Hotels in Big Island
Essential information for Big Island
- Daily flights to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle
- Fly direct from the USA mainland or via Honolulu.
Do I need a VISA?
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.