Big Island (Hawaii) Travel Guide

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Find out more about the Big Island of Hawaii and/or plan your upcoming trip using our website, where we share our favorite activities, itineraries, beaches, restaurants, etcetera. We are sustainable travel guide for the Big Island written by people with a passion for Hawaii.

Essential resources for planning your trip to Hawaii:

Have a look at our 16 Big Island highlights, or find out more about the four most popular destinations: Kailua Kona, Hilo, Volcano Village and Waimea to explore the local choices for accommodation, restaurants and activities.

Itineraries

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Our itineraries are a good place to start planning your vacation to the Big Island. We have made a sample itinerary for a 1-, 2-, 3-, 5-, and 7-day visits, that we hope will help you make the most out of your time. Have a look at our itineraries

Activities

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Do you want to go snorkeling over a tropical reef and then trow snowballs on the summit of Mauna Kea on the same day? And what about seeing flowing, red-hot lava? Read more about our favorite activities for the Big Island.

Getting around

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“What are the most important things to think about when I book my inter island flight“? “How can I find the best (cheapest?) rental car“? We answer your questions and help you plan your trip with concise and handy tips. Read more in our guide to getting around on the Big Island

Accommodation

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Should you spend your time in a luxurious resort, in a hotel or bed and breakfast, or in the intimacy of a vacation rental? We help you make your choice. See the accommodation options in Hilo, Kona, Volcano Village and Waimea.

Short on time? Try our highlights:

These are the 4 things that we think are *the* Big Island essentials. Don’t leave the Big Island without at least seriously considering them!

  1. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Spend the night in the quiet rainforests of Volcano Village and see the volcanoes in the Hawaii volcanoes national park.
  2. Manta ray night dive Dive or snorkel with these gentle giants in the open ocean during the night. This is one of the most memorable activities on the Big Island.
  3. Stargazing The Big Island is home to one of the best optical telescopes in the world. Don’t miss your chance to visit them at the summit of Mauna Kea.
  4. Farmers markets You will find the most tasty local Hawaiian snacks in local shops and farmers markets. Support the Big Island community: buy local!