Question: Where to Stay on the Big Island

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We would like a side of The Big Island where we can drive to the Volcano. Some of us want to do the helicopter tour, but we want it to be more tropical, more restaurants, and more things to see and do. Do we need to book a hotel in Kona or Hilo?  - Glenn A.



We’ve written a few detailed articles that can help you decide:  Where to Stay on the Big Island, and an Overview of the Regions of the Big Island.

It is really going to depend on the exact activities you want to do.  If you want a lot of beach time then the Kohala Coast of Kona is probable where you want to be.  If you want to spend a lot of time at the Volcano and perhaps hiking/touring things such as the Waipio Valley, Akaka Falls, etc. then Hilo is for you.  You can still stay in Kona and visit the Volcanoes National Park - just factor in the 100 or so miles you will need to drive (each way) to get there…

If you have a list of specific activities you are interested in, let me know and I can help you answer your question.  Also, please take a look at our Big Island  itineraries section with ideas on how to plan your vacation depending on how long you have to spend on the Big Island.

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  1. Michelle says:

    Are there any condos on the Big Island that have pools with waterslides?


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