was excellent

                Four Seasons Resort Hualalai Rs64,727
                Reviewed on 17 Mar 2020
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                Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

                Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

                72-100 Ka'upulehu Drive, Kailua-Kona, HI
                   
                  4.8 of 5
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  As usual, the Four Seasons did not disappoint. The facility was amazing, the views breathtaking, and the staff accommodating and friendly. You can’t go wrong when staying here!