Best Places To Stay On The Big Island

5 Best Luxury Big Island Vacation Rentals

1. Fairway North – Have your own swim-up bar.

Pool view with artificial waterfall spilling into pool. Beach chairs and umbrellas with flowers and fauna.

2. Artevilla – Next to Pauoa Beach

Pool view of back yard and back of home. Green trees and plants surround the property.

3. Hale Nana Kohola – Watch the whales from this home

Backyard pool and lanai with dining area and bbq.

4. Blue Lagoon – Polynesian resort inspired estate

Blue lagoon back entrance with pond and view of home

5. Hale Pua – Seawall right in your backyard

Backyard with seawall and green grass. House and pool with beach chairs and palm trees.

5 Best Affordable Big Island Resorts

1. Beach Villas at Kahaluu – Right next to Turtle beach

Beach villas at kahaluu with ocean and waves in background surrounded by palm trees.

2. Kona Coast Resort – Just 5 minutes from Kailua-Kona

Kona Coast resort sign made out of lava rocks with palm trees and bushes.

3. Kona Reef – Right on the water

Kona reef from above with pool, beach chairs, umbrellas, rocks, and ocean.

4. Mauna Loa Village – Right next to Kona Country Club

Mauna Loa Village pond with palm trees and water fountains.

5. Na Hale O Keauhou – Next to Keauhou Shopping Center

Aerial view of Na Hale O Keauhou resort with ocean and palm trees in back ground.

3 Best Locations on the Big Island to stay

1. Kailua-Kona

Kailua-Kona Beach from above with people in water and on beach

2. Kohala Coast

Sunset as seen through the palm trees looking out to the ocean

3. Hilo

Liliʻuokalani Park, Hilo, Hawaii with bridge over the water at sunset

There are more than 9,700 guest rooms on the island (including more than 600 vacation rentals)

Looking for a place to stay on the Big Island? “The Orchid Isle” has accommodations of every kind, from luxury hotels to bed & breakfast cottages. No doubt you’ll find a number of accommodations tailored to your needs, desires, and budget.

Choosing a Location

Due to the Big Island large size, choosing a location near sightseeing, attractions, activities and other things you’d like to do becomes important. You don’t want to spend the majority of your vacation in a car! If there are several areas you would like to see, we suggest arranging multiple accommodations around the island.

Luxurious Kohala Coast

For the finest in luxury resorts, head to the Kohala Coast, located at the northern end of the Big Island’s western coast. Often referred to as “The Gold Coast,” Kohala is a sunny and arid region offering a good number of luxury hotels set in four resort areas. World-class golf, award-winning beaches, and fine dining are among the amenities here.

Popular Kailua-Kona

The highest concentration of visitor rooms is located in Kailua-Kona on the island’s west side. This bustling vacation town offers a mix of upscale properties, budget hotels and motels, condominiums, rental homes, hostels, and bed & breakfasts.

Tip: It gets really tough trying to find a room here during mid-October, when Kailua-Kona hosts the Ironman Triathlon World Championship.

Volcanoes National Park

There are a number of lodging options near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the Big Island’s most popular visitor attraction. Volcano Village offers a variety of bed & breakfasts and rental cabins.

On the Big Island’s east side is historic Hilo town

Hilo offers a pair of moderately priced hotels as well as some condominiums, bed & breakfasts, hostels, and rental homes. Most of these accommodations are clustered along Banyan Drive, an oceanfront roadway famous for its string of banyan trees that were planted by numerous celebrities, including Franklin D. Roosevelt, Babe Ruth, Amelia Earhart, Cecil B. de Mille, King George V, and Richard Nixon. Another tip: Book your reservations early if you want to stay in Hilo during the week after Easter Sunday. That’s when the Merrie Monarch Festival—the world’s most prestigious hula event—takes place in Hilo.

North Shore is home to the plantation town

Heading north from Hilo on Hamakua Highway, you’ll find a number of plantation towns that offer bed & breakfast accommodations.

Upcountry has a cooler climate and ranchlands

Finally, head upcountry to the ranchlands of Waimea. The lodgings here are primarily bed & breakfasts and small hotels.