- Locations: 7
- Villas: 38
- Private Islands: 0
Remote & Rugged
With 11 different climate zones ranging from a snowy winter to a sultry summer, The Big Island is the ultimate vacation destination for someone wanting it all. Whether you’re looking to relax on a beautiful private beach, see incredible volcanoes, explore snow-capped mountain peaks, walk through sparkling waterfalls, tour lush tropical rainforests, swim with dolphins, or play a fabulous round of golf, a villa on the Big Island of Hawaii will allow you to experience it all.
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The Big Island has beautiful scenery - Akaka Falls and the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden are ideal for viewing magnificent rainbows and sparkling waterfalls. Mauna Kea, the world’s tallest mountain measured from the ocean floor, is incredible for stargazing after sunset. And Pu'uhonua O Honaunau, a historic park south of Kailua-Kona, is one of the best places to get in touch with ancient Hawaiian culture.
Touring the Kona Coffee Farm is fun for everyone to learn how “cherries” become world-class Kona coffee. Children and adults alike will love visiting the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory in Hilo.
Those seeking the perfect spot to go snorkeling among dolphins and colorful tropical fish should visit Kealakekua Bay. A helicopter tour is the best way to view the volcano, Kilauea. The Kona Coast is one of the best marlin and big-game fishing destinations in the world. Go horseback riding, then spend an evening enjoying a barbeque dinner at the 8,500-acre Kahua Ranch. Or, a guided outrigger canoe tour in Kailua Bay is a great way to experience the state’s official team sport.
Some of the best golf in the world can be found on the Big Island, with 12 gorgeous courses to choose from.
Because the Big Island is the youngest Hawaiian island, you won’t find as many soft white-sand beaches as Kauai or Oahu – but you will find a huge diversity of beach landscapes, including black-sand beaches (Punaluu Black Sand Beach is a favorite) and green-sand beaches, as well as rugged, off-the-beaten track beaches lined with lava rock and banyan trees.
Visit the natural sand beaches of Mauna Kea Resort and Hapuna Beach Resort. Or, see the lovely man-made beaches in front of other resorts, as well and a few pockets of beaches all along the coast. There is a great family-friendly beach in Keauhou where the surf is gentle, the water is shallow and the turtles love to hang out.
Because it is a pretty laid-back island, there is not a much in the way of nightlife or a party scene. You can find a fun bar/restaurant in Kona town or at one of the resorts for a cocktail and perhaps some live music.
The best shopping can be found in Kona or at Kings and Queens Shopping Centers in Waikoloa.
- Nonstop flights to Kona International Airport depart from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Denver and Salt Lake City.
- Activities on the Big Island cater to the adventurer or nature enthusiast.
- The average temperature is 75° - 85° at sea level.
- There are as many climate zones on The Big Island as you can find along the coast starting with Alaska, all the way south to Costa Rica, so pack a variety of clothing.