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Big Island of Hawai Honeymoon Travel Guide

Say ‘aloha’ to the Big Island of Hawaii – the largest and most diverse island in the Hawaiian archipelago.

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Hapuna Beach, Big Islands
Hapuna Beach, Big Island – Image courtesy of Vincent K. Tylor/Hawaiian Landmark Images

Introducing the Big Island

The Big Island (also called Hawai'i Island) is home to a wide selection of gorgeous white- and golden-sand beaches as well as tropical rainforests, fiery volcanoes, black lava deserts and snow-capped mountain peaks.


What to do and see

The volcanic peaks of Mauna Kea, the world's tallest sea mountain, and the 9144m-high Mauna Loa, the earth’s largest volcano, create a natural barrier to block the north-easterly trade winds, giving the western coast a dry climate with the best beaches and water conditions in Hawaii.

Here you can swim, snorkel and dive year round to discover an underwater paradise teeming with colourful marine life; kayak caves, secluded coves and gorgeous beaches only accessible by sea; or hook up a charter to fish for blue marlin.

The eastern coast is rugged, with pounding surf, tropical rainforests and majestic waterfalls.

On land, the Big Island offers a tremendous choice of hiking, biking and horseback riding opportunities just a 45-minute flight away from Honolulu.

Read more about must-see Hawai'i Island attractions


Where to stay

The Big Island of Hawaii offers newlyweds an excellent choice of accommodation options to suit all tastes and budgets, including the following hotels…

Four Seasons Resort HualalaiFour Seasons Resort Hualalai
Location: 72-100 Ka`upulehu Drive, Kaupulehu
Rating: 5-star
Ave nightly price: AUD1,191 per room
Description: Seven swimming areas and ocean views are included at this Hawaii resort. An 18-hole Jack Nicklaus signature Hualalai Golf Course is on site. Rooms offer a flat-screen TV. The modern rooms at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’upelehu offer Hawaiian-inspired décor with views of the resort grounds or the Pacific Ocean. Free toiletries and a work desk are also included. Guests can enjoy a saltwater pool and an adult only area, as well as a full spa, and 15,000 square feet of fitness facilities. Private, white sand beaches are available at the Four Seasons Resort Haulalai with calm waters for easy swimming. Three restaurants and 2 lounges are available on site. Beach Tree offers beachside Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. Guests can enjoy the food and ambience of a steakhouse with Hualalai Grille, located above the 18 hole golf course. Hapuna Beach is 30 minutes’ drive from the resort. Akaka Falls State Park is 2 hours’ drive away. Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park is 2 hours’ drive from the property.

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection
Location: 62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Drive, Hapuna Beach
Rating: 4-star
Ave nightly price: AUD483 per room
Description: Featuring an unrivaled beachfront location, and boasting a top-rated golf course, this elegant hotel offers personalised services, first-class amenities, and a variety of activities that the entire family can enjoy. The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection provides everything needed for an unforgettable stay. Enjoy supervised children's activities, Hawaiian culture experiences, yoga classes and a number of spa services. Relax in guestrooms featuring all the latest technologies, including iPod compatible radios. In addition to the hotel's exceptional location on Kauna'oa Beach, guests can also enjoy 13 on-site tennis courts, L'Occitane bath amenities and luxurious Frette bed linens. The on-site tour desk at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection can also help arrange area tours and excursions.

The Fairmont Orchid The Fairmont Orchid
Location: 1 North Kaniku Drive, Waikoloa
Rating: 4-star
Ave nightly price: AUD425 per room
Description: Situated amongst 32 oceanfront acres on the Kohala Coast, the Fairmont Orchid is a spectacular resort offering luxurious accommodation and extensive resort facilities to the discerning traveler. The guest rooms feature air conditioning, a TV with cable channels, a refrigerator, a coffee machine, an in-room safe, and a writing desk with a chair. The en suite bathroom includes a bathrobe, free toiletries, a hair dryer, and ironing facilities. The Fairmont Orchid’s stunning beachfront location of white sandy beach and aquamarine waters even attracts a family of sea turtles. The resort scenery includes landscaped gardens and gorgeous waterfalls and a 10,000 square foot free form pool. Resort facilities include a wide range of restaurants and bars, 10 tennis courts, 36 holes of golf, and a unique outdoor Hawaiian ‘Spa Without Walls’, which features waterfall massage huts and massage cabanas. A casual dining experience can be found at the Hale Kai Restaurant. The sushi at Norio’s Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar is also available, while the three-day rotating breakfast buffet at Orchid Court is also offered. ‘Anaeho'omalu Beach, or A-Bay, is 9 km away, while Waialea Bay is 10 km away.

Kings' Land by Hilton Grand Vacations ClubKings' Land by Hilton Grand Vacations Club
Location: 69-699 Waikoloa Beach Drive, Waikoloa
Rating: 4-star
Ave nightly price: AUD523 per room
Description:Located on the Kohala Coast, this resort offers a free transfer service to Waikoloa Village, an on-site restaurant, 4 outdoor swimming pools and a hot tub. All suites offer a full kitchen and balcony. A flat-screen TV is included in each guest suite at Kings' Land by Hilton Grand Vacations Club. An en suite bathroom is provided. The Kings’ Bistro & Lounge, open for breakfast and lunch daily, serves breakfast pastries, salads, sandwiches and pizza. The Kings’ Land Pool Bar is open daily from 11:00 to 18:00 hrs and offers 60 plasma TVs. A fitness centre and activity centre with game tables, video game systems and movies are available for guest use. Golf opportunities are located nearby at championship golf courses. Macademia Nut Farm is 20 km away. Hilo Airport is located 89 km away. Holualoa Kona Coffee Plantation is 45 minutes’ drive away.

Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & BungalowsMauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows
Location: 68-1400 Mauna Lani Drive, Waikoloa
Rating: 4-star
Ave nightly price: AUD477 per room
Description: Located along a white sandy beach on the Kohala Coast, this oceanfront hotel includes a spa, 2 restaurants and 2 golf courses. Kailua-Kona is 40 minutes’ drive away. A flat-screen TV and spacious private terrace are offered in each guest room at Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows. Tea and coffee-making facilities featuring Kona coffee are provided in each room. The CanoeHouse offers a farm-to-table menu highlighting Hawaiian cuisine. The Bay Terrace is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and features salad, sandwiches, sushi and tropical drinks. Two championship golf courses are located on site. A junior 18-hole golf course designed for children and a children’s golf academy are also available. The Mauna Lani Spa and Salon offers 2 saunas, a meditation pavilion and a watsu pool. Hawaiian-influenced massage therapy, aquatic therapy and body treatments are provided. A lap pool and beach cabanas are available. A fitness centre, tennis courts and bicycles are provided for guest recreation. Cultural activities, including hula dancing and lei making classes are offered. Kona International Airport is 30 minutes’ drive away. Hulihee' Palace is 45.1 km away.

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Best time to honeymoon in Hawai'i Island

Balmy and warm all year round, any time of year is a good time to honeymoon on the Big Island, Hawaii.

For mainly dry and sunny conditions it’s probably best to visit during summer, from May to November, when the average high daytime temperature is 29°C (84°F).

For more climate info: Hawai'i Island Weather Guide


Getting there

The Big Island is the largest and the southeastern-most of the Hawaiian islands, a chain of volcanic islands in the North Pacific Ocean, around 3860km from mainland USA. The Big Island lies to the southwest of Maui.

From Honolulu International Airport, the Big Island is just a 25-minute flight away.

Read more about how to get to Hawai'i Island


Latest update Big Island of Hawaii honeymoon destination: 7 February, 2017


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