Places to Stay – The Big Island

The Big Island has diverse accommodations for your visit to the island. Each region offers you a choice of where you want to rest your head at night or relax when not out exploring the natural beauty of the island.

There are hotels, resorts, bed and breakfasts, and condo and vacation rentals to choose from on your visit. There are places that offer a little more privacy and seclusion than others, and places that are a little quieter. In general, any accommodation that you choose will match the tranquility of the island as it nestles perfectly in the landscape with no large buildings.

It is important to choose your accommodation in accordance to what you have planned for your trip to the Big Island. For example, Hilo can be a great place to stay as it is central to many of the island’s attractions, tours, and activities. If you are looking for a place where you will most likely spend most of your time without too much exploration, one of the fine resorts on the island would be more suiting to your dream vacation.


In most regions the hotels are older, but many have been redesigned with still keeping the history alive of the original building. In Hilo, there are three main hotels to choose from that are a few steps away from the ocean, offering beautiful views of the morning sunrise and of the majestic Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa mountains. Depending upon your budget, the hotels available in Hilo town are The Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, Uncle Billy’s Hotel, and the Hilo Seaside Hotel. All hotels have the basic amenities, a small pool, a balcony, a gift shop, and dining options. All hotels are located next to each other, so it is easy to explore what other hotels have to offer in dining or shopping. If you are planning a trip out to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park you may consider staying at the Kilauea Lodge. It is a great historical hotel that has the basic amenities, but no pool and no television. You can even forget about checking your email as there is limited wireless services in the area. Kailua-Kona is also a great place to stay when visiting the West side of the island. Some popular places to stay are the King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel and the Kona Seaside Hotel.


There are more resort options on the Big Island than there are hotels. Most of the resorts are in the Kohala Coast and Kona regions. These resorts sit on the beach in the sunny blue skies of the West side of the island. On the Kohala Coast you can find The Fairmont Orchid Hawaii, the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, and Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows. These resorts offer day spas, fitness centers, pools, golf, children’s activities, shopping, and dining options. It is only steps away from the beautiful white sand beaches of the area. In the Kona area, popular resorts include the Royal Kona Resort and the Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa at Keauhou. These resorts are great also for families as there are children activities, day spas, fitness centers, shopping, pools, and a variety of dining options.

Bed and Breakfasts

There are few bed and breakfast establishments throughout all the regions on the Big Island. These accommodations offer visitors privacy, a quiet place to relax, and a place to take in the natural beauty of the island’s scenery. Some of the most popular bed and breakfast places are the Aaah the View Bed and Breakfast that offers views of the mountains and the ocean. This is a great place to stay when exploring the North Kohala area. It is cold in this area, so ensure that you bring some warm clothes with you. Another cold area to stay is at Volcano. This area’s popular bed and breakfast is AJ’s Volcano Cottage. Water is on a catchment system in this area, so don’t drink the water from the pipes. There is a small general store and a few places to eat in-between your explorations of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. If staying in the city of Hilo, Bay House Bed and Breakfast offers breakfast to its visitors, a private room and bath, and is more of a luxury style setting. Another luxury bed and breakfast is in the Kona region called the Hale Moana Bed and Breakfast. It is very private with ocean views and the quiet serenity that you may be looking for on your vacation.

Condos and Vacation Rentals

Choosing to rent a condo or vacation home is a great idea if you are traveling with a large family or large group and will be staying on the island for an extended period of time. There are not many rentals available on the Big Island, except in the Kona region. In Kailua-Kona you can find oceanfront vacation homes to rent by the week or month. These homes sit right at the ocean’s edge giving you a perfect view of each sunset. Although there is heavy traffic along this area of rentals, the sound of the ocean will drown out the sound of the cars. The people drive slowly in this area, so there shouldn’t be much loud activity. The Kona region also is home to many condo units, which is also available for vacation rentals. These condos are private and usually come with a pool in addition to its private bedrooms and kitchen area. The Puna region also has some secluded homes designated for vacation rentals, which is close to shopping and viewing of the Kilauea Volcanic lava flow. These vacation rentals are very private and give you a true feeling of what it is like to live day to day in beautiful Hawaii.