Volcanoes and history come alive on the “Big Island.” From the active volcanoes to the snow-capped heights of Maunakea; from rainforests at Hamakua Coast to jet-black sands of Punaluu Beach, Hawaii Island presents nature’s beauty and force on a dramatic scale.

To avoid confusion with the name of the state, the Island of Hawaii is often called the “Big Island,” and it is well-named! Nearly twice as big as all other Hawaiian Islands combined, its size and scope creates a microcosm of environments and activities, including lava viewing, stargazing, diving and snorkeling, and hiking in Volcano National Park. And don’t forget the white, green, and black sand beaches!

In addition to the natural variety, you’ll also find extravagant resorts, incredible golf courses, charming local towns and sacred Hawaiian historical sites, including the birthplace of King Kamehameha I and Hawaii’s first missionary church in Historic Kailua Village (Kailua-Kona). With all that Hawaii Island has offer, you’ll want to come back again and again.

Ultimate Choice Featured Resorts

Ultimate Hawaii Vacations books accommodations at all resort destinations on Hawaii. Resorts with the Ultimate Choice designation are our top-recommended resorts for the island. Our extensive research and our own personal travel in Hawaii has given us the experience to recommend the following Ultimate Choice Featured Resorts.

Hilton Waikoloa Village★★★★

OVERVIEW This resort is a destination in itself, this impressive property is nestled within 62 oceanfront acres, offering breathtaking tropical gardens and abundant wildlife. Explore our waterfront resort by air-conditioned trams. Or take a leisurely stroll along flagstone walkways flanked by Polynesian and Asian artwork. Located on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii, … Continue reading Hilton Waikoloa Village

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel★★★★★

OVERVIEW This was said by Laurance S. Rockefeller, who founded The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel in 1965. He knew the great beach at Kauna’oa also deserved spectacular golf and exceptional dining to accompany the most exclusive and expensive resort of its day. Four decades later, following a $150 million repair and renovation, The Mauna Kea … Continue reading Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa★★★★

OVERVIEW Makana is the Hawaiian word for gift. At Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay, it is through makana that guests connect with all that is the experience of an authentic Hawaiian vacation here on the Big Island at this 22-acre oceanfront resort. At Ray’s on the Bay kamaaina (locals) gather with visitors … Continue reading Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa