Explore Hawaii (The Big Island)
Hawaii HotelsFrom the crystal clear waters swirling around your toes to the bright blue skies above you and everything in between, Hawaii is paradise in the Pacific. Where rolling coastlines meet wind-rustled rainforests there is glamor and sophistication aplenty. Behind its hula dancing, mai tai drinking façade is a land full of inimitable culture and history. Every part of flawless Hawaii will exhilarate and replenish you. Things to seeThe Big Island’s east coast will see you spoilt for choice. As well as the famous sweeping coastlines and surfer’s paradise, the coast also offers a spectacular array of natural wildlife parks and historic sites, including the Archaeological Preserve, which features thousands of ancient lava rock carvings etched by native Hawaiians. If spectacular views of the island’s rugged landscape are what you’re after then head to the Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, where the complex eco-system of the lava-field is available for all to see from one of the park’s many observatories. Hawaii’s east coast has few long sandy beaches, but the tumbling golden sands of Kahalu'u Beach Park, which has excellent snorkeling facilities and is within easy reach of the top hotels is a local nautical favorite for good reason. Arrive early to avoid the crowds and watch the sunrise over the Pacific before heading out into the water for the day. If all of this excitement leaves you running for the nearest sun lounger to relax then the famous beauty spot of Mauna Kea that the Big Island is so proud of is the place to go. With a quarter of a mile of unspoiled, glittering beaches Mauna Kea provides optimum tanning opportunity and spectacular views over the harbor and out into the Pacific. If local culture is of interest then head to the Kailua-Kona Wharf, some of the best coffee in the world is produced from the beans grown here. Hotels in
HawaiiHotels in Hawaii ache with an air of relaxation and sophistication. The Big Island’s high-end selection offers access to the sun-kissed beaches and come with sparkling private pools and immaculate golf courses. The attention to guest satisfaction is paramount in every setting, with even the mid-range hotels offering access to spas and trips to national parks as standard. For the savvy traveler, there are cheaper options, ranging from well-to-do hostels to smaller hotels with basic rooms. Where to stayFor an authentic city experience, Hilo, the island’s largest city, is overflowing with bars and restaurants, a mecca for holiday makers looking for fun after-dark. Late-night shopping centers mean you can shop in the cool night air and not miss the sun. If your aim is to ‘fly and flop’ then historic town Kailua-Kona is for you. Steps from the shore, the lines of hotels and spas mean you need hardly leave the coast, cocktails will be delivered to your sun-lounger or you can practise your handicap on the golf course. To get away from the crowds, take a trip inland from Waikoloa Beach and discover the local flavor, and soak up the famous Hawaiian generosity with a stay at one of the island’s lodges. Outdoorsy types will be in their element, with horseback-riding excursions and 4x4s for rent you can take in the vast, plush scenery at your leisure. How to get to HawaiiHilo International Airport is the main travel hub for global visitors, with most flights from the USA and Europe connecting from LA or San Francisco. If you’re planning a trip to or from another island on Hawaii, then the light aircrafts that take off from Waimea-Kohala Airport is the quickest way to travel, plus the plane’s offer spectacular Pacific views.