Hawaii – The Big Island

Akaka Falls
Akaka Falls

The next island we are going to explore is The Big Island 🌴 This is the Island I grew up on until about upper elementary and then my family moved to Oahu 😊

Now there are 2 major sides too this island Hilo and Kona and both have an airport so make sure to check both when looking for flights 😊 One side of the island is more “touristy” than the other I would say.. and that would be Kona that is where you will find all your “nicer” hotels 🤣

Hurricane season is from June 1 through November 30… So it may be a little rainier than usual.

Now the color of our sand is a little different than most are used to 🤣 We have black, crystal green, white, coral and fresh lava rock…

Sooo on to the good stuff 🤣

Top Hotels on the Big Island

  1. Fairmount Orchard
  2. Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
  3. The Weston Hapuna Beach
  4. Hawaii Island Retreat
  5. Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

Best Beaches

  1. Kiholo Bay
  2. Mauna Kea (arrive early to get a permit to park at the hotel.. the beach is free)
  3. Kua Bay
  4. Green Sand Beach (Mahana)
  5. Kahalu’u
  6. Punalu’u Black Sand Beach

Best Hiking

• Kilauea’iki Trail

– 4 miles – difficulty medium

• Waipi’o Valley

– 6.5 miles – difficulty medium

• Pololu Valley

– 2.5 miles – difficulty easy

• Hawaiian Botanical Gardens (fee)

– 1.5 miles – difficulty easy

• Mauna Loa Lookout

– at least 1.5 miles – difficulty easy

Best Eats

  • Manta – Known for breakfast buffet but you MUST TRY the dinner entrees Macadamia Nut Encrusted Mahi Mahi
  • Island Fish & Chips – Inside Kings shops are Waikoloa by the koi pond
  • Hula Hula’s
  • Merriman’s
  • Kona Brewing Company
  • Cafe 100
  • L & L Hawaiian Barbeque
  • Longboard Legends Pizza
  • Tex Drive-In

Vegan/Vegetarian Eat

  • Sweet Potato Kitchen and Bakery
  • Under the Bodhi Tree
  • Basik Açaí
  • The Booch Bar
  • Kamana Kitchen

Things To Do

  • Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Visitor Center
  • Stargaze atop Mauna Kea
  • Tour a coffee plantation in Kona
  • See historic Kona
  • Rainbow Falls
  •  Akaka Falls ($5 for vehicles)
  • Downtown Hilo
  • Hawaii Volcano National Park
  • Dinner at Volcano House (Also known as The Rim)

**Please remember don’t remove lava rocks from the island it’s bad luck**

I hope you find this information useful! Until next time!!

Remember if you would like to book a trip to Hawaii or any other destination please drop me a line 😍


Travel Agent 🌴

Published by Family Less Traveled

Hmm a little about me... Well, I am a Disney junkie, travel enthusiast, and lover of ALL animals! In 2019 I became a travel agent so my travel bug is in HIGH gear!! I go to Disneyland at least once a month (pre-pandemic) and when I'm not there I'm working on getting my travel business off the ground and thinking of blog Ideas... Oh, and planning cruises... That is my latest obsession!! If you would like to plan a trip please feel free to contact me my serves are complementary!

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