Big Island Travel Guide

The Big Island of Hawaii is one of the most fascinatingly surreal places on Earth. At twice the size of the other islands combined and with only 125,000 residents, the Big Island also offers big time excitement. At its southeast shore, the impressive Kilauea Volcano continues to append an eerie display of additional coastline. At the island’s center, two majestic volcanic mountains—Mauna Kea and Moana Loa—dominate the landscape. Both summits are over 13,680 feet above sea level. Moana Loa—the world’s largest volcano—is more than 32,000 feet above the ocean floor, making it taller than Mt. Everest! Mauna Kea is the largest island-based mountain in the world.

There are basically two substantial areas on the Big Island within  which to lodge—the environs in and around Kailua-Kona and the Kohala Coast about 30 miles down the road, with its three major resorts the venerable Waikoloa Resort. Also perched slightly above the Kohala Coast is Waikoloa Village, with its array of condos and private homes. Over the other side of the island (about 40 minutes above Hilo) is Volcano Village and the sensational Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Perhaps a personal story best sums up the Big Island experience. Several years ago, I had the pleasure of bringing my mom and dad to the moon-like landscape that is on display on a vast expanse of the Big Island’s western side from south to north. As we drove from the Kona airport north toward the Kohala Coast, through miles of stark and foreboding lava fields, my mom exclaimed, “Are we really spending 10 days here?” Ten days later,  as our plane lifted off from Hilo airport came the words, “When are we coming back?”

Big Island Hawaii Golf


  • Keahole-Kona (KOA)
  • Hilo International (ITO)

Major City/Town:

  • Hilo
  • Kailua-Kona
  • Kamuela-Waimea

Man-made attractions:

  • Hawi town
  • Hulihe’e Palace
  • Painted Church
  • Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden

Mostly nature-made attractions:

  • Hawaii Volcanoes Nat’l Park
  • Pololu Valley
  • Kealakekua Bay & Refuge
  • South Point
  • Hapuna Beach State Park
  • Green Sand Beach
  • Punalu’u Black Sand Beach
  • Rainbow Falls
  • Akaka Falls
  • Waipi’o Valley

Family Vacations in Hawaii

Plan your next golf vacation in the Hawaiian Islands. We can suggest Big Island packages that include  accommodations, car rentals, golf and all kinds of activities. We know the Hawaiian Islands and can give you the best advice on the attractions you want to see. Enjoy the beauty of Maui, Oahu, Kauai and The Big Island. Are you hoping to Visit Kailua-Kona, Hilo, Hawi, Volcano Village and other Big Island towns and cities? You can take Hawaii tours, go Hiking, do Sport Fishing, Food Tours, and Sunset Cruises among other fun activities. Make your Hawaii golf vacation a priority and enjoy a holiday that will revitalize your spirit and rekindle your love of life.