Hawaii, the Island of Aloha also known as the Big Island, is the Hawaiian Island with it all. At 10,932 square miles, the Big Island dwarfs Maui and it's measly 750 square miles. Attractions aren't just "big", they are spectacular! From the black sand beaches of Puna to the snow-capped peaks of Mauna Kea and the volcanic eruptions at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the Big Island offers Hawaii's most diverse geography (including the southernmost point in the United States) and some of the world's most mesmerizing natural sights. What better way to experience these adventures than on your own time and from your own private luxury villa.
These adventures on the Big Island are diverse and can be physical, recreational, or even spiritual. It's easy to immerse yourself in the culture of Hawaii's Big Island. Try dancing the hula and taking part in an authentic luau (feast). Head upcountry and discover the uniquely blended Hawaiian, Portuguese, and Mexican cultures - still alive and well among Hawaiian paniolo (cowboys) on the Island's giant ranches. Visit historical Kealakekua Bay where Captain James Cook dramatically lost his life in 1779. And don't miss Puukohola Heiau. This sacred spot was built in 1790 by King Kamehameha as an offering to the gods, where he asked for success in his campaign to unite the Hawaiian Islands. Likewise, Hawaii Hideaways' rental homes can be adventurous, spiritual or downright beachfront luxurious.
From world-class ballet to the Annual Kona Brewers Festival, Hawaii's Big Island offers a surprising assortment of things to do and concerts to watch. Some of the best hula competitions are held on Hawaii's Big Island each year, like the Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo. In between Kona coffee plantations and flowing lava beds, you'll find an impressive collection of museums, cultural centers and historical venues. Call now to reserve a Hawaii vacation home to start exploring this impressive island of adventure.
On the East Hilo side of the Island, Waipio Valley is filled with brilliant flowers and breathtaking waterfalls. Tiny towns and highways built on old railroad trestle bridges recall the sugar plantation heritage of the Hamakua Coast. The island's must-see is Kilauea, the earth's most active volcano.
Home to the prestigious Four Seasons Hualalai, this area of the Big Island is the newest and most exclusive neighborhood in which to rent a private vacation home. This area is a self-contained community offering plenty of activities, restaurants and luxury accommodation to convince many guests never to leave! Certainly the high-end nature of the area is the main attraction and the amazing restaurants are a close second!
The West or Kona side of the Island is dry and sunny and a nexus of activity with deep sea fishing, quaint shops, restaurants, snorkeling, scuba diving, hikes through thick rain forests, and horseback riding. If you're an activity type wanting plenty to do and easy access to restaurants and shopping, the Kailua-Kona area is the place for you. Beautiful beachfront and oceanfront rentals are available throughout the Kona area.
Just getting there is a visual adventure as you drive through vast, dramatic lava fields. If your eyes are really sharp, you might be able to spot the Kona Nightingales (donkeys) which blend into the landscape.
The Kohala Coast is Hawaii's golf mecca. 20 magnificent golf courses are found on Hawaii's Big Island and several of the world-class courses are concentrated in this area. These courses are carved out of ancient lava flows, nestled among historical Hawaiian landmarks, and fronting some of the most beautiful coastline of the Pacific. The striking contrasts of lush green fairways, pure white bunkers, jet-black lava flows, and turquoise blue Pacific waters make for some of the most scenic holes anywhere. Many visitors enjoy staying at a Hawaii vacation rental home on the golf course. If you are renting a home in the Kohala Coast area, it's hard not to be close to one!
Upcountry, the scenery changes dramatically. Waimea is home to Parker Ranch where fluorescent green pastures give way to lush valleys and a host of vibrant natural greens.
You will also find the world's largest telescopes on the Big Island--at the observatory atop Mauna Kea--and two world-famous sporting events, the Iron man Triathlon and the Annual Billfish Tournament in Kona.