December 27, 2016

3 Places To Stay On The Big Island Hawaii


Hawaii island is also known as the Big Island. It is the biggest island in Hawaii state. Driving from one town to other town takes little bit of time. I suggest that you stay a few days on the island to be able to enjoy what this island has to offer. Consider the following three places to stay when you visit the Big Island:

Hilo

There are two airports on the Big Island. One of them is located in Hilo. This town is close to the Volcano National Park. If you want to start out visiting the national park early morning, staying in Hilo is a good option. Downtown Hilo is nice with shops and restaurants. Consider staying at the Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo that was just acquired by DoubleTree Hilton this year. We stayed there for one night and it was a nice property.

Stay in Hilo Close To the Volcano National Park

Kailua-Kona

The other airport on the Big Island is the Kona airport, which is close to the Kailua-Kona town. This town is a very touristy one on the island. Lodging prices here are not too bad. Kona Square has several shops and restaurants. The Atlantis Submarine is also located there. Beach area isn't that great. But if you want to be in the center of actions, then consider staying in this town.

Kona Square Full of Restaurants and Shops - Right in the Center of Kailua-Kona

Kohala Coast

I am saving this one last because this is the most expensive area compared to the other two mentioned above. If you are looking for white sandy beaches and relaxation, then look no further. Kohala Coast has variety of resorts. This resort area is far from all the hustles and bustles, so your options are very limited to just what the resort offers. We stayed at the Hapuna Prince Beach Hotel. It was really nice as we mainly wanted to stay close to the sandy beach as much as possible. We had a rental car, so we just drove to the touristy town such as Kailua-Kona when we felt like leaving the resort for a few hours.

White Sandy Beach At the Hapuna Prince Beach Hotel on the Kohala Coast

Summary

In short, if you want to visit the Volcano National Park, consider staying in Hilo for one night; otherwise, you will have some driving to do back and forth. If you want to stay right in the middle of actions, then you can't go wrong with Kailua-Kona town. Accommodations there are a little bit more  expensive than Hilo, but a lot cheaper than resorts in Kohala Coast that offers tranquility and sandy beaches.

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