Nearly twice as big as all the other Hawaiian islands combined, Hawaii is the largest (and newest) Hawaiian island.
Known as the “Big Island,” Hawaii is the ultimate island for families who want to explore active volcanoes, experience paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) life, and to see black sand beaches.
BEST PLACES TO STAY ON THE BIG ISLAND
Hilton Waikoloa Village
For the ultimate place to stay on the Big Island with kids, head to the Hilton Waikoloa Village. They have a 4-acre ocean-fed saltwater lagoon with sea turtles and tropical fish, waterslides, canal boats, air-conditioned trams, 14 restaurants, and a kids club! Check the latest rates and availability.
Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel
This is a great location right in Kona on the popular Ali’i Drive. The main features include the on-site luau, Kona Atlantis Submarine, Ululani’s Shave Ice, kid-friendly beach, and pool area. Check the latest rates and availability.
If you want to spend the night at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, this is the only hotel located inside the park. It’s a historic hotel with an incredible restaurant and some of the best views of lava right from your window.
TOP THINGS TO DO ON THE BIG ISLAND
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
This is the main reason many people choose to visit the Big Island. There are tons of hiking trails and places to visit to see lava (if the volcanoes are active). It’s full of history and Hawaiian culture and definitely worth a stop.
Some of the most famous waterfalls in Hawaii are located on the Hilo side of the island. You can either drive yourself or take a tour to check them out.
Snorkel with Manta Rays
The Big Island is the only place in Hawaii where you can snorkel with manta rays. This excursion happens at night and is sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
PLACES TO EAT ON THE BIG ISLAND
This is one of the most famous restaurants in Kona for an epic view and even better food. They also have a more casual cafe next door called Huggo’s On The Rocks.
Lava Lava Beach Club
Located up in Waikoloa, this is an awesome place for tasty food, tropical drinks, and cool lawn games to keep everyone entertained.
Two Ladies Kitchen
If you want to try the best mochi in Hawaii, head to Two Ladies Kitchen in Hilo. They are famous for their mochi wrapped around a whole strawberry.
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