Big Island of Hawaii Vacations
Your Big Island vacation
With a volcano-goddess attitude and miles of rugged off-the-grid landscapes, the Big Island is real Hawaii in the raw. (And really, when was the last time you bathed in a steam vent or night-swam with manta rays?) Spend tamer days stargazing at the top of 14,000-foot Mauna Kea, on a wagon ride through wild Waipio Valley, or kayaking the crystalline Kealakekua Bay.
From the white-sand Hapuna Beach to the smoldering mouth of Halemaumau, allow Orbitz to help you map out your Big Island vacation. Our travel experts dish on where to stay, top 10 attractions and Big Island's hidden travel gems.
Best time to take a vacation to Big Island of Hawaii
The Big Island may be home to both fire and ice, but at sea level the island thrives in eternal summer and the water is warm (mid- to high-70s). On the Kona side, conditions are typically dry, sunny and hot. The Hilo side takes the edge off with frequent overcast days and tropical rains. Hurricane season spans from June to November.
Although Big Island travel is always in season, prices dip from September through November. The week after Easter, Hilo's Merrie Monarch Hula Festival packs the town for the largest hula event in the world. Japanese Golden Week attracts crowds as well, so plan ahead if you're travelling in late April and early May. July draws international competitors to Kona's annual Billfish Tournament. In October, the renowned Ironman Triathlon World Championship takes place in Kona.
Insider tips for Big Island of Hawaii travel
Honomalino Beach (South Kona)
Escape to the secluded Honomalino Bay, and relax below coconut trees on the dark-sand beach.
Palace Theater (Hilo)
Spice up the night at Hilo’s 1920s-era theater, complete with a live pipe-organ player. Watch everything from the latest Woody Allen movie to classical-music concerts.
Lava Tree State Monument (Puna)
Hit the trails of this trippy 17-acre parkland where lava-cooked trees leave a mold of their trunks behind.
Two Ladies Kitchen (Hilo)
Well-loved by Hilo residents, this busy little family shop is famous for its mochi –traditional Japanese rice cakes made in every flavor and color.
Laupahoehoe Train Museum (Hamakua Coast)
This Hamakua Coast gem pays tribute to Hawaii's golden era of railroads, sugar cane trains, plantations and memorabilia.
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Big Island of Hawaii Vacation Packages
Oceanfront Waikoloa resort offers 62-acre tropical fantasy adventureFantasy becomes reality at the oceanfront Hilton Waikoloa Village, one of Hawaii's most renowned playgrounds. This 62-acre property features more than 1,200 upscale accommodations, and the grounds are... More
In the cool upcountry at the base of Mauna Kea, Waimea Country Lodge welcomes you with warm island hospitality. Awake to complimentary locally-grown coffee, morning mists, rolling green grasslands, and extraordinary views of Mauna Kea. It's a location unlike that of any... More
Value priced, Island-style Hilo hotel with bay and garden viewsThe locally owned Hilo Seaside Hotel offers guests Island-style budget accommodations and a convenient location near downtown Hilo and the airport. The hotel is built around a swimming pool and landscaped... More
62 100 Kauna Oa Drive Map
$300 Resort Credit + Breakfast Buffet Daily for 2
Grand Hapuna Beach hotel with ocean views from every roomWith an ancient name Hapuna, or "Spring of Life," the award-winning Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel sits oceanfront upon South Kohala's remarkable Hapuna Beach. All 350 luxurious guest rooms offer ocean views from private... More
78-128 Ehukai Street Map
Already Discounted Non Refundable Rates
Hawaiian getaway for canoeing, dolphin swims, and Holoholo toursSheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay on Hawaii, the Big Island, is a blend of adventure, culture, heritage and authentic Hawaiian aloha hospitality. Situated on the iconic lava rocks of the Kona... More
69-275 Waikoloa Beach Drive Map
4th Night Free + Daily Buffet Breakfast for 2
Beachfront Waikoloa resort next door to two upscale shopping centersOn an island with relatively few beaches, the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Waikoloa charms with a location on lovely Anaehoomalu Bay, with a sand beach, safe swimming and ancient Hawaiian... More
The Fairways at Mauna Lani provide a home away from home in the beautiful Mauna Lani resort, a stone's throw from the Fairmont Orchid and Mauna Lani Bay Hotels. Two and three bedroom town homes with private garage and no upstairs neighbors with views of the golf course... More
Island-style hotel on Hilo waterfront offers value and volcano viewsThe landmark Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel has long been a favorite for its affordability, waterfront location and easygoing Island atmosphere. Downtown Hilo's shops and attractions are within a few... More
The serene oasis of The Islands at Mauna Lani is the ultimate warm-weather destination with sunny beaches, majestic mountains and unique opportunities to discover authentic Hawaiian culture. And our luxury vacation rentals are clearly the best value in accommodations with... More
Oceanfront Kailua resort features Don the Beachcomber mai tai heavenPerched on a lava-rock promontory on the edge of downtown Kailua-Kona, the Royal Kona Resort is a landmark hotel with renovated rooms and stellar ocean views. On site, guests find the legendary Don the... More
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Big Island of Hawaii highlights
Snorkel or kayak this pristine marine life conservation district along the Kona Coast, also the site of famed explorer Captain James Cook.
Hike through bamboo groves, orchids and draping ferns. Then follow the paved pathway (past 100-foot Kahuna Falls) to Akaka Falls -- a 442-foot waterfall that crashes into a steamy gorge.
Laze on the Big Island's most impressive stretch of white-sand beach, eternally sunny with good summer swimming.
Hamakua Coast-North Kohala
Cruise the Big Island's most scenic coastline, followed by a guided trek into exotic Waipio Valley. Visit the hamlet of Hawi or tour a working ranch in misty Waimea.
Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park
Make a pilgrimage to this sacred Hawaiian refuge site filled with original village artifacts, rebuilt features, and a stunning bayside setting.
Explore the summit of a snow-capped volcano, home to world-famous observatories. The Visitor's Information Station (VIS) has a free nightly stargazing program.
Hit this quaint, historic fishing town with a splash of touristy sites. Shop and dine along Alii Drive or people watch on the pier.
Kapoho Tide Pools
Swim in a network of coastal tide pools – some volcanically heated and teeming with sea life. Bring snorkeling gear or sunbathe on a lava shelf.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Drive, hike or helicopter across a 330,000-acre parkland of smoking vents, native forests, streaming lava and monstrous snow-dusted volcanoes -- an experience native to the Big Island.