Hawaii Big Island Guide
As you likely know from my previous posts, I was recently visiting the Big Island of Hawaii to do some site visits! Since it was my first time there, I took a lot of time to research the best spots to ensure that I didn’t miss anything! Although the Big Island is the largest of the Hawaiian Islands, there is so much volcanic activity and hardened lava flow from over the years that so much of the cities (Hilo and Kona) are built around the edges of the island resulting in a smaller population and less of a metropolitan feel than Maui or Waikiki. This also means that there are less tourists and when you visit you get more of an authentic local vibe. The Big Island is a great place to rest, relax and hit the beach. If you’re into hiking and outdoor activities, there are also magnificent places to hike and surf. I’m so excited to share with you my personal collection of some of my favorite places to check out.
Places to Stay:
Mid range, stunning location and great service!
Upscale, slightly out of the way but incredible service, amenities and cuisine.
One of my personal faves for any kind of last minute travel! If you don’t already know about it, check it out!
Things to Eat:
Healthy, Raw, Homemade Kombucha and amazing salads! Owner is the former executive chef at the Fairmont Orchid.
View of the ocean, Hawaiian inspired food, great atmosphere!
Chill & laid back atmosphere, incredible food, Pacific Rim cuisine & amazing cocktails!
Upscale unique & personal eating experience, limited seating with magnificent sommelier wine pairings!
* If you can, try some Mauna Loas. This sweet snack is INCREDIBLY addictive and consists of chocolate covered macadamia nuts (native to the island) with coconut.*
Tiki bar vibe, stunning views, incredible place to watch a sunset!
-Beach Tree Bar at Four Seasons
Upscale & laid back atmosphere, incredible cocktails, awesome for a pre dinner drink!
Tours & Activities:
-Check out my post about my helicopter adventure here.
-One of the highest rated activities on the island! If you’re into snorkeling or diving this is definitely a must.
Views from around the entire island, calming ocean and incredible volcanic activity.
Stunning views, incredible altitudes & star gazing!
–King’s Shops in Waikiloa Village
Traditional & upscale island shopping. Shops include Macy’s & Tiffany.
-Kailua Kona Strip
Souvenirs & local art.
Often rated one of the top beaches in the United States
My personal favorite and one of the least crowded beaches on the Big Island.
A little out of the way but definitely worth it!
*I hope these tips are helpful and make planning your next vacation to the Big Island easier! Have you been to the Big Island? I would love to hear your tips and favorite spots!*
Sea Turtle Rehabilitation at the Fairmont Orchid
You Can Surf & Body Board at Any of the Amazing Beaches
Hiking Volcano National Park!