Recent Big Island reviews
"My wife and I stayed at this unit now 4 years in a row. We love Sea Village and especially this condo. The views are spectacular. We see whales and dolphins every year right off the lanai. You can't find a better place to watch the sunset. The way the lanai is designed gives you quite a bit of privacy. Sea Village is a well maintained complex. We stayed at several other condos at Sea village before but like this one the best, especially the nice kitchen layout. The owners just installed new carpet in the bedrooms and the living room, the rest of the unit is tiled. We already booked for next year."Guest: Richard F. Date of Stay: February 2014 Review Submitted: March 23, 2014View listing
"How wonderful it was to arrive in Hawaii for the first time ever and have this amazing home to rest our heads. The outdoor grill, the hot tub, two outdoor showers (amazing) and the rainforest at every turn were all wonderful surprises. A fully equipped kitchen with lots of counter space to prepare suppers. Beautiful landscaping all over the property. The owners thought of everything when building this home and we felt very well accommodated. If you have kids that love to explore, ages 2 to 102, the entire back yard is wonderland, but safely mowed with trees lining the edges. Lots of birds, frogs and lizards as you walk through the yard. But not too many, nothing to deter you from pulling your chair out on the lanai and enjoying the beautiful scenery. Farmers markets were easily reached, Hilo was close, beach parks easy to reach, great shopping in Hilo and the beautiful Lava Tree State Park was right around the corner. I would recommend this lovely home to anyone venturing a trip to the Big Island!!! Mahalo to the owners for providing such a beautiful place to stay!"Guest: cogley's Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 22, 2014View listing
"We just loved the Sure House Condo. It was even nicer in person than in the pictures. The Condo complex is on a Golf Course and the Sure House is on the second floor. You have a very distant ocean view. The Condo is not air conditioned, but the island Trade Winds ensure that the temperature stays quite comfortable with the windows open. There are beaches a short drive away, a grocery store 5 minutes away as well as many restaurants within a half hour's drive. The Sure House is very well equipped with every amenity we needed - and then some! The owner was amazing and provides excellent information as well as suggestions for day excursions. I will definitely be recommending this to family and friends and wouldn't hesitate to stay here again in future."Guest: Lita's Mom Date of Stay: February 2014 Review Submitted: March 4, 2014View listing
"We stayed her for 5 nights and enjoyed the place and the neighborhood immensely. Sunrises at the ocean are spectacular and something we rarely see living in California where the sun sets in the ocean. The birds, plants, wild guava right outside the door were all treats. We had a powerful rainstorm one night that was very exciting. Being close to the ocean and far from tourists was a real treat!"Guest: Anonymous Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 8, 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.