While it is the biggest of the Hawaiian Islands, Hawaii, or the "Big Island" is often bypassed in favor of popular Oahu or romantic Maui. Don't cheat yourself out of this spectacular location, filled with wonder, beauty and great rental homes, villas and condos. The Big Island exhibits 11 of the world's climatic zones, giving you immeasurable choices in activities. You can sunbathe on a sandy beach and ski on Mauna Kea, both on the same day. Fly directly into Kona International Airport, or take an island hop from Honolulu International to Hawaii. For reference, you can split the island in two: the Kona side, which is generally sunnier and drier, and the Hilo side which is more tropical. Whether you choose to stay on the Kailua-Kona side of the island or the Hilo side, the Hawaii homes, condos and villas are as varied as the climate zones and activities.
If you are considering a beach vacation rental home or condo, we recommend you stick with a Hawaii property management company to get the best choice and most reliable service. An extended stay is best experienced with a rental home or condo. A vacation renrals beach home provides you with additional space, privacy and that "home away from home" feeling that suits some vacationers very well, especially those bringing the whole family. Big Island vacation rentals are also great for large groups such as golf outings or girl's getaways. Most Big Island rental homes will provide you with all you need for a comfortable stay on the Big Island: fresh linens, functioning kitchens, fully furnished bedrooms and living areas, and safe parking. Locations are endless - from cabins in Holualoa to cottages by North Kohala, to everything in between.
What to do, what to do, where do you start? How about the Parker Ranch where paniolos (Hawaiian cowboys) are hard at work in paradise. Get your fill of snorkeling, scuba diving and fishing off the Kona Coast. Hike the Waipio Valley. Known as "the Valley of the Kings" and take tons of pictures of this area filled with lush greenery. Check out the world's best athletes at the Ironman Triathlon World Championships in October. For you, there are an amazing 10 golf courses on the Big Island. The Mauna Lanai Resort North Course is atop an ancient lava flow, and #17 green is actually inside a bowl of lava rock. How cool is that?
Spend the morning on the golf course, marvel at active Kilauea Volcano and check out the black, white and even green sand beaches that encircle the coastline of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. If you are a bit more adventurous, hike through the park and discover all the cultural gems that are resting there. (Hiking boots are a good buy, if you choose this activity.) Then, settle into one of the great Big Island vacation rentals for a nice meal and a fabulous sunset, or head about 14,000 feet up to the top of Mauna Kea for some unforgettable star gazing. What could be better? Snow capped mountains, active volcanoes, white sand beaches, beautiful traditions. It can all be found on the Big Island