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.
Royal Kona Resort is perched on the edge of Kailua Bay, just a 10-minute walk from the fishing village of Kailua-Kona. It’s 11 minutes on foot to Hulihee Palace, and a 20-minute drive south to the Captain Cook Monument. Kona International Airport is also a 20-minute drive.
Featuring views of the ocean or quaint Hilo Town framed by the backdrop of Mauna Kea, this full-service Hilo hotel is close to many island attractions: 10 minutes to Rainbow Falls and 40 minutes to Hawaii Volcanoes Park.
Located on the water next to Kona Pier, Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel is ideally situated for walking around Kailua-Kona village; King Kamehameha himself once lived on this resort site, after he unified Hawaii.
Fronting a deep, half-mile stretch of beach on the sunny Kohala Coast, this family-friendly Waikoloa Beach resort is located next to 2 golf courses and across from the Kings' Shops and Queens' Marketplace.
Glass-bottom boat tours, snorkeling excursions, and deep-sea fishing are all within reach of this hotel located in Kailua-Kona Village, across the street from Kona Pier. Shopping centers and historical parks are also nearby.
Part of the 1,839-acre Mauna Kea Resort on the Kohala Coast of Hawaii's Big Island, The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort is flanked by 2 golf courses and is a 20-minute drive from Waimea.
This 7-story Waikoloa beachfront hotel located on an island is adjacent to two golf courses and within a 5-minute drive of King's Shops and petroglyphs. Anaehoomalu Bay is a mile away.
Arrayed on 21 tropical acres overlooking the ocean, this Big Island (Hawaii) condo resort is on the Kona Coast, adjacent to a 36-hole golf course. A beach is about a half-mile away.