Destination guide

Experience Big Island in vacation home rentals

Aloha and welcome to the Big Island, a place that needs little introduction. It's famed for its surfing, laid-back lifestyle and achingly beautiful sunsets, best seen from your waterfront Big Island vacation rental. Your vacation in Hawaii can be as action packed or sedate as you want. Some want to dive into the island's endlessly long list of outdoor activities, like hiking, biking and scuba diving. Others just want to tiptoe down onto the beach with a good book and a cold drink in hand to work on their tan, perhaps pausing occasionally to cool off in the sea.

Things to do

Attractions near Big Island vacation rentals

You're not far from Hawaii's beautiful volcanic scenery when you stay in one of The Big Island vacation rentals. However, try not to miss swinging by 1 of the 2 botanical gardens which teem with tropical flora. Fans of the amber nectar will be happy to know that the island is home to a craft brewer, whose beers are best sampled at their Kona Brewpub. In fact, the island is a foodie destination, with a coffee zone growing beans on the foothill slopes of volcanoes and half a dozen different farmers' markets selling local produce.


Things to do near Big Island vacation homes

When it comes to outdoor family adventures, what you can't do on the Big Island isn't worth doing. You could hop on your bike to see the island from the back of 2 wheels, take your clubs to one of the world-class golf courses to practice your swing, saddle up to go biking along the beach and water's edge and much more. When you've got this much coastline, it's unsurprising that watersports feature in most visitors' itineraries. As well as scuba diving and snorkeling, you can don your flippers and mask to go looking for manta rays at night. A unique and humbling experience.


Local weather during your stay in Big Island vacation homes

Hawaii has a fairly consistent year-round climate which hovers around the 80s. Balmy evenings mean eating al fresco is possible whenever you visit. December to February sees the biggest influx of vacationers, with families jetting in for a little winter sun. With knocked down prices on Big Island vacation rentals during summer, the crowds can also climb between June and August. For a happy medium, try one of the shoulder seasons, when rainfall is rare, the prices of rentals are at their lowest and there are very few tourists to contend with on the hiking trails and beaches.

Natural features

Look out for endemics on The Big Island

Hawaii is home to some fascinating wildlife, some of which is endemic to the archipelago. The Hawaiian monk seal is one of the rarest on earth, with just a few hundred breeding pairs left. Alternatively, you might see the funny-looking northern elephant seal, who thrives along the shorelines of Hawaii. Every year, humpback whales, among others, migrate from Alaska to the warmer waters around Hawaii, to mate and raise their young. There are few things as magical as watching a whale fluke and crash its tail down on the surface of the ocean.


Best beaches near Big Island vacation homes

Big Island boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Vacation homes are available near places like Punaluʻu Beach, a pristine beach with black sand, calm waters, and a native population of sea turtles, and Papakolea Beach, a secluded beach with green sand, swimming, and recreation. You'll also like Hapuna Beach, a serene beach with spectacular wildlife for snorkeling.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Hawaii Island

The nearest airport is in Kamuela, HI (MUE-Waimea-Kohala), located 29.6 mi (47.7 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could also fly into Hilo, HI (ITO-Hilo Intl.), which is 32.9 mi (53 km) away.

Good for couples

Couple's retreat in Big Island vacation rentals

With its many romantic locations, it’s no surprise that Big Island is popular for honeymoons. Vacation homes are available near places like the Liliʻuokalani Park and Gardens, a park with Edo-style gardens, koi ponds, and a Japanese teahouse, and the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, a lush garden with tropical plants like orchids, banana groves, and more. You'll also like Huliheʻe Palace, a historic home for Hawaiian royalty with Victorian artifacts and cultural events.

Where to stay around Big Island?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 4,460 vacation rentals near Big Island. From 1,463 Houses to 187 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Big Island for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Big Island?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Big Island. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Kahaluu Bay: 635 vacation rentals
  • Volcano: 221 vacation rentals
  • Kailua-Kona: 3,488 vacation rentals
  • Kona Coast: 3,565 vacation rentals
  • Hilo: 516 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Big Island! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Big Island?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Big Island:

  • Volcano: 221 rentals
  • Kailua-Kona: 3,488 rentals
  • Hilo: 516 rentals
  • Puako: 1,368 rentals
  • Waikoloa Village: 1,380 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Big Island?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Big Island are:

  • Kona International At Keahole Airport (KOA): 3,046 vacation rentals
  • Hilo International Airport (ITO): 515 vacation rentals
  • Waimea Kohala Airport (MUE): 1,381 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Big Island?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Big Island. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Mauna Kea Beach: 1,119 rentals
  • Waikola Village Golf Club: 677 rentals
  • Mauna Lani Resort Golf Course: 1,511 rentals
  • Magic Sands Beach: 2,112 rentals
  • Waipio Valley Lookout: 426 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Big Island listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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