THE 10 BEST THINGS TO DO ON THE BIG ISLAND, HAWAII

When researching the most luxurious vacation rentals Hawaii has to offer, you will undoubtedly fall head over heels for Villa Hale ‘o Ka La, which combines luxury seclusion with first-class, resort-style amenities. The property is custom designed to have you wanting to hibernate, but the Big Island is the epitome of those paradise vacations Hawaii is famous for. There is so much to do in the area, and we want you to have your pick. Here’s our roundup of what to do, where to go, and everything to see on the Big Island, Hawaii.


Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park


Hawaii is synonymous with nature in all its glory, and what’s more natural than a volcano? To be more specific, the park is home to two of these glories, but it's the 4000-foot-tall Kilauea that is a must-see. Information regarding hiking trails and the potential to see (or not see) lava flow is available at the visitor’s center, and exploring for a day is something you will rave about. Nearby Mauna Loa reaches a massive 14 000 feet and is clearly visible for those wanting to snap some jaw-dropping selfies. Park admission is economical and family-friendly, but be sure to dedicate time to explore!


Kaunaoa Beach


Magazine cover-worthy, Kaunaoa beach looks to the naked eye like a photoshopped dream. Tourist traffic is high, so visit early and plan to spend a day snorkeling, bodyboarding, or relaxing on pristine white sands. When hunger strikes visit nearby Mauna Kea Resort, where you will be wined and dined in typical Hawaiian style. Beach fronts in the area are longer than one might imagine, so pay attention to the GPS when exploring.


Kona Coffee Living History Farm


Located on the Mamalahoa Highway, this historic property celebrates Hawaii’s early 20th-century coffee pioneers. Open Tuesdays and Fridays only, tours are self-guided, and guests are welcome to enjoy nature, observe the plantation’s staff at work, or explore the 1920s farmhouse onsite. Workers are in period costumes to deliver a rich and vibrant study of the past.



Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden


The epitome of the tropical rainforest experience, this nature reserve spans 20 acres of rolling rainforest and rich volcanic earth. Home to thousands of species ready and waiting to be spotted the park provides hours upon hours of possibility.


But what to do in Hawaii if you’re all “natured out”? We’ve got you.


The Mauna Key Spa by Mandara


Combining traditional Hawaiian and Balinese therapies, this luxury day spa offers massages, facials, wraps, and exfoliations, as well as everything else you need to beautify. Bask in the glow of hot stones, or whistle away tired skin with their mouthwatering, signature products. This spa is all about relaxation and zen, with a view to die for.


A Romantic Dinner for Two at CanoeHouse


Treating your significant other to some alone time is made easy at CanoeHouse. The restaurant synergizes land with sea and serves local produce fresh, pared-back, and fuss-free. Ambiental lighting (tiki torches, firepits, and stars, stars, stars) provide that romantic glow, and makes this the perfect place to pop the big question!


Stretch the body and the soul!


If you like to get active while on vacation, Hawaii is namaste and more! Staff at all vacation rentals have the lowdown on local gurus who offer offsite gatherings or private sessions for those wanting to “yoga” any time of day. At our vacation rental properties Hawaii is at its best. Our internationally renowned teachers are available through your onsite travel concierge, who will schedule private classes morning, noon, and night at a price that will keep you coming back.


Hit the Town!


Hawaii is famous for its nightlife. From casual restaurant bars to trendy, high-priced clubs, the Big Island has what you are looking for. Treat yourselves to a traditional Luau at Legends of the Pacific, enjoy the musical diversity of the Blue Dragon, or dance the night away at Lulu’s. It’s up to you, and the party almost never stops!


Just Chill!


Paradise vacations Hawaii is all about going with the flow. When in doubt, exhausted, or simply preparing for that inevitable trip home, you can choose to relax. Our luxury Villa Hale ‘o Ka La offers onsite everything you may be looking for around town. Enjoy architecturally designed, indoor-outdoor living, sip cocktails in the palapa bar, or relax those tired muscles in our waterfall grotto jacuzzi. Staff onsite are there to serve, and will cater to your every beck and call.


When on the Big Island the possibilities really are endless. Visit our other posts to learn what to see and do in Los Cabos and Mendocino!








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