Big Island, also called the Island of Hawaii, is the largest and youngest island in the archipelago, and a place of many stories and legends. You can experience eight climatic zones as you travel around the island. Emerald coasts, majestic volcanic mountains, stark lava deserts, rolling pastureland and misty valleys make for an incredible variety of experiences. Big Island is home to Mauna Kea, the world’s tallest mountain when measured from the ocean floor, and a great place for stargazing. Kilauea, the world’s most active volcano, spewing molten lava consistently since 1983, is a great place to take a lava viewing tour. Be sure to visit Puako Petroglyph Archaeological District, with its 3,000 petroglyphs. Wherever you go on this island, you’ll be welcomed with warmth and delicious food. The pure locally grown Kona coffee is not to be missed! June to September is the best time to visit if you’d like to avoid the rainy season, but keep in mind that the whale-watching season starts in November.
Mauna Kea & Kilauea Volcano
Puako Petroglyph Archaeological District
Kona Coffee Plantations
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Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo - a DoubleTree by Hilton sits tucked into the lush landscape along the waterfront at Hilo Bay on the Big Island. Close to popular natural attractions, this resort-style property offers a comfortable stay in spacious ensuite rooms.
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection, is ideally located on a sandy beach along Kauna’oa Bay. Close to popular attractions of the Kohala Coast, this resort-style property offers a relaxed Hawaiian getaway. Find spacious ensuite rooms with contemporary decor, some with ocean views.
Fairmont Orchid is ideally located on a pristine beach bordering the turquoise waters off the Kohala Coast on Big Island. Offering easy access to natural wonders, this luxurious beach resort promises an idyllic escapade. Stay in plush rooms with private balconies and marble bathrooms.
Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa is ideally located along the western shore of Big Island, overlooking Anaeho'omalu Bay. Close to popular attractions and shopping spots, this resort-style property promises a comfortable beachside getaway.