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Recent Big Island reviews

  • The Best

    "This was a family vacation of 6 adults to include our two adult children and their spouse/fiancé. The home was exactly as described, as well equipped as our own home with views and short walks to absolutely beautiful vistas. Halii Kai itself is beautiful and impeccably cared for. The use of the oceanfront pool with bar and restaurant were visited daily. The owner of this Unit 5F made our stay easy and unforgettable. Thank you."
    Guest: R&G Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: June 5, 2014
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  • Cozy and charming

    "We loved this condo! It was comfortable, beautifully decorated, and very affordable. It was in a good location for us - close to the university, airport, shopping, and downtown. It felt tropical without being overdone. The owner was very helpful, especially when the condo association did some work while we were there. We would definitely return here!"
    Guest: Kelly M. Date of Stay: October 2013 Review Submitted: October 24, 2013
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  • colony villas #402

    "excellent condo. clean and well-maintained. 3 spacious bedrooms, 2.5 spacious bathrooms. spacious kitchen, spacious dining room, spacious living room. has a garage to put all your beach stuff. pool has 2 gas grills. close to hilton waikoloa, close to the beach, close to shops. trash with recycle bins is close by. highly recommend it."
    Guest: zak Date of Stay: March 2014 Review Submitted: March 25, 2014
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  • Beautiful Home with Ocean View in the relaxed setting of Hakalau

    "For vacationers who look for something more relaxing than the hotel resorts in Kona-Kaliua, this beautiful home in Hakalau on the east side of the Big Island has plenty of natural scenery to offer. Only 15 min drive from Hilo, the next larger town, the house sits off the road on a hill with view of the Ocean. The hosts are an extremely nice couple who take pride in treating their guests well. We were a family of four and enjoyed every second in this beautiful home. It cannot get much better."
    Guest: Norbert S. Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 2, 2014
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Big Island Travel Tips

The Big Island is Hawaii’s Biggest Playground

With 11 different climate zones allowing for lush rain forests and arid deserts to snow-capped mountains and black sand beaches, the island of Hawaii really is the state’s biggest playground. Famous for its anomalies, volcanoes, and gorgeous sights, the Big Island is a wonderland that will make any vacation unforgettable. There is so much to see and do that you will want to come back year after year.

Things You Will Want to Check out on the Big Island

There really is so much to do on the Big Island that a single overview of the area will not suffice but we will try to give you a good idea of all the possibilities. Whether you love nature, adventure, outdoor activities, history, or plain old fun, the Big Island has it all. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park features the molten lava flows of Kilauea volcano. Get up close and personal with the ever-changing landscape! Or, if you are looking to escape the tropical climate, head to the top of Mauna Kea, the world’s tallest mountain from the ocean floor to the top, and play in the snow for the day. Let the outdoor adventurers in your family hike the Waipio Valley, known as the “Valley of the Kings,” while the history buffs enjoy a day spent exploring Puukohola Heia, the largest restored ancient Hawaiian religious temple. And do not forget to visit Hilo and Kona Coast for musical entertainment, cultural experiences, and great food!

Big Island, Hawaii Lodging Found in Different Neighborhoods

Hilo, Kona Coast, and North Kohala are a few of the communities on the Big Island. Many visitors book their Big Island, Hawaii vacation rentals in the heart of these areas to simply stay close to it all. Hilo rentals has an old-world charm to it that you can only get on the Big Island. With centuries-old wooden storefronts colored with pastels and housing an array of restaurants, museums, and galleries, you cannot help but feel that you have stepped a little bit back in time. Do not miss the Hilo Farmer's Market. Kona Coast vacation homes are for the more adventurous and was once home to Hawaiian royalty. The expansive area offers Hawaiian landmarks, Kona Coffee farms, and great snorkeling. Explore the area on land and in the sea. It is a great way to spend a day! North Kohala is a magical place; it is sacred, peaceful, and historic. Go beyond the resorts to find some of the most culturally significant sites in all of Hawaii, including the birthplace of King Kamehameha, Lapakahi State Historical Park, and the charming town of Hawi. And many other towns and communities make a great home base for your vacation. Book a rental near Volcanoes National Park, so you can spend time exploring the one-of-a-kind sights and terrain in the Park.

Some Helpful Travel Tips for Planning Your Stay on the Big Island

As you plan for your stay in the Big Island, Hawaii, you will need to know a few things to make the process a little easier. First of all, there are two main airports: Kona International Airport and Hilo International Airport. While there are some direct flights from the mainland U.S. to Kona, there are more that fly directly into Honolulu. What you want to do will determine which airport you fly into. Your plans for Big Island, Hawaii lodging will also be influenced by what you want to do while you are there. Of course, there is no shortage of accommodations, including Big Island, Hawaii condos! Also, because the island’s name speaks for itself, you will definitely want to rent a car.

Traveling to the Big Island is ideal any time of year with the average temperature around 75 to 85 degrees F. Between April and November, the summer is warmer and drier whereas the winter from December to March is a touch cooler. The trade winds keep things pleasant all year. It is helpful to know that the Hilo side of the island is a little wetter and more tropical compared to the sunnier and drier Kona side.

A Little More to Remember About the Big Island

Always pack your sunscreen when you visit Hawaii but keep in mind that because of the various climate regions there, you will want to pack more than that! The air will cool quickly as you go up in elevation, so pack accordingly. Between sun and fun on the black, green, and white sandy beaches, you'll want comfortable shoes for hiking and exploring the many parks and trails on the Big Island.

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