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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.

Activities

Sightseeing in and around Hawaii Island

Are you hoping to discover things to do in the area? Travellers enjoy fun activities like snorkelling and hiking. Venture out of your holiday home and experience everything that makes Hawaii Island a fun place to get away to. Here are some of the most popular attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Mauna Loa Observatory (4.9 mi / 7.9 km)
  • Subaru Telescope (16.5 mi / 26.5 km)
  • Volcano Winery (18.8 mi / 30.3 km)
  • Ka'u Coffee Mill (24.7 mi / 39.7 km)
  • Akatsuka Orchid Gardens (24.8 mi / 39.9 km)
  • Bay View Farm (25.7 mi / 41.3 km)
Weather

Seasonal weather averages in Hawaii Island

Travellers speak highly of Hawaii Island for its snorkelling. If warm-weather activities are high on your list, August, September, July and October are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 28°F.

Natural highlights

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Hawaii Island

Hawaii Island is famous for its volcano viewpoints, island views and seaside. Whether you're an active traveller or just want to take in the scenery, Hawaii Island is a great place to get out in nature. Here are a few of the area's most enchanting sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Mauna Kea (16.4 mi / 26.4 km)
  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (18 mi / 29 km)
  • Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park (27.5 mi / 44.3 km)
  • Mauna Kea State Recreation Area (10.8 mi / 17.3 km)
  • Kilauea (20.5 mi / 32.9 km)
  • Hualālai (22.9 mi / 36.8 km)
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.

How to get there

Travelling to and around Hawaii Island

The nearest airport is in Kamuela, HI (MUE-Waimea-Kohala), located 29.6 mi (47.7 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could also fly into Hilo, HI (ITO-Hilo Intl.), which is 32.9 mi (53 km) away.

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 The Big Island?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 4,503 holiday rentals near The Big Island. From 1,411 Houses to 229 Cottages, 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 The Big Island is on HomeAway.