The very best of Big Island
Bask in the endless bounty of Big Island
The largest of the Hawaiian Islands, Big Island is home to a diverse landscape that will enchant even the most discerning of travellers. Those planning a week of peace and tranquillity can find solace on its world-renowned and pristine beaches, famed for their golden sands and aquamarine shores. If it’s adventure you’re seeking, the island’s rainforests offer the perfect playground for a week of hiking and exploration.
Foodies will find plenty to whet their appetite, too. Famed for its fresh fish and seafood, the island’s restaurants provide plenty of opportunities to sample the local cuisine - it’s rare that you’ll find a menu without a dish featuring sautéed mahi-mahi or seared ono.
The onefinestay experience
At onefinestay, we believe that a holiday should be more than just an escape from the daily bustle. That’s why we offer a range of exclusive concierge services that can be tailored to your individual break. From arranging your daily excursions and restaurant reservations to in-house spa services, we’re here to ensure that you enjoy an unforgettable experience. From the moment you book your stay, our Travel Advisors are on hand to take you through the many options. We’ll ensure that everything is prepared before your arrival, so you can make the most of every minute.
Unforgettable experiences await
Swimming with manta rays and touring the island by helicopter is all in a day’s work here on the Big Island. While you can enjoy all the classic adventures here - kayaking, sailing, and snorkelling (to name a few) - we’d highly recommend taking a look at some of the more unusual and unforgettable experiences too.
How about a submarine tour of Kona’s coast? Discover a completely different world as you descend the vibrant reef, without even having to get your swimsuit on! Thrill-seekers will want to take on the Hilo Zipline, which gives visitors an exhilarating opportunity to sail across the 250-foot KoleKole Falls.
Abounding in natural beauty
While you might be eager to get your toes into the soft sands of Big Island’s beaches (we definitely don't blame you), it’s also worth heading slightly inland and exploring the southeast of the island. Resting 13,677 feet above sea level, the unique landscape of the Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park attracts visitors from across the world. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is home to two of the island’s mighty volcanoes - Kīlauea and Mauna Loa. It’s here you’ll also find the Halema'uma'u crater, a steaming crater rumoured to be the dwelling of the Hawaiian goddess of fire.
Experienced hikers won’t want to miss the chance to climb to the summit of Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano that soars above the clouds. Its otherworldly landscape offers a challenge for even the most seasoned of adventurers, so be sure to plan your route well in advance. Easier hiking routes can be enjoyed in the Akaka Falls State Park - a lush tropical park with an impressive 442-foot waterfall waiting to be discovered.
For those who would prefer to stay at sea level, the Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park offers a unique insight into the islander’s traditions and culture. Set along the turquoise shores of the scenic Kona Coast sits a restored temple site, where visitors can walk around the palace and discover its koa wood carvings, royal fishpond, and model houses.
Explore the island’s charming towns
While adventuring, it’s well worth making a pit stop in the charming towns and villages dotted across the island. In Hilo, you can live like a local and pick up some delicious produce in the twice-weekly Hilo Farmers Market - a vibrant display of homegrown fruits, vegetables and produce. Some stall owners serve up ready-to-go food, such as shaved ice and the regional favourite, poke.
Hawi is another lovely town, set on the verdant northern tip of the island. Home to a lovely selection of art galleries, boutiques, and eateries, it’s a great place to spend a couple of hours discovering the local haunts.
Curious to find out more about the delicious coffee grown on the island? Located in the small town of Captain Cook, the award-winning Kona Coffee Living History Farm allows you to stroll among the coffee trees as you discover the rich history of the island’s booming coffee trade.
A paradise for foodies
You’ll find a whole host of excellent restaurants on the island, most of which serve up all the local delicacies - from fresh fish to Kalua pig. Merriman's in Waimea features a wonderful blend of Hawaiian and American cuisine, carefully curated by the award-winning Chef Peter Merriman. Big believers in the ‘farm to table’ ethos, 90% of the menu is locally sourced.
For great food and views, the nearby Brown's Beach House is an open-air beach restaurant serving a delicious array of seafood dishes accompanied by homegrown produce. This AAA Four Diamond eatery features live Hawaiian music every night, giving you a real taste of island life by the shores of Pauoa Bay.
For sunset cocktails and a unique seasonal menu that combines the best of Mediterranean and Hawaiian cuisine, head to Meridia. Seafood features prominently on the evening menu, but you’ll also find an excellent choice of meat and plant-based dishes. Once you’ve finished dining, you can head into the cosy lounge and enjoy a well-earned cocktail - perfect for a date night.
Bewitched by Big Island?
Our delightful villas can be found in some of the most scenic corners of Big Island. If you’ve been dreaming of spending a week on the shores of Kohala, why not get in touch with one of our knowledgeable Travel Advisors today? We can help you plan the perfect break while sharing all our insider knowledge of the island.