Hawaii Island, HI

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Honokaa showing general coastal views
The biggest island in the United States is a tropical paradise where youcan swim , hike and explore volcanoes.

Hawaii Island, often referred to as Hawaii’s Big Island, has stunning landscapes, idyllic beaches and a fascinating history. The island is comprised of five volcanoes that rise out of the Pacific Ocean, and together they create a mass nearly twice the size of the remaining Hawaiian islands combined. Hawaii Island has two major towns, Hilo and Kailua-Kona, as well as a number of popular resort regions. Swim or dive in the clear blue water, hike through tropical rain forests or enjoy a round of golf as you relax at the popular holiday destination.Swim with local marine life, including turtles, dolphins and tropical fish, at some of the state’s most iconic beaches. The Kohala Coast has some of the most popular beaches on the island, including Mauna Kea Beach and the Hapuna Beach State Park.The island was once the home of the Hawaiian royals, and so has a rich history. Visit archaeological sites, including the Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park and Pu'uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park to discover the traditional customs and culture of the area.Rent a car to see the island, as public transportation is limited to the larger towns. Rental operators can be found at both of Hawaii Island’s international airports, and from the Hilo and Kailua-Kona townships. Driving is the easiest way to travel across the island to visit all of the major attractions, including the remote Pololū Valley Outlook, and the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Hawaii Island’s location in the Pacific Ocean means it enjoys a tropical climate, with the west coast known to receive more than 300 days of sun per year. The winter can bring rough winds and large swells, making it a popular surfing destination, but the temperature remains warm. December through March is the busiest time and accommodation is known to sell out in advance.Hawaii is located approximately 2,000 miles (3,219 kilometers) from the U.S. mainland in the North Pacific Ocean.

For more details on interesting local attractions and activities, check out our things to do in the Big Island of Hawaii page.

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Where to stay in Hawaii Island

Hilton Grand Vacations Club Ocean Tower Waikoloa Village
Hilton Grand Vacations Club Ocean Tower Waikoloa Village
4 out of 5
69-425 Waikoloa Beach Drive, Waikoloa, HI, 96738
The price is $229 per night from Sep 28 to Sep 29
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Waikoloa. Enjoy 3 outdoor pools, 6 restaurants, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in ...
3.6/5 Good! (642 reviews)
Not enough elevators or restaurants
"Cleanliness was fine but we had to walk miles to get anywhere. Why not have more elevators? We found ourselves not going places due to the long walk required. Also you don’t have enough restaurants there. The ones that are there are mobbed and it’s impossible to get reservations!!"

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2022

Royal Kona Resort
Royal Kona Resort
3.5 out of 5
75-5852 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, HI, 96740
The price is $240 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 27
Stay at this 3.5-star beach hotel in Kailua-Kona. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 bars/lounges, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,721 reviews)
"Very convenient, clean and a great view."

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2022

Outrigger Kona Resort and Spa
Outrigger Kona Resort and Spa
4 out of 5
78-128 Ehukai Street, Kailua-Kona, HI, 96740
The price is $259 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 24
Stay at this 4-star spa resort in Kailua-Kona. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 outdoor pools, and a full-service spa. Popular attractions Haleo Luau and Keauhou Bay Beach ...
4/5 Very Good! (501 reviews)
"Great space, clean rooms, friendly helpful staff, ono food, 2 pools and 2 hot tubs!"

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2022

Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Pahala Plantation Cottages
Pahala Plantation Cottages
3.5 out of 5
96-3208 Maile Street, Pahala, HI, 96777
Stay at this 3.5-star cottage in Pahala. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a garden. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the overall value in our reviews. ...
3.8/5 Good! (260 reviews)
"Nice place. Very homy and comfortable"

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2022

Aston Kona by the Sea
Aston Kona by the Sea
3 out of 5
75-6106 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, HI, 96740
Stay at this 3-star beach condo in Kailua-Kona. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the family amenities ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (988 reviews)
"The rooms are absolutely beautiful and so is the property!!"

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2022

Royal Sea Cliff Kona by Outrigger
Royal Sea Cliff Kona by Outrigger
3 out of 5
75-6040 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, HI, 96740
Stay at this 3-star condo in Kailua-Kona. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the overall value in our ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (395 reviews)
"The room was petfect. The view, mesmerizing. Parrking was great. Everthing was convenient,location Just right. Very relaxing, mahalo!"

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2022

Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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