Destination guide

Experience Big Island in holiday homes to rent

The Big Island is the largest and most volcanically active of all the Hawaiian islands. Known for its stunning natural environment and variety of exciting activities, Big Island is the ideal island paradise for travellers. Whether you want to explore the outdoors, relax on the beach or marvel at historic wonders, you’ll find an array of activities near holiday homes to rent.


Historic sites near Big Island holiday rentals

Big Island has a long and storied history that’s showcased in various historic sites. Holiday homes can be found near places like Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site, a destination known for temple ruins and historic structures, and Hulihe’e Palace, a historic royal home with Victorian artefacts and cultural events. Other interesting sites to visit include Kona Coffee Living History Farm, an old-world farm with costumed guides showcasing life in the past, and the Pu’uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park, the park and burial site of Hawaiian chiefs with ruins and reconstructed villages.

Things to do

What to do near Big Island holiday rentals

The volcanoes on Big Island are its biggest traveller draw. Holiday homes can be found near places like Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, a parkland with live lava flows, lava tubes and glowing craters, and Kilauea, an active volcano with nearby trails and beautiful scenery. Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano with a small lake and trails to the summit, and Mauna Loa, a large, active volcano with an observatory for viewing, are also among the island’s top attractions.


Beaches near Big Island holiday homes

The beaches in Big Island are some of the most beautiful in the world, boasting exotic sand and turquoise waters. Holiday rentals can be found near beaches like Pololū Valley, a gorge with trails, lush vegetation and an ocean beach with black sand, and Kahalu’u Beach Park, a beach with an offshore reef for snorkelling. You may also enjoy Manini’owali Beach, a white-sand beach with wildlife, lava rocks and turtle and dolphin sightings, and Magic Sands Beach Park, a park with white-sand beaches and a rocky shoreline for swimming and surfing.

Food & drink

Regional delicacies on Big Island

The Big Island offers a unique culinary experience that’s sure to be a highlight for your trip. Malasadas, a type of Portuguese sugared, fried dough, Kalua pig and Kona coffee are the signature delicacies that you must experience. Local food is available in restaurants, farmers markets, supermarkets and farms or orchards near your holiday accommodation.

Family friendly

Family fun near Big Island holiday rentals

If you’re travelling with kids, you’ll find a range of family attractions for memorable experiences. Holiday rentals are available near places like Parker Ranch Headquarters, a working cattle ranch with a volcano and animal encounters, and Imiloa Astronomy Center, a planetarium with astronomy exhibits, culture and history exhibits and a garden. Kids will also enjoy the Panaewa Rainforest Zoo, a nature reserve with rainforest species in naturalistic habitats, and the Thurston Lava Tube, a long cave formed by ancient flowing lava.

Good for couples

Romantic holiday rentals in Big Island

Few places are as romantic as Big Island. Couple’s holiday rentals are available near intimate locations like the Lili’uokalani Park and Gardens, an Edo-style garden with koi ponds and a Japanese teahouse, and the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, a lush garden with tropical plants like orchids, banana groves and other exotic plants. You may also enjoy Hiilawe Waterfall, a tall, powerful waterfall with hiking trails and tropical surrounds, and Lava Tree State Monument, a park with remnants of lava flow and walking trails.

Where to stay near Hawaii Island?

Our 2021 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 3,972 holiday rentals near Hawaii Island. From 1,911 Condos/Apartments to 1,764 Houses, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Hawaii Island is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Hawaii Island?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Hawaii Island. From travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Waikoloa: 1,418 holiday rentals
  • Kailua-Kona: 3,199 holiday rentals
  • Kahaluu Bay: 582 holiday rentals
  • Puako: 1,404 holiday rentals
  • Captain Cook: 1,722 holiday rentals offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Hawaii Island! Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Hawaii Island?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Hawaii Island with the largest selection of holiday rentals for a perfect city break:

  • Kailua-Kona: 3,199 holiday homes
  • Captain Cook: 1,722 holiday homes
  • Keaau: 200 holiday homes
  • Hilo: 380 holiday homes
  • Volcano: 173 holiday homes

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to Hawaii Island?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of holiday homes near to airports. Airports with a large selection of rentals in Hawaii Island are:

  • Kamuela, HI (MUE-Waimea-Kohala): 1,390 holiday houses
  • Hilo, HI (ITO-Hilo Intl.): 369 holiday houses
  • Kailua-Kona, HI (KOA-Kona Intl.): 2,846 holiday houses

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Hawaii Island? offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places to visit in Hawaii Island. From travellers, the more popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Swing Zone: 1,910 holiday rentals
  • Mauna Kea Resort Golf Course: 1,448 holiday rentals
  • Lekeleke Burial Grounds: 1,938 holiday rentals
  • Donkey Mill Art Center: 1,913 holiday rentals
  • Kaumana Caves County Park: 466 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Hawaii Island listed on where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday homes.

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