Explore Hawaii (The Big Island)
Hawaii (The Big Island) HotelsWith long, white sandy beaches, sparkling blue seas, and dramatic mountain landscapes covered in tropical flowers, Hawaii is a picture perfect island for a romantic or fun vacation. Each beach resort has its own personality, and there are plenty of spots that are idea for surfing, snorkeling, or relaxing under a palm tree. Things to seeOnekahakaha Beach Park has clear, shallow waters where you can paddle far out and spot the friendly fish. The terrain is rocky, yet allows natural rock pools to form where you’ll see crabs and tiny sea creatures. Many sailors arrive at Kailua-Kona Wharf, from fishing boats to private yachts, and staying in this area allows you to be close to the sandy beaches which are perfect for surfing. The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has dramatic, active volcanoes and a hike around the mountainous park will take you through lush, dense rain forest, with the stunning views making for excellent photograph opportunities. Kahalu'u Beach Park has calm blue waters surrounded by palm trees, and if you snorkel or scuba you may even come across a giant turtle hidden amongst the coral. Magic Sands Beach is based in a peaceful cove, with the giant grey rocks protecting the white sandy beach, and you can sit under one of the imposing palm trees and watch the calm ocean, or go for a dip in the shallow, calm waters. Hotels in
Hawaii (The Big Island)Most resorts are based close to the beach, and you’ll find plenty of luxury hotels in Hawaii with private stretches of beach and outdoor pools. These hotels also have plenty of extra features to ensure a relaxing vacation including restaurants, bars, spas, gardens, fitness centers, and childcare. Rooms often have balconies or lanais so that you can enjoy the sea views, and you’ll find extra amenities such as dual marble sinks, bathrobes, slippers, designer toiletries, complimentary WiFi, and minibars. You’ll also find plenty of 2 to 3 star options with clean, basic facilities at a low price. Here you’ll find extras such as barbecue grills, complimentary breakfasts, ceiling fans, and refrigerators. Where to stayKailua-Kona is on the west side of the island and is a popular spot with tourists due to its pleasant oceanfront downtown full of bars, restaurants, and surf shops, all in the typical laidback Hawaiian style. The Kohala Coast is to the northwest, with long sandy beaches and the pleasant village of Waikoloa which is full of upscale resorts and secluded coastal areas. Hilo is home to the University of Hawaii and other important scientific centers, as well as breathtaking natural features such as waterfalls and rock pools. How to get to Hawaii (The Big Island)Kailua-Kona International Airport is in the northwest of the island, and from here you can pick up a rental car or book a taxi to pick you up. There’s also a limited local bus service which takes you to Kailua-Kona in about 25 minutes. Hilo International Airport is in the east of the island, and although there’s no public transport you can pick up a rental car or book a taxi in advance to meet you. Waimea-Kohala Airport is in the north of the island and is a small facility that mostly deals with private and corporate jets. Some hotels also have private shuttle services, so be sure to ask whether they will be able to pick you up from your flight.