The Big Island of Hawaii
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Big Island Vacation Rentals
There is a beautiful place to stay on the Big Island for every taste and price range. Choose from world-class resorts and beautiful bed-and-breakfasts, a family-style resort with pools and water-slides and great restaurants, to condos of all kinds, private home rentals, rustic cabins and campgrounds. Stay by the ocean, or be nestled in a lush rainforest, whatever you are looking for you are sure to find the perfect accommodation on Hawaii's Big Island.
Big Island Vacation Destinations
The Hawaiian name Kona means "His and Hers", a reminder of the times when society was divided male-female and women were not given the same privileges as men. But the town of Kona was the place designated by the King where men and women of the royal family could spend time together. Some of the best activities on the Big Island can be found in Kona. Splurge on a helicopter ride and see some spectacular views of the city and island from above. Or find one of the experienced and professional snorkeling guide boats that will lead you to some of Kona's best underwater spots, great for scuba as well. Plan your night out at a Luau and choose from some of the most popular celebrations on the island such as the Gathering of the Kings, Island Breeze Luau or the Royal Kona Luau.
One of the two largest airports on the island can be found in Kona, so your drive to a hotel, condo or rental home will be short and convenient if you pick Kona as your first destination. Find a rental car at the airport or here in town, if you prefer a local company to the big businesses at the airport.
On the eastern and wettest side of the Island, Hilo has a unique atmosphere that offers both the gift of sunsets over the ocean and some breathtaking and plentiful rivers, streams and waterfalls. One of the islands major airports is located in Hilo, so it is a convenient place to start your vacation after your long flight. Home to the famous and highly attended Merry Monarch Festival, Hilo is a great place to bring the whole family and learn about the celebrated culture of the Hawaiian people. A visit to the historic downtown area will take you back in time to the sugar plantation days. Stylized architecture and monuments pay homage to the influence of plantation life and the mixture of cultures that has shaped modern day Hawaii.
Just a short drive a few miles north of the city will take you to some amazing waterfalls, one of the gorgeous Hilo sights to put on your Must See list. If you are interested in a bit of a longer trip, visit Wailuku River State Park or Akaka Falls State Park and see even more amazing falls, including the 442 ft drop that is the highlight of a trip to Akaka park.
Big Island Condos
Experience paradise in a Hawaii condominium, the perfect setting for your dream vacation. There are many benefits of a renting a Condo on the Big Island, and options to fit your precise budget requirements. Condos come fully furnished, equipped with kitchen, cable TV, free telephones, laundry facilities, wireless Internet, air conditioning, Lanai, and parking availability. You can go big with luxury accommodations or just fulfill your basic needs and save your travel funds for unforgettable experiences beyond the four walls of your condo. But don't forget to treat yourself well on this rare and special trip to Hawaii...it's worth the extra expense to guarantee yourself comfort and a little bit of indulgence. That private balcony, heated pool and ocean view will make your stay that much more memorable and distinctive. The wide range of options will allow you to feel completely at home on your next Hawaiian vacation in a Big Island Condo!
Big Island Luxury Rentals
Don't deny yourself anything on your vacation to the legendary Big Island of Hawaii. Allow yourself to relax in style at your luxury rental, which can range from the highest end estates available to the simple creature comforts offered by a modest home that will meet all of your needs while visiting Hawaii. If you desire a modern wonder of architecture and style to call home for a week, there are many options to choose from. You cannot ask for a better spot to kick back in with ease than a Big Island home with master bedrooms complete with spectacular views, heated pools with cascading waterfalls and access to beach play and snorkeling right outside your front door! What better way to spend your hard earned vacation than in the most lavish and extravagant habitat that Hawaii has to offer?
Big Island Vacation Rental Rates
These are average rates. Rates vary greatly depending on season, location, beach proximity, amenities, and size and quality of rental.
Rental Rates for Kona-Kailua, Big Island
|# OF BEDROOMS||BUDGET RENTAL||BEACHFRONT RENTAL||LUXURY RENTAL|
|1br||$70 - $150||$70 - $250||$135 - $850|
|2br||$135 - $225||$155 - $495||$185 - $3536|
|3br||$199 - $295||$350 - $1600||$600 - $4155|
|4+br||$285 - $800||$600 - $2000||$824 - $6500|
Rental Rates for Hilo, Big Island
|# OF BEDROOMS||BUDGET RENTAL||BEACHFRONT RENTAL||LUXURY RENTAL|
|1br||$75 - $180||$159 - $250||$200 - $700|
|2br||$79 - $250||$150 - $325||$250 - $950|
|3br||$85 - $265||$185 - $450||$275 - $1255|
|4+br||$175 - $350||$195 - $565||$600 - $2000|
Big Island Vacation Deals
Vacation Packages save you time and money, two things that you will need to make the most of while you are visiting Hawaii's Big Island. Find great vacation packages that include airfare, accommodation, car rentals, activities and more. Want to plan ahead and make sure you will avoid that added stress once you arrive? Schedule trips to swim with dolphins, learn how to windsurf and visit volcanoes, all in one easy package deal. Many resorts will set up your family with a special welcome celebration on your first night in Hawaii, giving you the unique and traditional cultural experience that you came for! If you are traveling alone, take advantage of group outings and meet fellow travelers with similar interests while enjoying the sights and activities. Don't let planning get in the way of your fun, make sure each day is a true vacation from work and worry. Get a package deal and be glad you did, both because of the savings and the convenience.
