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An island you’ve got to see to believe

The home of Hawaii’s monarchy - and great coffee – Big Island also boasts the world’s tallest volcano, offering a true ‘back to nature’ experience. Hiking the national park rewards you with enchanting views of glowing lava streams as they slip into the ocean.

Essential information for Big Island

Local time

Language

USA flag
American English

Currency

US Dollar $
Official currency of the United States

Flight information

17h (+1/2 stops)
Kona (KOA)
Indirect flight.

Flight schedule

  • Daily flights to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle
  • Fly direct from the USA mainland or via Honolulu.
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Do I need a VISA?

Yes. You'll need to obtain approval no less than 72 hours prior to travel to the US via the ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) scheme.

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Top Tip

Fly to L.A, San Francisco and Seattle with Virgin Atlantic, stay a night or two, then catch an onward flight to Hawaii with Hawaiian Airlines.

An island you’ve got to see to believe: Highlights of Big Island

From coral reefs to volcano hiking, the naturally spectacular Big Island has all the ingredients for an unforgettable holiday. Here are its best attractions.

  • Palm-fringed Mauna Kea beach is a quieter beach with high-end resorts.
  • Pauoa Bay has one of the best-preserved coral reefs in Hawaii.
  • Explore the marine life in Kealakekua Bay – perfect for diving, kayaking and snorkelling.
  • Hapuna Beach is a popular spot with family-friendly beach resorts.
  • Explore the galleries, neo-classical Palace Theatre and centuries-old wooden shops in Downtown Hilo. Explore Hawaii’s history at the Lyman Museum and Mission House.
  • Learn about the paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) country at the Kahua Ranch in Waimea.
  • Hike across black lava fields to witness the glowing lava streams of the Kilauea Volcano.  – Hike the Waipi’o Valley or the challenging Muliwai Trail for spectacular mountaintop views.
  • Visit Mauna Kea, for breathtaking sunrise and stargazing tours.
  • Indulge in a Big Island vanilla exfoliation at the Fairmont Orchid Hotel.
  • Enjoy world-class golf at the championship Mauna Kea Golf Course.
  • Eat a Loco Moco at Café 100 in Hilo! This burger steak and egg on rice is a local favourite.
  • Take a Kona Coffee farm tour in the heart of ‘Coffee Country’.
  • Enjoy mouthwatering ribs and Kona Coffee Steak Rubs, at TJ’s by the Beach, Kailua Kona.
  • April: The Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo town celebrates hula and the Hawaiian culture.
  • November: The Kona Coffee Festival celebrates Big Island’s 180-year-old coffee heritage.
  • Twice a week: Explore the colourful food stalls at Hilo’s Farmers Market.

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