Recent Big Island reviews
"The house is tucked away in a green paradise. There are star fruit, papaya, and coconut waiting to be harvested. The beautiful rocky beach is a short walk away down an enchanting jungle path. Watching my kids feed the geckos pineapple was more fun than I could have imagined. I loved it and hope to return someday!"Guest: Phillip P. Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 5, 2014View listing
"This was a perfect house in a gorgeous water front location for a family of eight. A week of fun... sunset views each evening, snorkeling daily. The kitchen is very well equipped and conducive to excellent meal preparation. Good amenities in lovely house."Guest: Judith B. Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: June 28, 2014View listing
"We stayed here for two months while we looked for, bought and moved in to our new house. Our dog Chance made a new friend, the owner's dog Riley was lots of fun for him. Their other dog Bailey is a real sweetheart but getting too old to do much. But he's SUCH a nice dog! The owner's toddler likewise gave us joy, she's a beautiful and amazingly good-natured young lady. The owners are a delightful couple. They gave us lots of good advice, and were fun to visit with. Their house is on one side of the carport and the ohana (apartment) on the other side, so you have all the privacy you need but they are always nearby to answer questions or help out with any problems. The ohana was very comfortable, fully equipped with everything we could want. It's off the road back in the forest, and the grounds are absolutely beautiful. If you love nature this is the place for you! At night the coqui frogs will sing you to sleep. They are quite loud and it took me awhile to get used to them. If you're a light sleeper you may want to consider ear plugs. Unfortunately they are a fact of life on the Big Island. My wife on the other hand found their song soothing and says they actually help her sleep. There are no roosters nearby, a blessing as roosters crowing all through the night is a common problem in the islands. Likewise there are no loud dogs barking nearby to disturb you, just frogs chirping and the occasional rain shower to lull you to sleep. It's a half hour drive to Hilo and closer to an hour to the volcano park, but that also means you're closer to the Kapaho Tide Pools and the amazing snorkeling there. No matter where you stay on the Big Island you'll need to drive a lot to see all the attractions, and this place is not too far out of the way compared to other locations where you might stay. All in all I think this was a wonderful place, reasonably priced, and I definitely recommend staying here."Guest: Scott W. Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: July 30, 2014View listing
"Rating Details: I was more than satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. I was very happy with the location. The vacation rental was spotless. The property manager was very helpful. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: Great property great views great management company and owners. I would recommend to anyone."Guest: Rich Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 29, 2014View listing
Big Island Travel Tips
Hawaii is hands-down one of the most sought-after destinations in the U.S. There are eight main islands, and the largest and northernmost is called the Island of Hawaii -- better known as The Big Island -- to avoid confusing it with the rest of the state. It is a paradise filled with unparalleled natural wonders and all but two of the world’s climate zones, which serve as a home for a wealth of biodiversity. Come get your own slice of heaven on earth.
What’s a better sight to see than an active volcano spewing lava? Visit the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to see it for yourself. The Big Island is not only big, it’s still growing! Kilauea has been erupting since 1983. Situated 30 miles southwest of Hilo, it is one of the most active volcanoes on the planet. As a whole, the park boasts more than 150 miles of hiking trails through craters, rainforests, deserts and the volcanoes themselves. It is even considered a World Heritage Site. Amazingly, 250,000 to 650,000 cubic yards of lava are produced each day, which is enough to cover a road 20 miles long. Hurry, because no one knows when Kilauea will stop erupting! Catch this phenomenal natural event while supplies last! The visitor center is open from 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For the science behind it, take a walk through the Thomas A. Jaggar Museum for geologic displays, videos and maps. Besides the volcano, you and the family can explore Crater Rim Drive, an 11-mile scenic drive within the park.
Along the western edge you will find the black lava fields of the Kohala Coast. However, a little further south lies the yang to its ying, Hapuna Beach, which is bursting with Hawaii’s biggest white-sand beaches. Let’s put it this way: Hapuna has hit international top ten lists year after year. The landscape are pristine, and the vistas couldn’t get much better. At Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve, you’ll discover lava rock carvings etched hundreds of years ago by native Hawaiians. No one is exactly sure what they mean, but it is generally thought that these carvings are records of birth and deaths from the ancient culture. There’s no better time than now, so treat yourself to luxury living as you can freshen up at top-tier spas to recharge and feel yourself again. Don’t forget to hit a round of golf on the world-class fairways and greens. Jack Nicklaus designed Hualalai Golf Course, while Robert Trent Jones Sr. had his hand at Mauna Kea Resort. Rest assured, you won’t go wrong.
Hamakua Coast, on the eastern side, is famous for its waterfalls and riveting rainforest. Explore the heart-stopping Akaka Falls, where waters spill 442 feet through a gorge into the river below. You’ll be surrounded by bamboo, birds of paradise and huge ti plants along the way. The coast is ribbed with valleys and gulches that you’ll see during your drive at the Hamakua Heritage Corridor, a trip that passes rainforests and waterfalls alike. Unwind in 275 acres of beauty at the World Botanical Garden, home to the Umauma Falls, before you go zip-lining along vistas of the Pacific Ocean. It’s a perfect adventure for thrill-seekers young and old!
You’ll be shouting “ahola” as you arrive in Hilo International Airport in this eastern region. The landscape brims with more rainforests and gardens than you will know what to do with. For science lovers, enjoy the amazing exhibits in the Pacific Museum and Imiloa Astronomy Center, Hilo’s newest top-notch attraction. To get a fresh bite to eat, pick out your favorite exotic fruit at Hilo Farmers Market, a knockout among locals. Cafe Pesto serves seafood caught the same day that will leave you and your family wowed.
Puna packs those black-sand beaches that Hawaii is known for. Tourists flock to Kalapana, a historic town destroyed by lava. Today, the site is the prime spot to see the lava reach the sea. A few miles away, you can see Keaau, where lands used to be covered in sugar canes. At the Lava Tree State Park, there are molds of trees that lava formed in the 1700s. Swim in pools heated by the volcanoes beside regions rich in tropical fruits and vegetation. Isaac Hale Beach Park provides one of the island’s most coveted surf spots, although swimming is not recommended due to the strong currents.
In Hawaii, you’ll leave with more than just a lei around your neck, you’ll come home with zip-line extravaganzas, volcano explosions and Pacific seafood dinners floating on your mind.