Big Island Golf Courses & Golfing
Are you a golf enthusiast looking for championship caliber courses? Don't lower your standards when you visit Hawaii, you have come to the right place. You can play on one of 16 beautiful courses on the Island that rival any in the world, carefully crafted by the most expert links designers. These courses have unique layouts to compare with any pro courses on the mainland. Professionals come to the Big Island to play on these stunning expanses of rolling greens, and you can follow in their footsteps...at your own pace of course. The list of famous names includes the PGA Tour, Champions Tour, and LPGA, who all make it a point to play here annually, if not more! Choose from various courses mostly located on the northwest or northeastern side of the island. Some of the large resorts offer access to their luxury courses but there are several unaffiliated greens with public access and reasonable rates. Feel like a true golf pro and treat yourself to the best game you will ever play.
Golf Courses in Kona-Kailua
Yardage, Course Rating (CR), and Slope (S) are from the back tees.
|Big Island Country Club||Public||18 hole||7,034 yds||Par 72||CR-73.9||S-136|
|Club At Hokulia||Private||18 hole||7,335 yds||Par 72||CR-76.1||S-147|
|Kona Country Club - Ocean Course||Public||18 holes||6,608 yds||Par 72||CR-71.6||S-129|
|Kona Country Club - Mountain Course||Public||18 hole||6,510 yds||Par 72||CR-71.5||S-133|
|Kukio Makai - Executive Course||Private||9 hole||---||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Kukio Makai - Regualtion Course||Private||18 hole||7,417 yds||Par 72||CR-N/A||S-N/A|
|Makalei Hawaii Country Club||Public||18 hole||7,091 yds||Par 72||CR-73.5||S-143|
|Nanea Golf Club||Private||18 hole||7,500 yds||Par 73||CR-N/A||S-N/A|
Golf Courses in Hilo
|Hilo Municipal Golf Course||Municipal||18 hole||6,325 yds||Par 71||CR-70.4||S-121|
|Naniloa Country Club||Public||9 hole||2,875 yds||Par 35||CR-N/A||S-N/A|
Big Island Snorkeling and Scuba Diving
You know you have come to the right place for snorkeling when you see locals out in the water...they know the best spots and by following their lead you too can experience the best snorkeling that Hawaii has to offer. Choosing this island for your underwater adventures was the right choice, some of the beaches voted the world's best can be found here and you will understand why they deserve this high ranking when you slip into the crystal clear waters and catch your first glimpse of a school of exotic fish! Kealakekua bay is a protected sanctuary for marine life, so you can bet you'll see some of the island's famous sea life here. You may access the bay via chartered boats, or find a rental home directly on the beach among the local neighborhood. Fruit sellers offer their fresh and delicious wares to beachgoers, and if you can find that perfect spot across the bay from the famous spot where Captain Cook landed his boat, you will never want to leave. Turtles often linger near the shore here and you can lean back and relax in swimming coves with tame lapping waves. You can dive in and snorkel whenever you have the urge; nature's bountiful display awaits all around you.
Some tips from expert divers include getting up early and starting your snorkel trip right away, since animals are most active in the morning, and to search for the most wildlife near underwater structures like rocks and coral, which offer protection for animals and are therefore usually host to the most marine life.
Big Island Snorkeling Locations
Click to view specific snorkeling locations in the following locations:
» Locations on the West side (Leeward) and North of Kona
» Locations South of Kona:
» Locations on the East side (Windward) of the Island:
Big Island Weddings
If your goal is to give your guests a unique experience at your wedding, choosing the Big Island of Hawaii for your ceremony is a perfect choice. You can offer your wedding party so many exciting activities; they will hardly be able to sit still for a minute! From horseback riding parties to special group spa treatments, the many options at your fingertips are sure to impress your family and friends. Make them glad that they came from far and wide to attend your wedding, and they will never forget the special time they had on YOUR special day. It can be a huge money saver to book a wedding planner who will offer you a special package deal that includes your transportation, lodging, photographer, catering and of course the fun stuff for your guests! Looking for local professionals is another good tip, since they have so much experience and they live where they work. You want a photographer who knows just how to capture that crashing wave in the background or that fleeting sunset. Accommodations for you and your guests will be a big decision, so make sure you do research and find the best option, be it several rooms at a resort, a luxury home rental for the wedding party or condos for your out-of-town visitors.
Big Island Car Rentals
Always dreamed of cruising the winding mountain roads of Hawaii's Big Island in an exotic sports car? Or speeding along the beaches catching everyone's eye in your convertible? Maui offers you an endless bounty of luxury car rentals to fulfill your vacation dreams. Find that Ferrari, Jaguar or even Harley Davidson that will really allow you to travel in style. Especially in Hawaii, when visiting the high end clubs and resorts you will want to "see and be seen" in an exotic vehicle that suits your extravagant tastes.
There are several options for alternative vehicles if you long to really feel the Hawaiian wind in your hair...you can rent a Vespa, scooter or motorcycle and really feel like you are taking a vacation from your usual routine of driving a car. If you are intrigues by the sound of motoring along Hawaii's highways on a racing motorcycle or scooter, make sure you bring a valid motorcycle license, since a regular drivers license will not allow you to legally rent and operate a bike. Another great incentive to rent a scooter is the expense saved on gas. Mopeds and scooters are great deals for the traveler with a budget. Gasoline can be very expensive in Hawaii, so save your money for other fun activities by choosing the efficient and eco-friendly alternative.
If you are flying into on of the airports on Hawaii and want to be greeted by your luxury car, make sure to arrange for pick up or find a company that offers a shuttle service to their agency. This is the largest island and that means the most distance between your travel destinations. Planning ahead of time means that you can pick up your car and be on your way as fast as possible. You don't want to waste and of your precious time on the gorgeous island of Hawaii.