The Island of Hawaii is a big island and figuring out where to stay is not easy. Here are our favorite hotels, resorts, and what area of the Big Island, Hawaii is right for your Hawaii vacation.
Do you book your resort or vacation rental in Kailua-Kona, Hilo, the Kohala Coast, Kona coffee country, or around Volcanoes National Park? So many choices on the Big Island so watch this before you book a place!
Now that you know where to stay on the Island of Hawaii, finish your planning with our Big Island Wayfinder Itinerary. Our 6-day itinerary is full-day excursions on what to do, where to eat, when to make reservations, and a video tour of the island.
Our favorite Big Island resorts and hotels by region. Note, some are partnership links and some are not, and all are booking directly with the hotels for the best rate and flexibility.
Kailua-Kona and Kona Coast
Sheraton Kona https://prf.hn/l/KN8V1gL
Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel https://prf.hn/l/KV4k52n
Kohala Coast (Gold Coast)
Westin Hapuna Beach https://prf.hn/l/78YzaA0
Mauna Lani Resort https://aubergeresorts.com/maunalani/
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel https://prf.hn/l/rvgWxo5
The Fairmont Orchid https://www.fairmont.com/orchid-hawaii/
Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo (Double Tree by Hilton) https://www.grandnaniloahilo.com/
Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel https://www.castleresorts.com/big-island/hilo-hawaiian-hotel/
Volcano House https://www.nps.gov/havo/learn/historyculture/volcano-house.htm
Check out Airbnb and Vrbo for vacation rentals around the island.
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Our favorite Big Island tour operators (some are partnerships, some are not, all of them we love):
Manta Ray Night Snorkeling: https://thehawaiivacationguide.com/manta-ray-night-snorkel-with-sea-paradise/
Umuama Zipline and Kayak Experience: https://thehawaiivacationguide.com/zip-and-dip-ziplining-and-kayaking-with-the-umauma-experience/
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Where to Stay on the Big Island, Hawaii:
00:23 Areas and Geography of Hawaii
01:34 Leeward (dry side) Coast
02:01 Kailua-Kona Town
02:44 Kohala Coast
03:27 Kona Coffee Country vacation rentals
03:42 Windward (wet side) Coast
04:28 Hilo Town
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