Hawaii Island, HI
Hawaii
By Danielle Swink

Hawaii, the largest of the Hawaiian Islands is simply known as “The Big Island.” The Big Island boasts many world records, including: Kilaueu - the world’s most active volcano, Maunakea – world’s tallest sea mountain, and Maunaloa – the world’s most massive mountain. As one would expect, on an island with many “mosts” to its name, there is plenty to see and do! Let WhatsCheaper.com help you explore the Big Island of Hawaii!

The island boasts two international airports for travel ease. On the west side of the island is Kona International Airport (KOA) and on the east side is the Hilo International Airport (ITO). Taxis and rental cars are available at both airports and Kona International Airport is also serviced by public transportation. Let WhatsCheaper.com (https://www.whatscheaper.com/flight.php) assist you in booking your flight to the Big Island of Hawaii! WhatsCheaper.com can also assist with booking your hotel reservations; just click here (https://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) to start your search.

The Big Island has many adventures to offer! Explore an active volcano (safely, of course) where lava flows to the sea, walk through a lava tube, go hiking or enjoy the rainforest in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park covers 330,000 acres and is approximately 45 minutes from Hilo in the Kau region (the southeast portion of the island). Travel north to the region of Puna to find famed black sand beaches next to orchards and fields of fruit and nuts. The dichotomy of the landscape is a wonder to behold and demonstrates the vast diversity of the island. Further up the coast is Hilo, home of numerous parks, museums, waterfalls, and the Hilo Farmers Market, open every Wednesday and Saturday. Don’t be surprised if you see military vehicles and personnel during your trip; Hawaii’s largest military training facility is located on the Big Island and military personnel often arrive in Hilo.

Next in our counter-clockwise trip around the Big Island is the Hamakua Coast Region where you will experience lush tropical rainforests and awe inspiring waterfalls. Plan a visit to the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden or the World Botanical Garden as well as the Akaka Falls State Park. History pervades the north and northwest regions of the island known as North Kohala and Kohala Coast; the birthplace of King Kamehameha, the Anaehoomalu Petroglyphs, and Puukohola Heiau, a Native Hawaiian temple are all located here. Paniolo (cowboy) country awaits you here also with the Parker Ranch, one of the oldest and largest cattle ranches in the United States. If you are looking for luxury on the Big Island it can be found in these regions; many spas, golf courses, and resorts await you.

Rich in history, water sports, fine dining, coffee farms, and nightlife; the Kona district is the epitome of variety for visitors. Spend your days exploring Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park or Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park, snorkeling or diving in the crystal clear waters, or tasting the many varieties of famous Kona coffee. Your nights can be spent sampling Hawaiian Regional Cuisine, enjoying live music or special shows at one of the many resorts. Here, the nightlife doesn’t just happen on land; enjoy an evening cruise or slip below the water for a night dive with manta rays.

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MUST SEE IN Hawaii Island, HI LIST:

  • 1. Hawaii Volcanoes
  • 2. Pacific Tsunami Museum
  • 3. Punaluu Black Sand Beach
  • 4. Historic Kailua Village
  • 5. Wailuku River State Park
  • 6. Liliuokalani Gardens
  • 7. W.M. Keck Observatory
  • 8. Waipio Valley
  • 9. Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site
  • 10. Dolphin Quest Hawaii

Hawaii Island, HI EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Merrie Monarch Festival - March/April
  • 2. Big Island Film Festival - May
  • 3. Big Island Hawaiian Music Festival - July
  • 4. Kilauea Cultural Festival - July
  • 5. Hawaii Day - August
  • 6. Mealani's Taste of the Hawaiian Range - September

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Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay
78-128 Ehukai Street, Kailua-Kona, HI
By Laura Catherine Koss

A pure paradise with all the offerings of a first class retreat, the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay provides the ideal Hawaiian getaway.

With only 13 breathtakingly beautiful miles to drive from the Kona International Airport at Keahole, guests may reserve the hotel shuttle, hail a taxi, or schedule the resort limo to greet them upon landing. Rental cars are available for those who don’t mind paying the resort's small daily parking fee. The sweet smell of Plumeria ushers weary travelers into the welcoming hands of the friendly curbside valet service with the warm front desk staff waiting nearby to complete a prompt and informative check-in, inviting guests to arrive in the afternoon anytime after 3.  

Each room at the Sheraton Kona offers a basic array of luxury amenities including television and entertainment options, office accommodations, and essential kitchen appliances like a refrigerator and coffee maker. With the lush natural flora blooming just outside the door, guests can retreat to their air-conditioned personal environment and enjoy spectacular views of the ocean, pool, or garden from the quaint perch of their private balcony. Connecting rooms, suites, and lanais are all available upon request.

Designed to accommodate the interests and appetites of every guest young and old, the grounds of the resort allow children to exhaust themselves in the shallow beach area, the water fountains, or the sandy-bottomed pool while adults look on amidst the serene tropical oasis sprawled to the edge of the cliff overlooking Keauhou Bay.  After an afternoon of dolphin and whale watching from the hammock or going snorkeling with the majestic Manta Rays, guests can look forward to a lively evening of music and dancing with a side of delectable Pacific Rim fare at Rays on the Bay, with the farthest tables close enough to the dramatic waves crashing below guests will enjoy the occasional ocean mist cooling their freshly sun-kissed skin.

Offering a full package from a 24-hour fitness facility to a fresh and delicious breakfast buffet daily, the Sheraton Kona provides guests not only an unforgettable encounter with Hawaii’s rich culture and true aloha spirit but a vacation experience unlike any other. While they are expected to check out by 12 PM on the final day of their visit, guests are guaranteed to leave already anticipating their next visit to this true paradise. To fall in love with the Big Island and book a trip that will exceed even the highest expectations, arrange reservations now with WhatsCheaper.com (https://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

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