Where to Stay on Hawaii (Big Island) | the best resorts, hotels, & areas to stay for Hawaii

The Island of Hawaii is a big island and figuring out where to stay is not easy. Here are our favorite hotels, resorts, and what area of the Big Island, Hawaii is right for your Hawaii vacation.

Do you book your resort or vacation rental in Kailua-Kona, Hilo, the Kohala Coast, Kona coffee country, or around Volcanoes National Park? So many choices on the Big Island so watch this before you book a place!

Now that you know where to stay on the Island of Hawaii, finish your planning with our Big Island Wayfinder Itinerary. Our 6-day itinerary is full-day excursions on what to do, where to eat, when to make reservations, and a video tour of the island.

Our favorite Big Island resorts and hotels by region. Note, some are partnership links and some are not, and all are booking directly with the hotels for the best rate and flexibility.

Kailua-Kona and Kona Coast
Sheraton Kona https://prf.hn/l/KN8V1gL
Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel https://prf.hn/l/KV4k52n

Kohala Coast (Gold Coast)
Westin Hapuna Beach https://prf.hn/l/78YzaA0
Mauna Lani Resort https://aubergeresorts.com/maunalani/
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel https://prf.hn/l/rvgWxo5
The Fairmont Orchid https://www.fairmont.com/orchid-hawaii/

Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo (Double Tree by Hilton) https://www.grandnaniloahilo.com/
Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel https://www.castleresorts.com/big-island/hilo-hawaiian-hotel/
Volcano House https://www.nps.gov/havo/learn/historyculture/volcano-house.htm

Check out Airbnb and Vrbo for vacation rentals around the island.

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Our favorite Big Island tour operators (some are partnerships, some are not, all of them we love):
Manta Ray Night Snorkeling: https://thehawaiivacationguide.com/manta-ray-night-snorkel-with-sea-paradise/
Umuama Zipline and Kayak Experience: https://thehawaiivacationguide.com/zip-and-dip-ziplining-and-kayaking-with-the-umauma-experience/

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Where to Stay on the Big Island, Hawaii:
00:00 Introduction
00:23 Areas and Geography of Hawaii
01:34 Leeward (dry side) Coast
02:01 Kailua-Kona Town
02:44 Kohala Coast
03:27 Kona Coffee Country vacation rentals
03:42 Windward (wet side) Coast
04:28 Hilo Town
04:58 Volcano Village, Fern Forest, Puna vacation rentals

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  1. As a resident of the Big Island, this was a really good video!
    Don't forget to check out the tiny towns in between the big ones — lots of rich history and small businesses to check out.

    Reminder to all visitors and potential visitors: don't touch the wildlife here. Alot of them are endangered and carry felony charges.

  2. Just wanted to remind everyone that plans to visit Hawaii, don't touch or harass the marine animals. So many tourist are putting up social media videos of them harassing the animals that Hawaii has increased the fine to $50,000! And we will hunt them down in whatever state or country they are from and press charges. If they don't pay the fines then a warrant will be issued and they can be arrested if they EVER return to the islands.
    Also, we love the wild marine animals like our own ohana, and can get very aggressive in protecting them. We see, we watch, we act.
    Please show ALOHA to all our family.

  3. I can't wait to get out there next summer!! I know I won't wanna come back! You two make GREAT video's!! I can't wait to see more from ya! Much respect and support from Yuma, AZ. 👍👍

  4. Great video!! Planning to head there in December because on our way to Oahu a couple of weeks back we had a 12 hour flight delay, so they gave us credits for future flights within one year. Probably going to visit the Big Island in december!! Also a question, is there more rainfall in the winter than in the summer? Thank you for the helpful info!!

  5. We loved the big island! We stayed in Kona for our honeymoon 16 yrs ago at Kona Village Resort, which sadly got destroyed by a huge storm a number of years ago. Such a fun place with so many options to do and see! Thanks for sharing 😁

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