Where to Stay & Why - From beachfront condo rentals with resort amenities to secluded villa rentals away from the hustle and bustle, Owner Direct has different lodgings no matter what kind of vacation you have in mind. Let each part of the group have their own bed or room, make home-cooked meals in the fully equipped kitchen, lounge in the cozy living room while enjoying movie night, or grill some burgers while the kids splash in the private pool. You can also ask if the vacation rental has other amenities that will minimize what you pack such as equipment for babies/toddlers, sports equipment, or pool toys. All kinds of travelers will really enjoy well-appointed vacation rentals whether it’s for a short or long-term stay.
What to See & Do - The island boasts everything from beaches to snow-covered peaks, from hardened lava deserts to steamy and lush rainforests. For beaches, visit the coastal Kailua Kona, the emerald sands of the Puna region, or the black beaches of Punalu’u, each a drop of paradise. The island is more than just sandy perfection. Visit the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, go scuba diving, surfing, stroll historic Kailua Village, take a whale watching tour, or play a round of golf on the emerald green fairways in Hawaii.
Where to Eat & Drink - The food here can be different from what you can find on the mainland. There are local restaurants, farmers markets, and farms/orchards. Try the local cacao and macadamia nuts grown in rich volcanic soil. Malasadas is a tasty snack for when you’re on the road. Kalua pig is especially great when combined with locally produced microbrews. After sunset, there’s On the Rocks, Laverne’s Sports Bar, and Bongo Ben’s for some of nightly entertainment and drinks.
How to Get Here & Getting Around - Many people fly from Hilo Airport or Kona Airport to O'ahu’s Honolulu International Airport. For getting around, it’s best to have a car as the island is simply too large to navigate without one.
When to Go - The best time to visit is between September and November. For whale-watching, visit during winter or early spring.
Can’t decide which part of the island to visit? Check out our Big Island Travel Guide to help you choose.