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Great for outdoorsy types, we think best of all Hawaiian Islands, with friendliness, water activities, scenery, laid back ! Need to go back!
Love the Big Island. Had not been there for about 7 years. Hapuna Beach and mauna Kea great!. Snuba, swimming with dolphins (wild), and night time snorkeling with Manta Rays was Incredible.! For the none water babies in the crowd the beach (Hapuna esp) was super. the problem with the Big Island is too much to get through in one week! (Driving, for some, might be an issue, but we love to drive, so did not find it cumbersome). Despite best efforts, spent too much time in the rainforest one day, and Akaka Falls, that barely got time at the volcanoes. Love that this island is still quite peaceful, not overcrowded or insane like Waikiki on Oahu, or touristy like Maui. So much to offer, esp if you are an outdoorsy type. Teenager even very happy and relaxed! And even got a great manicure. People are very friendly, relaxed here, when you try to get info, not a "dog eat dog" type of area. Amazed to find some really tiny, low key, but fabulous food, in small towns,ex, Waimea and Hawi. Not super glossy touristy appearances, but low keyed, great food, and reasonable. ( A Mexican Restaurant, in Lonely Planet book, in Hawi, best Mexican we ever had on 4 continents!). Need to get back to the Big Island ASAP, to do the volcanoes more, and get diving certified. Weather, fine, can't control it, burned even on a cloudy day. If you are not the super snobby, must have everything super glossy, type, this is the place! (although, their very up market places like Hilton Waikola and Fairmont Orchid were fabulous to appreciate and enjoy also). Can't wait to go back! (Only wish, is west Jet would go to Costa Rica also). So glad West Jet now has direct flight from Vancouver to Big Island. (Heard horrible story from Americans, no flights to Kona for 4 days when they missed their connection in honolulu, they had to fly back to LA to get to Kona). REALLY appreciate you West Jet!
Big Island Hawaii was a great family holiday destination.
This was our first time to the Big Island and we stayed at Farway villas in Waikoloa Beach Resort. There was so much to do on the island ranging from many expensive excursions to free live entertainment. This island would fit anyones budget...You can feel like a movie star our at home like a local. We used the condo for most of our meal preparations but did splurge on a steak dinner at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse....it was fantastic. Brushed shoulders with Sylvester Stallone at Mauni Lani shops and watched a free fire dancer show as well. So much to do in the 10 days we were there that there were some things we could not fit in. We would go for at least 2 weeks next time. A GREAT TRIP.
It was awseome, still some things to do, ie helicopter ride, deep sea fishing etc
My wife and ispent 2 fantastic weeks on the Big Island (and of course we flew with WestJet)we stayed at a working coffee farm ( bed & breakfast) not far from the Kona airport , we explored all over the island and basically had a blast, weather was great and we would definitely make a return visit, thank you again to West Jet and their staff, they were great
Good January escape from Edmonton winter
The journey to Kona from Edmonton is somewhat long,especially the return journey, which means night flying, rather tiresome. we had trouble finding the westjet gate to get out of Kona, as we did not have the gate # given to us at check in. The check in agent never informed us about 45 mins delay. The island was great,the hotel comfortable but could be cleaner,especially the bath room. The weather was great, a few cloudy days and a windy one, but much more desirable than Edmonton in January. Yes, we would go back.