Most visitors to the Big Island choose the sunnier Kona and Kohala Coasts as their home base and include a few days on the more tropical Hamakua Coast to see Volcanoes National Park and the sights around Hilo. But you may want to choose the opposite itinerary.

Either way, you don’t have to spend a fortune to stay on the Big Island (although you certainly can if you want to). Whether it is:

  1. Resort Hotels

  2. Rental Condos

  3. Bed and Breakfasts

or even camping on Big Island beaches, you will surely be pleased with the quality and variety of accommodations the Big Island has to offer.

Places to Stay 

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Click on the area of the island you would like to make your home base during your vacation.

  1. The Kona Coast

  1. The Kohala Coast

  1. Waimea and North Coast

  1. Hilo and Hamakua

  1. Volcano Area

Things to Consider

Before Booking

The following are some tips our readers shared with us regarding their choice of lodging.

Resort Hotels

Most resorts charge for parking. Figure that into your lodging calculations.”  Steve P. Vancouver, WA

“Do you really need an ocean-view room? Considering how little time we spent in our room, a less expensive garden view room would have been a better choice. You can always go the beach if you want ocean view.” Lisa L. Fort Collins, CO,

“Make sure your room isn’t next to an elevator or the ice machine!” Tom T.. Portland, OR,

Rental Condos

Many condo developments are on golf courses. The grounds crews start work early in the morning and golfers are usually on the course by 7:00AM. Lou C., Las Vegas, NV.

“If you are staying on the Kona/Kohala coast and your lanai faces west, be prepared for the hot afternoon sun to bake your lanai and spill into your condo. It is better to reserve a condo with an east or north facing lanai.” Karin L., Vancouver, B.C.

“If the condo is near the ocean on the Kona or Kohala Coast, be sure it it is air conditioned.” Brie M., Honolulu, HI.

“Be sure your lanai doesn’t open onto a busy street, or overlook the dumpster.” Elvin H., Phoenix, AZ.,

“If you choose to stay in a ground floor unit, be prepared for folks walking past your lanai, and noise from the unit above you (a building with cement floors will usually be quieter than one with wooden floors). Also, protect your valuables. Ground floor units are prime pickings for those who don’t respect the property of others.” Cynthia G., San Diego, CA,

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