Destination guide

Explore the beachside setting in Hawaii Island

The beaches and other outdoor surroundings create an inviting atmosphere in Hawaii Island. Renowned for its shopping, snorkeling and restaurants, this city welcomes all visitors. For a bit of culture, visit Imiloa Astronomy Center, Lyman Museum or Pacific Tsunami Museum. A vacation rental can help make your stay complete—many rentals come with a full kitchen and laundry facilities.


Sightseeing in and around Hawaii Island

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

  • 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)

Seasonal weather averages in Hawaii Island

Travelers speak highly of Hawaii Island for its snorkeling. If warm-weather activities are high on your list, August, September, July and October are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 83°F.

Natural features

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 traveler 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 center:

  • 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)
How to get there

Traveling 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 center. 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.

Where to stay near Big Island?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 4,696 house rentals near Big Island. From 1,530 Houses to 199 Villas, find unique vacation rental 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 holiday trip or just for a weekend in Big Island. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Kailua Kona: 3,527 vacation rentals
  • Kona Coast: 3,794 vacation rentals
  • Waikoloa Beach Resort: 541 vacation rentals
  • Puako: 1,426 vacation rentals
  • Hilo: 542 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Big Island! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Big Island?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Big Island:

  • Kailua Kona: 3,527 rentals
  • Puako: 1,426 rentals
  • Hilo: 542 rentals
  • Waikoloa Village: 1,440 rentals
  • Kohala Coast: 1,455 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when travelling by plane to Big Island?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of lodging choices in Big Island are:

  • Kona International At Keahole Airport (KOA): 3,104 home rentals
  • Hilo International Airport (ITO): 532 home rentals
  • Waikoloa Heliport (WKL): 1,615 home rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holiday in Big Island?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Big Island. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Hapuna Beach: 1,187 vacation homes
  • Mauna Kea Beach: 1,130 vacation homes
  • Magic Sands Beach: 2,283 vacation homes
  • Mauna Lani Resort Golf Course: 1,547 vacation homes
  • Punaluu Beach: 71 vacation homes

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.

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