Flying directly to Hawaii or taking an interisland flight from Honolulu, staying in the Kailua-Kona area on the west side, renting a car and taking in a few attractions is the best way to make the most of your opportunities. trip to the big island!
Best time to visit Hawaii: With warm weather year-round, Hawaii is a year-round destination. However, there are two peak seasons on Hawaii Island. (1) Summer, especially June-August, when the weather is perfect and dry, and schools are on break (2) Early winter, especially December, during the holidays, when most of the country is covered with snow, you can still enjoy the warm weather, the beach and water sports on the Big Island of Hawaii. The shoulder seasons, January-May and September-November, have a humid climate, but are the best time to beat the crowds on Hawaii Island.
Required time at: Hawaii Island: With so much to see and do, I recommend spending at least three days on Hawaii Island, which will give you enough time to cover all of Hawaii Island’s major attractions, including Volcanoes National Park, Hamakua Coast, on the eastern side. side and beautiful sandy beaches, historical and cultural sites, and the southernmost point in the United States on the west side of the Big Island of Hawaii. If you have more time, you can spend a few weeks on the island of Hawaii, but run out of places to see and things to do on the big island.
Arriving in Hawaii: While you can fly directly into one of the two major airports on Hawaii Island, Kona International Airport (KOA) on the west side of the Big Island and Hilo International Airport (ITO) on the east side of the island. Hawaii Another popular way to get to Hawaii is to fly into Honolulu International Airport / Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) and then take a short interisland flight to the Big Island. I also highly recommend it Norway’s seven-day tour of Hawaii To all first time visitors to Hawaii! This cruise departs from Honolulu, Oahu, travels to all of Hawaii’s main islands, including Hawaii Island, and then brings you back to Honolulu.
Car rental, parking and public transportation on Hawaii Island: Most hotels and attractions on the island of Hawaii offer parking, and the Big Island also provides bus service on the island; Hele-On Bus, which is a convenient and economical way to get around the Big Island, but you’ll need to plan your day around the bus service schedule. However, I recommend renting a car when visiting Hawaii because the island is easy to navigate and has adequate roads, and most importantly, you will be able to do things at your own pace.
Excursions to places of interest on the island of Hawaii: Although Hawaii is easy to navigate and is best explored by renting a car and then driving around the island, there are a few guidebook places to visit on Hawaii that I recommend: (1) Kilauea Volcano Tours. offered by Adventure in Hawaiian exclusive tour to see the most active volcano on the planet, conditions permitting, (2) Manta Ray Night Snorkel trips, offered by Manta Adventures:An experience of a lifetime swimming alongside the Manta Rays, or you can stay dry and stay on board as an observer and still enjoy the Manta show.
Lodging and dining on the island of Hawaii: While most of the resorts and luxury hotels are located on the west side of the Big Island in the Kailua-Kona area, there are several other locally owned bed and breakfasts and vacation rentals on Hawaii Island. The Big Island has some great dining options, including charming local eateries, fine dining, and seafood shacks, but you shouldn’t miss a few Hawaiian dishes and experiences, including poke, acai bowls, furikake chicken, luau, and of course , real Kona coffee when you visit Hawaii. In a later section of this post, I’ve reviewed the lodging and dining options on Hawaii Island in detail.