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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.

History

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

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 Big Island?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 4,506 holiday rentals near Big Island. From 1,413 Houses to 228 Cottages, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Big Island for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

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

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

  • Kailua-Kona: 3,494 holiday rentals
  • Puako: 1,425 holiday rentals
  • Hilo: 480 holiday rentals
  • Kona Coast: 3,697 holiday rentals
  • Islands at Mauna Lani: 20 holiday rentals

HomeAway offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Big 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 Big Island?

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

  • Kailua-Kona: 3,494 holiday homes
  • Puako: 1,425 holiday homes
  • Hilo: 480 holiday homes
  • Volcano: 228 holiday homes
  • Keaau: 246 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 Big Island?

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

  • Upolu Airport (UPP): 221 holiday houses
  • Hilo International Airport (ITO): 492 holiday houses
  • Kona International At Keahole Airport (KOA): 3,059 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 Big Island?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places to visit in Big Island. From HomeAway travellers, the more popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Swing Zone: 2,199 holiday rentals
  • Mauna Kea Beach: 1,173 holiday rentals
  • Waikola Village Golf Club: 688 holiday rentals
  • Kapahukapu Manini Beach: 2,191 holiday rentals
  • Mauna Kea Observatory: 48 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Big Island listed on HomeAway 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.

Explore destinations around Big Island

Kailua-Kona
3,494 holiday rentals
Puako
1,425 holiday rentals
Hilo
480 holiday rentals
Volcano
228 holiday rentals
Keaau
246 holiday rentals
Hōlualoa
2,009 holiday rentals
Mountain View
517 holiday rentals
Captain Cook
1,979 holiday rentals
Ocean View
92 holiday rentals
Ninole
87 holiday rentals
Hawaiian Paradise Park
221 holiday rentals
Waikoloa Village
1,436 holiday rentals
Waimea
416 holiday rentals
Hawi
231 holiday rentals
Waimea
410 holiday rentals
Historic Kailua Village
2,015 holiday rentals
Hawaiian Beaches
232 holiday rentals
Pahoa
484 holiday rentals
Honalo
2,020 holiday rentals
Pepeekeo
205 holiday rentals