The largest of the islands in Hawaii or Big Island, has two main airports, Kona in the west and Hilo in the east, and can be reached by a short flight from Honolulu (Oahu).
Big Island is bursting with history.
The island is said to be the first island set foot on by the Polynesian explorers from the Marquesas Islands. Visit the Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park with its native temple ruins and petroglyphs, the monument in memory of Captain Cook’s death and the church in Historic Kailua Village, built by the missionaries in 1820.
Big Island is perhaps best known thanks to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, home to the active Kilauea volcano. Found in 1916, the park is now a World Heritage Site and it is worth making a visit.
Drive the 17 kilometre Crater Rim passing the major attractions including; Kilauea Overlook, Jaggar Museum, Halemaumau Crater, Devastation Trail and the Thurston Lava Tube.
Other attractions on the island include the black sand beach of Punaluu on the south-eastern coast and Hilo’s museums, astronomy centre and botanical gardens. Spend an afternoon and evening in the Historic Kailua Village, once a favourite retreat of Hawaiian royalty, the village is now great for shopping, dining and nightlife.
- Visit some of Oahu's famous sights such as Diamond Head, Hanauma Bay Oahu's prime snorkelling destination and the famous surfing beaches of the north shore
- Known at the 'Pacific's Grand Canyon', take in mesmerising views of Waimea Canyon from the sky on a helicopter tour
- Enjoy an adventure along the famous road of Hana with 62 curves, 59 single lane bridges and awe-inspiring coastline views
- Explore the volcanic landscapes and lava tubes on the Big Island, Hawaii
This oceanfront resort is set on the dramatic lava rocks on the west coast of the Big Island of Hawaii in the resort of Kona. The Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa overlooks Keauhou Bay where the waters are perfect for kayaking, snorkelling and scuba diving. The hotel offers true Hawaiian hospitality through exceptional service and a range of cultural experiences. Guests are invited to join in local tra...
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is set on the only white-sand beach on the Kohala Coast of Hawaii's Big Island. Located on the island's northwest corner, the hotel is well situated to explore cultural and archaeological sites including the Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site where you can visit one of the largest restored temples in Hawaii. The hotel's 252 rooms and suites are decorated in light colour...
Set on 32 acres by the beach on the Kohala Coast of Big Island, the Fairmont Orchid is an iconic Hawaiian hotel offering over 500 guest rooms and a great selection of dining options. The Fairmont Orchid welcomes families as well as couples and honeymooners to this glorious destination on the island. Many rooms at the Fairmont Orchid feature furnished lanai’s (balconies) from where it is possible ...
Situated on the Kohala Coast on Big Island, the impressive Westin Hapuna Beach Prince Resort lies on 32 oceanfront acres and stretches along its namesake white-sand Beach. Meaning ‘Spring of Life’ the contemporary Westin Hapuna Beach Prince Resort offers 249 rooms, including 17 stunning suites set in lush, manicured gardens that contrast against the blue skies and ocean. This tropical haven of...
The Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is a rare treat of a five-star Hawaii hotel, as you won’t find many better-equipped, more stylishly designed beachfront properties anywhere else. The list of onsite facilities is a truly impressive one here, such as: the seven swimming pools (including four that are adults-only); everything you need for watersports, boat tours and helicopter island-hopping trips;...
- Explore to lush island of Kauai from the air, soar over the pristine and dramatic Na Pali coastline and Waimea Canyon, dubbed ''The Grand Canyon of the Pacific''
- Discover the exquisite beauty of Maui from the air on a 70-minute flight, taking in views of the crater at Haleakala National Park and the lush landscapes and scenic waterfalls of ''The Valley Isle''
- Take a full day tour around Hawaii's Big Island including a tour around the Volcanoes National Park
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